Thames Primary Academy

Name Thames Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 September 2014
Address Severn Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EE
Phone Number 01253341466
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 490 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.5
Academy Sponsor Thames Primary Academy
Local Authority Blackpool
Percentage Free School Meals 44.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.2%
Persisitent Absence 13.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The academy is much larger than the average-sized primary academy. Pupils are taught in 16 classes from the Reception Year to Year 6. A very large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds and speak English as their first language. Almost two thirds of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority). This is well-above-average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils who join or leave the academy at other than the usual times is above average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The academy also runs a nursery on the site. This is inspected separately by Ofsted. Thames Primary Academy converted to become an academy on 1 November 2012. When its predecessor school, Thames Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well throughout the academy from their different starting points. Children get a very good start to their learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teaching is good across the academy. Staff know pupils well and usually have high expectations of what they can achieve. Pupils supported through the pupil premium, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are well supported, make good progress and achieve well. ‘Pupils’ behaviour is good. They enjoy coming to the academy and are keen to learn. They say that they feel safe and are well looked after in the academy. Academy leaders, including governors, have a clear and accurate view of how well the academy is performing and where it can do better. They have worked well together to improve the quality of teaching and raise pupils’ achievement. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Parents are very supportive of the academy. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough. Occasionally pupils are not given work that is hard enough to challenge them to make the best possible progress, including the most-able pupils Achievement in writing is not as strong as in reading and mathematics. Sometimes pupils are not given enough guidance about what they need to do to improve their work, and staff do not always check that pupils follow this advice when it is given.