The Colleton Primary School

Name The Colleton Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Colleton Drive, Twyford, Reading, RG10 0AX
Phone Number 01189340530
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 359 (50.7% boys 49.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.9
Local Authority Wokingham
Percentage Free School Meals 5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.3%
Persistent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (03 July 2013)
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Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school that is undergoing a major building project to cater for the growing numbers of pupils joining the school. The vast majority of pupils come from a White British background. A few are from a range of minority ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils receiving the pupil premium is well below average. The pupil premium is extra money given to schools by the government to support pupils in the care of the local authority, known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families. The school currently has no pupils from service families and none in the care of the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs and receive support through school action is below average. The proportion being supported through school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is average. The school meets the government?s current floor targets, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress. The Starlings Children?s Centre and The Acorns pre-school are situated on the school site. These were not part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils? behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are courteous and friendly because relationships are strong. Their attitude to learning is excellent. They relish the opportunities provided for them to be independent and make their own choices about their learning, explaining ?it?s a great experience?. They feel really safe and are always keen to do what they can to make others safe around them. Parents and carers overwhelmingly agree. Pupils from all backgrounds achieve well over time and this year the rate of pupils? progress has improved further. The trend in standards in English and mathematics is above the national average by the end of Year 6. Teaching over time is good. Teachers are especially good at questioning pupils to check their understanding and they provide very good written and verbal advice on how to improve further. Leaders have made changes to staffing and worked hard to eradicate any weaker teaching. They are very good at knowing what needs to be improved and to provide the right training for all adults working in the school. As a result, evidence from pupils? work and observations indicate teaching currently is at least good and much is outstanding. Pupils have an extremely rich, varied and stimulating learning experience. It is inspired by a wide and interesting range of topics and themes which help to motivate them and contribute strongly to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Leaders have been highly successful in maintaining the exceptional learning climate whilst managing the increase in the number of pupils and the associated building project. Governors understand the school extremely well. They provide increasingly high levels of support and challenge, ensuring the school is returning to its previous effectiveness rapidly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching over recent years has not been consistently good enough to ensure that greater numbers of pupils make better than expected progress by the end of Year 6 and reach the highest national expectations.