Thorpe Willoughby Community Primary School

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About Thorpe Willoughby Community Primary School

Name Thorpe Willoughby Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Rachel Stanhope
Address Londesborough Grove, Fox Lane, Selby, YO8 9NX
Phone Number 01757703996
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 259
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Thorpe Willoughby Community Primary School is a caring and inclusive school. Pupils are friendly, welcoming and enjoy school. Relationships between adults and pupils are warm, positive and nurturing.

Leaders at all levels are passionate about their school and have high expectations. They are committed to ensuring that all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), thrive and achieve well.

Pupils are respectful and behave well in and around school.

Pupils know that bullying can be physical, verbal and that it can happen online. Bullying is rare. When it does happen, it is dealt with quickly.

Pupils say they feel... safe and are safe.

The school provides pupils with opportunities to develop their leadership skills. The School Councillors, Equality Ambassadors and Play Leaders take their roles seriously.

They understand the importance of being good role models for the younger pupils. Pupils take part in a range of activities as part of the '50 things to do before you leave Thorpe' programme. This gives pupils the opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

There is a range of clubs and extra-curricular activities for all pupils to enjoy. These include badminton, computing, Christmas crafts and recorders. Pupils talk enthusiastically about Young Voices.

They have enjoyed singing at Sheffield Arena with Heather Small.

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

The school has made significant improvements to the curriculum since the last inspection. This is reflected in the improved outcomes for pupils.

The curriculum is ambitious for all pupils, including those with SEND. The school has carefully considered how the curriculum builds pupils' knowledge from Reception to Year 6. Staff use assessment well to check pupils' knowledge and understanding.

This helps them to identify and address any gaps pupils might have. Pupils have positive attitudes to their learning and take pride in their work. They can recall what they have learned in previous years.

Leaders have prioritised the teaching of early reading. They understand the importance of all pupils becoming confident, fluent readers as quickly as possible. Phonics is taught from the start of Reception, ensuring children get off to a flying start.

Pupils' reading books are closely matched to the sounds they can read. Pupils who need extra help are identified quickly. They are given the support they need to catch up.

A love of reading is promoted throughout the school. Pupils enjoy reading. They like the class 'book club' sessions, where they talk about the books they have read and share recommendations.

The carefully planned early years curriculum ensures children make a good start to their school journey and are well prepared for Year 1 and beyond. Adults interact skilfully with the children, developing their knowledge and vocabulary. Children persevere and show resilience when they are playing independently.

They cooperate well with each other and share resources.

There are effective systems and processes for identifying pupils with SEND. Leaders have thought carefully about the provision for pupils with additional needs.

Staff know these pupils well and care for them. Pupils with SEND value the support they get. They make significant contributions in lessons.

Leaders at all levels have a sharp focus on improving attendance and punctuality. The school works with a range of external agencies to support parents and remove barriers to good attendance. This is contributing to a significant improvement in pupils' attendance and punctuality over time.

The school's values of community, respect, caring, aspiration, resilience and challenge are woven into the curriculum. Pupils can talk about the values confidently and know why they are important. Pupils are taught about equality and discrimination.

They know why it is important to treat others equally. Pupils know how to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy. They learn about the dangers of playing near railway tracks and knife crime so that they can keep themselves safe in the community.

Pupils are respectful and tolerant of others. They learn about different religions, such as Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. However, pupils cannot recall what they have learned in depth or talk about similarities and differences.

The school has not yet developed effective strategies to ensure pupils remember this aspect of the curriculum. This impacts on pupils' readiness for life in modern Britain.

Governors are knowledgeable and have a clear vision for the school.

They understand their statutory duties and have the skills to challenge and support the school. Staff feel well supported and are proud to work at Thorpe Willoughby Community Primary School.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Pupils do not remember enough about world faiths and cultures. As a result, they are not able to discuss the similarities and differences of different faiths and beliefs. Leaders should develop strategies to help pupils better remember this aspect of the curriculum so they are fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

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