West Cliff Primary School

Name West Cliff Primary School
Website http://www.west-cliff.n-yorks.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 November 2013
Address Church Square, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EG
Phone Number 01947602510
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
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.