|Name||West Cliff Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 November 2013|
|Address||Church Square, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EG|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.0|
|Academy Sponsor||Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust|
|Local Authority||North Yorkshire|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.1%|
Information about this school
This is a smaller-than-average primary school in which almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils supported by school action is above average. An average proportion of pupils are supported by school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium funding is average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets current floor standards, which are the government’s minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Year 6. A breakfast club and after-school care are provided by the school during term time. Pre-school provision is available on site. This provision is not managed by the governing body and was not part of this inspection.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The headteacher’s outstanding leadership has taken the school forward rapidly since the previous inspection. Children get off to a very good start in the Reception class from well below expected starting points for their age. Good progress is firmly rooted throughout the school and standards are rising quickly. The quality of teaching is good, with some that is outstanding. Teachers’ expectations are high. They use assessment well to match work to pupils’ abilities and challenge them well. The management of teaching and learning is highly effective. It has strengthened weaker areas, lifted overall performance significantly and has had a very positive impact on pupils’ achievement. The work of the governing body is extremely well focused on raising standards in the school and improving pupils’ life chances. It is not yet an outstanding school because : More consistently outstanding teaching is needed to raise the quality to outstanding overall. Newly introduced methods for the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar are not used sufficiently well in all year groups Pupils’ handwriting is not always good enough. Sometimes the pace of learning slackens in lessons because time and resources are not used to best effect.