The Grove Primary School

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About The Grove Primary School

Name The Grove Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Elspeth Rowe
Address Campkin Road, Cambridge, CB4 2NB
Phone Number 01223577017
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 251
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy and well cared for at The Grove. They are kind to one another and look after each other at playtimes. From the start of early years, children establish routines that set them up well for their time in school.

Pupils are safe. They build strong relationships with adults and are confident to speak to them if they have any worries. Pupils try their best because of adults' high expectations.

Most pupils behave well; they are fully engaged in learning and work hard in lessons. This includes those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils understand and demonstrate the school values of being 'ready, respectful and safe'.
<>Pupils are clear that these values underpin everything that they do in the school.

There is a range of activities that help to deepen pupils' talents and interests. These include various sports clubs and a choir.

There are trips out that enhance pupils' learning, such as to a local museum and careers fair.

Pupils celebrate the school's diversity, both of their peers and staff. When pupils talk about diversity and difference, a typical view is, 'Everyone is normal here.

Being you is what makes you special.'

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has established a well-designed, broad and ambitious curriculum. It clearly sets out and sequences the important information that pupils need to know in all subjects from the early years to Year 6.

This helps pupils to build on what they already know. A few subject leaders are still developing their assessment processes to help them to monitor and evaluate the impact of the new curriculum plans that are in place.

The school prioritises reading.

Teachers use high-quality texts to reflect the diversity and cultures of pupils in the school. Pupils have regular opportunities to read and enjoy books. This begins in the Nursery as children listen to and learn nursery rhymes.

Phonics teaching starts as soon as children enter the Reception class. Well-trained staff teach early reading effectively. Books are well matched to the sounds that pupils know.

This helps most pupils to build a secure knowledge of phonics and to read with fluency. For those who find reading tricky, including older pupils, targeted support helps them to keep up and become fluent readers.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge in the curriculum areas where they have received support and training.

This helps them to deliver the curriculum well. In these subjects, teachers present information clearly. They adapt their teaching and routinely check what pupils know and remember.

However, in a small number of subjects, their expertise is less secure. In these areas, teachers do not adapt lessons or check whether pupils have gaps in their knowledge as effectively. As a result, pupils do not always have a deep enough understanding of what they have learned.

The school skilfully identifies and supports pupils with SEND. Staff ensure that there are careful adaptations to teaching, which helps pupils with SEND to achieve well. The school gives effective pastoral support to help pupils overcome anxieties and barriers to learning.

The school knows these pupils and their families well. This means that staff can provide well-tailored support to help pupils and families when needed.

Children in early years quickly settle and engage in their learning.

They are confident learners. Staff encourage children to use ambitious vocabulary from the start. For example, children were able to understand and use the word 'submerged' during an investigation on floating and sinking.

They used 'departure' when they talked about their class storybook.

Behaviour around the school and in lessons is calm. On the rare occasions when pupils fall out with each other, they are well supported to resolve their differences.

This includes by trained pupils who act as 'peer mediators'. These pupils are proud to help and support others when there are issues. Pupils attend school regularly.

The school has introduced several effective approaches to help reduce pupil absence.

There is a clear, well-planned personal, social, health and economic education programme in place. This gives pupils the knowledge they need at an age-appropriate level.

A number of trips and visits help to enrich pupils' knowledge and interests. Pupils have a range of leadership responsibilities. These include junior leaders and sports council members.

Junior leaders, for example, proudly explain how they support Remembrance Day through selling poppies in school.

The governing body has a good understanding of the school. This is the result of a well-planned monitoring programme.

This enables governors to challenge and support leaders effectively. Governors and leaders are considerate of staff workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some areas of the curriculum, teachers are still developing their subject knowledge. This means that they do not always adapt activities or explain information as clearly as they could. As a result, sometimes, pupils do not develop deep and detailed knowledge of their subjects.

The school should ensure it continues to support teachers in developing the skills and knowledge they need in all subjects. ? In some subjects, some aspects of assessment need further development to ensure that gaps and misconceptions in pupils' knowledge are clearly identified, and then addressed, to help pupils to deepen their understanding. The school must ensure that assessment processes in all subjects are of equally high quality so that pupils learn as well as they should.

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