This is a good school The principal provides strong and inspiring leadership. She is determined that Thorplands' pupils will leave the school well prepared for their secondary education.
The principal has quickly developed an effective team of senior leaders. Together, they have secured better teaching through high-quality training and coaching. School staff work well together.
They are a positive and dedicated team, willing to go the extra mile to ensure that pupils achieve well. The members of the academic advisory board have a wide range of expertise. This enables them to provide the necessary support and challenge to school leaders.
Good teaching ...and accurate assessment ensure that pupils who are currently in school make good progress in key stages 1 and 2. The current Year 6 pupils reached standards in line with the national averages in writing and mathematics. However, standards were not as high in reading.
Children in the Reception class love the exciting range of activities and enjoy discovering things for themselves. They make good progress from their starting points. Pupils work with concentration and enthusiasm in lessons.
At breaktimes, they have a great range of activities to enjoy, including climbing trees and making dens in 'the secret garden'. Pupils thrive in this happy school. Their personal development is outstanding.
The rich and varied curriculum includes many opportunities for pupils to work independently and show initiative and imagination. There is an excellent range of clubs, including sporting clubs, for pupils in key stages 1 and 2. Leaders have taken decisive action to improve the quality of provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
However, provision for this group is not yet consistently strong throughout the school. Pupils frequently develop their writing skills in different subject areas. There are fewer opportunities for pupils to practise or extend the skills they learn in mathematics.
Pupils' behaviour is good. Their attendance is above the national average. Pupils feel safe and cared for well.
Information about this school
The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. A new principal took up her post in September 2016.
A new vice-principal took up her post in April 2017. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' progress and attainment at the end of Year 6.
The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is close to the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above the national average. The school runs a breakfast club.
Just over half the pupils are White British. The remainder come from a variety of different minority ethnic groups. In September 2016, the regional schools commissioner wrote to the members and trustees of the academy's sponsor, The Education Fellowship Trust (TEFT), due to its poor performance.
In March 2017, the Department for Education agreed to a request from the trust to terminate their funding agreement for all 12 of their schools. As a result, all of them, including Thorplands Primary School, will be re-brokered by the regional schools commissioner. At the time of the inspection, the new sponsor had not been confirmed and, therefore, TEFT remains in place as the sponsor until that matter is resolved.