Waterthorpe Infant School

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About Waterthorpe Infant School

Name Waterthorpe Infant School
Website http://www.waterthorpeinfantschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Michelle Clayton -Appleby
Address Thorpe Drive, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, S20 7JU
Phone Number 01142484943
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 166
Local Authority Sheffield
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school School leaders and governors know their school well.

Their precise identification of strengths and weaknesses over time means that pupils get the support they need and make good progress overall. An emphasis on children's basic skills development in early years means that children make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics from their lower-than-typical starting points. High expectations of what most-able pupils can achieve results in the proportion of pupils reaching higher standards by the end of Year 2 in reading, writing and mathematics being at least similar to, and sometimes better than, the national average.

Pupils with ...special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are very well supported. Consequently, they make strong progress from their different starting points. Pupils eagerly take part in a wide range of activities to support their learning and well-being.

However, the quality of learning across the curriculum varies and needs further development. Middle leaders have good subject knowledge and enthusiasm for their subject but currently have limited opportunities to share, direct and check improvement across the school. The staff team's work to involve parents in learning and celebrations is a strength.

A wide range of family learning sessions help parents to understand and support the progress their children make, for example in reading. Pupils enjoy school, behave well and delight in engaging with adults about their learning. Adults' concerted attention to instil a joy in reading from the moment children start school is strikingly apparent in Nursery.

Children eagerly follow the great example adults set of sharing books and comics, retelling stories with expression, finding out new information and talking about stories and characters. Pupils' outcomes in phonics have improved. However, their progress is not as strong as it could be, because the teaching of phonics is not consistently good.

Children do not have phonetically decodable reading books when they start to read, so they do not get off to a strong start in reading with fluency and accuracy. This is particularly the case for lower-ability and disadvantaged pupils. Leaders have made good strides in improving pupils' attendance.

However, a slightly higher-than-average proportion of pupils are still persistently absent from school. This means that they miss out on the good experiences on offer and this negatively effects their progress.

Information about this school

Recent changes have taken place in the senior leadership of the school.

The headship is now shared between the long-serving headteacher and the previous key stage 1 leader, in a four- and one-day split. The school is smaller than the average-sized school of its type. The school runs a breakfast club.

There is a privately run after-school club on the school site. The early years consists of a Nursery and two Reception classes. The proportion of pupils receiving identified support for SEND is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils in receipt of the additional pupil premium funding is just above the national average. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average.

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