Weldon Church of England Primary School

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About Weldon Church of England Primary School

Name Weldon Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.weldonceprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Kirstin Howarth
Address Chapel Road, Weldon, Corby, NN17 3HP
Phone Number 01536265288
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203
Local Authority North Northamptonshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a happy and welcoming school.

Pupils are polite and well mannered. Pupils told inspectors that their school is 'a friendly, supportive and respectful place to be.'

Pupils enjoy the variety of extra-curricular events that enrich their learning.

They enjoy visits to museums and taking part in residentials with their classmates. Pupils are proud to represent their school in sports tournaments. They like singing alongside other choirs.

They care about their local community and have opportunities to raise funds for charities.Pupils behave well. They want to do their best and follow the 'Weldon Way.'

They are proud to receive awards. Pup...ils look out for each other. Older pupils enjoy helping younger pupils.

Pupils say that bullying is rare. They know that if it did happen, staff will resolve any worries quickly. Parents and carers say that their children feel safe.

Pupils are keen to learn and achieve well. They enjoy reading a variety of books. They relish solving problems in mathematics.

They learn complex vocabulary that helps them to discuss interesting ideas. Sometimes, leaders do not make checks on what pupils have remembered. Some pupils do not receive precise support to keep up in all lessons.

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

Leaders have made root and branch changes to ensure pupils receive a good education. They have ensured that all staff have high expectations of pupils. Staff receive training to improve their teaching and their understanding of the school's curriculum.

Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. They have identified the most important knowledge pupils need to learn for all subjects in each year group. This ensures that teachers can teach the curriculum in a logical order, so pupils' knowledge builds over time.

Leaders ensure that teachers have appropriate resources that help them to deliver the planned learning. In lessons, teachers provide clear, precise information that helps pupils know more of the school's curriculum. However, teachers are not consistently revisiting and checking what pupils have remembered.

This prevents them from identifying the precise gaps in knowledge pupils may have.Leaders make sure that reading lies at the heart of the curriculum. They make sure that phonics is taught well from the start of Reception.

Pupils are given books that match their reading ability. Leaders select appropriate books for each year group, including poetry, stories and non-fiction. Teachers ensure pupils understand the complex language they encounter in books.

They ensure pupils develop the necessary knowledge to understand increasingly demanding books. Teachers nurture a love of reading. They read to pupils every day.

Pupils talk about the books they choose to read and why.In mathematics, teachers follow an ambitious and well-sequenced curriculum. Teachers know the subject well.

This enables them to spot pupils' errors or misconceptions quickly. Teachers use regular checks to identify any mathematical knowledge that they need to revisit. They use resources well to help pupils use their knowledge to solve problems.

Leaders are quick to identify pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Where needed, leaders involve outside agencies, so that they can meet the needs of pupils with SEND. Leaders ensure support is put in place.

However, some adults do not have the expertise they need to help pupils with SEND to remember the school's curriculum as well as they could.Children in the early years get off to a good start. Relationships are warm and positive between adults and children.

Children have many opportunities to develop their knowledge of vocabulary, numbers and writing. Adults ask questions and guide children to build on their learning. Learning in Reception connects with the learning pupils will encounter as they move through school.

This sets children up well to succeed in Year 1 and beyond.

Leaders prioritise pupils' well-being. Pupils are encouraged to show resilience and ambition to achieve their goals.

They are respectful of each other and adults alike. They learn about different beliefs and family structures. Pupils have a clear understanding of right and wrong.

School leaders and trust leaders understand the needs of their staff and pupils well. Trust leaders provide the school with training to develop staff expertise. Governors understand the school and its community.

They use this knowledge to support leaders.Staff enjoy working at the school. They value the opportunities they receive to develop their expertise in their roles.

Teachers appreciate the consideration that leaders have for their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure staff understand what to do should they have worries about a pupil.

Leaders act straight away on any concerns, however, small. Leaders seek advice from other agencies. They persist to secure help for pupils and families if needed.

Leaders ensure recruitment procedures are thorough.

Pupils learn to keep themselves safe in different situations, for example near railway lines. Pupils are alert to the risks of the online world.

They learn about respectful relationships and personal space. Pupils say that they trust adults in school will listen and help with any worries they have.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Pupils with SEND do not achieve consistently well in all areas of the curriculum.

This is because some staff do not adapt the curriculum well enough to meet their needs. Leaders should ensure that teachers have the expertise to adapt the curriculum for pupils with SEND, so they know more over time.

• In some subjects, assessment is at an early stage of development.

This means the teachers and leaders do not have a clear understanding of what pupils have remembered. This does not help teachers to identify and address gaps in pupils' learning. Leaders should ensure that all subjects have clear procedures for staff to make checks on what pupils know and remember.

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