Walbottle Village Primary School

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About Walbottle Village Primary School

Name Walbottle Village Primary School
Website http://www.walbottlevillage.newcastle.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Alison Oliver
Address The Green, Walbottle Village, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE15 8JL
Phone Number 01912675320
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 172
Local Authority Newcastle upon Tyne
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and executive headteacher lead by example. They set exacting standards, offering suitable challenge and support to enable staff to rise to meet them. Their aspirations for pupils are high.

Senior leaders are rightly proud of the school's strengths and have an honest knowledge and understanding of its weaknesses. Their focus on further development is suitably keen. Senior leaders ensure that pupils experience a full, inspiring curriculum.

This widens pupils' horizons, enhances their daily experiences and prepares them well for the future. Leaders' systems of assessment for subjects beyond English and mathematics are develop...ing well. Subject leaders are full of enthusiasm for their specialism.

Their own subject knowledge and skills are secure. Subject leaders' plans for improvement, including those for English and science, however, are not sufficiently sharp. Teaching and learning in key stages 1 and 2 are good.

Teachers use assessment information to plan tasks and learning across subjects that accurately meet the needs of most pupils. Over time, therefore, pupils make strong progress and are well prepared for the next year or key stage. Specific strengths are mathematics and phonics.

Nevertheless, at times, the most able pupils are not challenged sufficiently well. Leaders and teachers promote reading and writing effectively. Knowledgeable staff extend pupils' vocabulary well.

Classrooms are literacy and numeracy rich. Stories, high-quality texts and a wealth of reading material excite pupils' interests and help them develop a love of reading. However, particularly in Reception and across key stage 1, there is inconsistency in how regularly adults listen to pupils read.

Also, the quality of pupils' spelling, handwriting and presentation sometimes varies across subjects. Pupils are full of life and delightfully cheerful. Their broad smiles and hearty welcomes brighten everyone's day.

Respectful, sociable behaviour is the norm in this inclusive school. Pupils across key stages feel safe. They are very well looked after by kind, caring and attentive staff.

Adults and pupils get along extremely well, creating together a distinctively happy buzz of learning and activity. In the early years, resources are enticing. Overall, teaching and learning are effective.

Children get off to a particularly strong start in Nursery. They make good progress and are very well prepared for Reception. Reception children make speediest progress when they work directly with staff.

Some areas of provision lack challenge and purpose. This is especially evident during child-initiated activity.

Information about this school

This is a slightly smaller than average-sized primary school.

The school is part of the Valour multi-academy trust. The board of trustees delegates some governance responsibilities to a local advisory board. Further information is available by visiting the school's website.

The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is much smaller than typically found in other schools nationally. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils with SEND is lower than the national average. The proportion of SEND pupils who have an education, health and care plan is also below the national average. The school offers a free breakfast club and a broad range of after-school clubs and activities.

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