The Victory Primary School

Name The Victory Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, PO6 4QP
Phone Number 02392001160
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 449 (52.3% boys 47.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Academy Sponsor United Learning Trust
Local Authority Portsmouth
Percentage Free School Meals 41.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.4%
Persistent Absence 18.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.2%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (28 April 2015)
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Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The Victory Primary School converted to become a United Learning sponsor-led academy in September 2013. When its predecessor school, The Victory Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, in November 2012, it was judged to be in special measures. The headteacher took up his post in September 2013. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is twice the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding which in this school supports pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is twice the national average. There are two classes in each year group and three in Year 6. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The early years provision comprises of a part-time nursery for three-year-olds and two full-time Reception classes. The school is part of the Paulsgrove cluster of primary schools that works together to help raise standards and improve experiences for pupils. Portswood Teaching School Alliance has supported the school. King Richard Secondary School has supported the school. The school includes and manages a 23-place resource base, referred to as Rainbows, for pupils from early years to Year 6 with speech, language and social communication difficulties. Portsmouth Council allocates places to children from across the city with statements. The school provides a number of after-school clubs and a well-attended breakfast club that is managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is well led. The headteacher provides strong leadership and is supported effectively by senior leaders, staff and governors. This leadership has been a significant factor in the rapid improvements made since the school became an academy. The school has received high quality support from the academy trust. The school’s commitment to equality and to making sure all pupils succeed is strong. Attainment is rising because pupils are now making good progress. They achieve well from low starting points. Teaching is good in all areas. Teachers question pupils effectively in order to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Teaching assistants are used well to support pupils’ learning. Children in the early years make a good start to their education, especially in developing their language and personal skills. Pupils say they feel safe and recognise that the staff are caring. Governors provide challenge. The new members are committed to supporting the improvements made and have a clear understanding of the school priorities. Effective support given to pupils in the resource base ensures they make good progress from their various starting points. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching is not high enough to ensure all pupils make outstanding progress. Pupils are not always given time to improve their work after it has been marked. Pupils are not always given the right resources to complete their work. Pupils from a few families do not always attend as regularly as they should.