Victoria Road Primary School

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About Victoria Road Primary School


Name Victoria Road Primary School
Website https://www.victoriaroad.cheshire.sch.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Suzanne Minor
Address Victoria Road, Northwich, CW9 5RE
Phone Number 01606663061
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 144
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils happily come into school each morning. They are welcomed by caring staff on arrival.

Relationships between staff and pupils are especially strong. This enables pupils to be ready to learn. Pupils are keen to come to school and said that everyone is welcome at their school.

Once inside their classrooms, pupils settle swiftly. They try hard with their work. The school's values of 'inspire, nurture, accomplish' are enacted in pupils' behaviour.

Pupils listen carefully to their teachers. They participate in their learning with great enthusiasm. Pupils take into account the views of one another and they are keen to share their new learning.

The sch...ool has high aspirations for the academic success of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Overall, pupils in key stage 1 and 2 gain a secure body of knowledge across a range of subjects. However, in the early years, children do not build up their knowledge as well as they should.

This means that some children are not well prepared for Year 1.

Beyond their lessons, pupils benefit from a range of activities. For instance, they enjoy attending clubs such as gardening, cooking and sports.

Pupils are helped to develop as active citizens, both locally and globally. For example, pupils take part in litter picks to keep their local area neat and tidy and raise money for a school in Kenya.

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

This school has faced significant change and turmoil in recent years.

In 2023, the proportion of Year 6 pupils meeting the expected standards in reading and mathematics was significantly below the national average. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and weaknesses in the previous curriculum, meant that pupils had too many gaps in their learning to achieve as well as they should. Working with the trust, the school has ensured that the curriculums have been strengthened.

As a result, pupils currently at the school enjoy a good quality of education. They emerge as well-rounded young people who are ready for the next stage of their education.

The school provides an ambitious curriculum.

In most subjects, the curriculum identifies the important knowledge that pupils should learn. Teachers' secure subject knowledge supports them to choose activities that help pupils to know and remember more. In addition, teachers regularly check on how well pupils are learning.

Teachers use the information from these checks well to reshape their teaching. For example, they provide additional opportunities for pupils to revisit prior learning when necessary.

In a small number of subjects, the school has not finalised its curriculum design.

This means that the information that staff use to design a series of lessons is not as clear as it could be. This prevents teachers from helping pupils to build their knowledge over time. It also hampers teachers from checking how well pupils are learning the most important knowledge in these subjects over time.

In these subjects, teachers do not identify what pupils know. This means that teachers do not know if learning is secure before new concepts are taught.

In the early years, the newly revised curriculum is ambitious for children.

However, due to some staff's underdeveloped knowledge of how children learn, the delivery of this curriculum is not as effective as leaders intend. Some children are not as well prepared for the move into key stage 1 by the end of the Reception Year as they should be.

The school gives high priority to the teaching of early reading.

Pupils develop a love of reading. For example, children in the Reception class enjoy listening and joining in with familiar stories. Well-trained staff deliver the phonics programme effectively across the early years and key stage 1.

Pupils who struggle with learning their sounds are quickly identified and supported well to catch up. The books that pupils read are carefully matched to the sounds that they know. Parents and carers are well supported so that they can help their children practise reading at home.

Older pupils are fluent and accurate readers who can access the full curriculum successfully.

The additional needs of pupils with SEND are identified swiftly. Staff adapt their delivery of the curriculum so that pupils with SEND learn alongside their classmates.

Pupils with complex needs are given the individual help that they need to learn all that they should.

Pupils know and understand the school's rules. They know that they are expected to be 'kind, safe and ready'.

At breaktimes, pupils enjoy playing in different zones in the playground. They run, climb and dig, taking advantage of the many activities on offer. Pupils, including those who arrive at the school from other countries, play harmoniously with their friends.

The school has carefully considered how it promotes pupils' personal development. Pupils learn about healthy relationships and how to stay safe. Pupils develop their leadership skills through a range of roles.

These include house captains, mental health ambassadors and pupil parliamentarians. This enables pupils to positively contribute to the smooth running of the school.

Trustees and members of the local governing body know the school well.

They provide appropriate support and challenge. They are especially mindful of the impact of the pace of change on staff's well-being and workload. As a result, staff feel valued.

They are proud to be part of the school community.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, the school has not finalised the guidance and support that teachers need to deliver these curriculums as effectively as they could.

This hinders teachers when designing learning for pupils. This prevents pupils from progressing as well as they should through these curriculums. The school should ensure that teachers have all the information that they need to deliver the subject curriculums well.

• In a small number of subjects, teachers' assessment strategies do not check that pupils are learning the most important knowledge over time. This means that teachers are not sure if pupils' learning is secure. The school should ensure that checks on pupils' learning identify and address gaps in pupils' understanding of key concepts.

• The school has not ensured that the staff in the early years have the expertise that they need to deliver the curriculum consistently well. As a result, children do not learn all that they should in readiness for their move into Year 1. The school should ensure that staff have the skills and knowledge about how children learn so that they are able to design learning activities that help children learn well.


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