Wellington Lions Primary Academy

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Wellington Lions Primary Academy


Name Wellington Lions Primary Academy
Website http://www.wellingtonprimary.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address Oatway Road, Tidworth, SP9 7FP
Phone Number 01264310780
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 302 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Academy Sponsor Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust
Local Authority Wiltshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%
Persisitent Absence 6.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 November 2019)
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What is it like to attend this school?

Newly appointed staff, including the cluster headteacher, are rapidly improving the school. However, the quality of education is not yet good. There are still too many weaknesses in how different subjects are planned. Leaders do not ensure that pupils learn to read well, particularly in key stage 2. This prevents pupils from getting the depth of knowledge they need to achieve well.

However, pupils enjoy coming to school. They are well cared for and like to look after each other. Staff make sure that pupils feel welcome when they join the school, including those from military backgrounds who might not join at the usual times. ‘Buddies’ and ‘play pals’ ensure that new arrivals settle quickly. Pupils feel happy and safe.

Leaders set high expectations through the school’s values. These are prominent in school. Pupils understand the school’s rules and why these are important. As a result, pupils behave well in a calm and purposeful environment. A minority of parents and carers are concerned about bullying. However, we found that bullying is rare. When it happens, pupils told us that it is dealt with ‘instantly’. Pupils have strong and trusting relationships with staff.

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

Leaders, many of whom are new to their posts, are currently reviewing what they want pupils to learn in different subjects, including reading and phonics. Leaders understand the importance of reading. Pupils enjoy reading and talk enthusiastically about books, such as ‘Private Peaceful’, which they read in Year 6. However, leaders are not clear how they want reading to be taught, particularly in key stage 2. The lack of a common approach gets in the way of all pupils learning to read well.

Leaders have implemented a daily phonics programme to help pupils learn their letters and sounds. This includes the children in Reception. However, some pupils in key stage 1 who have fallen behind, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), do not have precise next steps to help them catch up quickly. Furthermore, the phonics books they are given to read are too hard. This means that pupils often stumble over words, which holds them back.

Pupils enjoy learning in the full range of subjects. Leaders have devised subject overviews that set out what pupils should learn, including in mathematics, history, physical education (PE) and French. However, leaders have not ensured that these plans are well sequenced, with identified building blocks to help pupils learn best. As a result, pupils sometimes struggle to remember key knowledge when they return to a subject. For example, this can occur when pupils consider events in time and their significance in history, or how to work scientifically. This prevents pupils from knowing and remembering more or gaining essential knowledge at given points in their education.

Teachers do not check what pupils know, understand and can do well enough in different subjects, including those pupils who have fallen behind in reading. As a result, pupils do not consistently achieve as highly as they could in readiness for the next stage in their education.

Many pupils have roles which help them to feel special. For example, being a school councillor or class monitor gives pupils ways to contribute to the school. Pupils are respectful and considerate. They want to make positive contributions and enjoy having responsibilities. Pupils told us how everybody is important. They are sensitive to the needs of others, including those in the nurture provision or pupils who need a little extra support through the ‘camo club’. There is a strong sense of unity and community, especially in the support for pupils when their parents are away on military service. The school helps pupils in their immediate and long-term personal, social and emotional development.

The Reception classes are busy with children enjoying many different well-planned activities. Teachers carefully match work so that all children do well, including those with SEND. Staff ensure that the full range of children’s personal and social needs are well met. In addition, staff waste no time in getting children off to a strong start in learning their letters, sounds and numbers. Consequently, children are well prepared for the challenges of key stage 1.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that there is a strong culture of safeguarding. Staff are fully vetted and well trained in child protection. Leaders take the necessary steps to work with other agencies to protect pupils. The joined-up approach to pupils’ care, including the attendance welfare officer (AWO), provides timely support for pupils. For example, following military deployment, leaders quickly follow up if pupils do not arrive on their due date.

Pupils say that they feel safe. They understand how to keep safe in different situations. For example, they know how to evacuate the school in the event of an emergency.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Leaders are prioritising reading. As a consequence, the reading strategy is being overhauled. However, there are inconsistencies in how reading is taught, particularly in key stage 2. Leaders need to implement an agreed and robust approach to the teaching of reading, including assessment. . The school has a daily phonics programme in place. This identifies those pupils who need additional support to catch up. However, teachers do not use assessment information precisely or in a timely fashion to inform pupils’ next steps. In addition, pupils’ phonics books are not suitably matched to their phonics knowledge. Leaders need to ensure that teachers’ assessments are useful in planning pupils’ phonics knowledge, including the books they are reading. . Subject leaders are continuing to revise what they want pupils to learn in each subject. However, the building blocks of learning are not yet coherently planned, for example in science and history. Leaders need to implement curricular models based upon an agreed understanding of pupils’ progression of knowledge and how this will be assessed.