The Piggott School

Name The Piggott School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Twyford Road, Wargrave, Reading, RG10 8DS
Phone Number 01189402357
Type Academy
Age Range 4-18
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1637 (52.2% boys 47.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.5
Academy Sponsor The Piggott Church Of England School
Local Authority Wokingham
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.7%
Persistent Absence 8.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (29 November 2017)
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Information about this school

The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The Piggott School is a Church of England academy associated with the Diocese of Oxford. The current headteacher was appointed in September 2014. The Piggott School is a large all-through school. The one-form-entry primary school, Charvil Piggott Primary School, is based on a different site approximately two miles away. It opened in September 2013 and currently has pupils from Reception to Year 4. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities or are supported with an educational, health and care plan is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The majority of pupils are White British. Almost 6% are Asian or Asian British. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress at key stage 4. The sixth-form outcomes meet the 16 to 18 minimum standards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher provides very strong leadership. He encourages staff to have high aspirations of pupils and expects his pupils to succeed. Pupils at key stages 4 and 5 make exceptional progress from their starting points. Leaders and governors are highly ambitious and regularly review the progress of all pupils to ensure that appropriate support is in place. This includes those who are disadvantaged or who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. This is particularly effective at the secondary phase where vulnerable pupils make progress above national standards. The school?s Christian culture and values are fully owned, both by staff and by pupils. Pupils are respectful, courteous and polite to one another and to staff. There are very few incidents of poor behaviour. Pupils really enjoy coming to school and typically rarely miss a day. Pupils are rightly proud of their school, their achievements and how they contribute to the local community. They display a positive attitude to learning and respond confidently to teachers? challenging questions. Leaders ensure that high-quality safeguarding procedures are in place to protect pupils. Governors are a highly skilled team who support and challenge leaders appropriately on school improvement. The strong relationships between staff and pupils ensure that behaviour is typically superb. The progress pupils make across key stage 1 is improving. It is broadly in line with national standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Leaders are taking appropriate action, building leadership capacity and developing the curriculum to further improve outcomes in writing. Teaching in the early years is good, and children make good progress from different starting points. Pupils? spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is woven throughout the curriculum. Most teachers have strong subject knowledge and plan activities that are interesting and stimulating. However, there is variability in the quality of teaching and the rate of pupils? progress in the primary phase. Leaders are taking the right action to address this.