Upwell Academy

Name Upwell Academy
Website http://www.upwellacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 19 June 2013
Address School Road, Upwell, Wisbech, PE14 9EW
Phone Number 01945773220
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 188 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23
Academy Sponsor Eastern Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 21.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.7%
Persisitent Absence 5.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds; very few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. A below-average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (the additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, for children in local authority care and for pupils with a parent in the armed forces). The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum standards for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children make good progress in Reception, and develop a wide range of skills and understanding. Most pupils make good progress from Year 1 to Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is mainly good, and some is outstanding. Disabled pupils and those who have a statement of special educational needs make good progress. The school makes good use of outdoor areas to foster pupils’ interest in learning. Behaviour is good. Pupils feel that they are listened to and that any concerns are dealt with quickly. Pupils feel very safe in school, and safeguarding processes are robust. The headteacher has a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Leaders and managers have successfully made necessary changes to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The governors provide effective challenge and support, and have made changes that have improved the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching. Pupils lack confidence when asked to undertake work that requires them to find things out on their own. More-able pupils do not make as much progress as other pupils. Although they are catching up, the standards reached by pupils eligible for the pupil premium are still lower than those of other pupils in the school. Parents have not always been kept well enough informed of the changes that have been made to improve teaching and learning. Information that shows how well different types of pupils are doing in different subjects is not shared with all leaders and managers.