Tarporley CofE Primary School

Name Tarporley CofE Primary School
Website http://www.tarporleyce.cheshire.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 November 2014
Address Park Road, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0AN
Phone Number 01244981230
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 229 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Percentage Free School Meals 7.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%
Persisitent Absence 1.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Tarporley CofE Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium, at around one in 14 pupils, is much lower than average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, which is around one in 12 pupils, is about half the national average. The very large majority of pupils are of White British heritage, and almost all speak English as their first language. There have been a number of staff changes since the last inspection, including some leadership appointments. A breakfast club and after-school club, managed by the governing body, provide childcare for pupils at the start and end of each school day. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, other leaders and governors are working effectively to improve the quality of teaching and to raise standards. They have a very clear idea of what further actions are still needed. As a result, the school is improving strongly. Pupils’ standards in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are rising. In 2014, their attainment in both reading and mathematics was well above average. Pupils get off to a good start in the Reception Year and they continue to make good progress throughout the school. School leaders make detailed checks on the quality of teaching and on the progress that pupils are making. Pupils enjoy exciting and interesting lessons and topics. Many clubs, activities, trips and special events help to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding well. Relationships between adults and pupils are warm and respectful. Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve. The quality of teaching is good and continues to improve. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding because they have highly positive attitudes towards learning. They are cared for very well and feel completely safe in school. Parents are very supportive of the school and its leaders. They take full advantage of many opportunities to come into school and to become involved in their children’s learning. Governors know the school well, and are closely involved in checking how well it is doing, and in planning for the future. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The progress that pupils make in writing is slower than in reading and mathematics. As a result, their standards in writing, although improving, are below those they reach in other subjects. Teachers do not always encourage pupils to use what they know about the rules of grammar, or consistently correct their spellings. As a result, pupils’ writing is sometimes let down by their weak use of grammar and their spelling.