West Croft School

Name West Croft School
Website http://www.westcroft.devon.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address Coronation Road, Bideford, EX39 3DE
Phone Number 01237473548
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 628 (52.4% boys 47.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.2
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 23.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%
Persisitent Absence 13.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (15 May 2018)
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Information about this school

The school was previously inspected as West Croft Junior School in October 2014 and was graded as good for its overall effectiveness. Since the inspection, the school has amalgamated with a neighbouring infant and nursery school but did not form a new school. The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from a White British background. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement While standards overall have declined since the last inspection, standards in reading and writing in 2017 improved and were close to the national averages. However, pupils’ progress in mathematics at key stage 2 was slow and below national expectations. Until recently, governors did not hold school leaders sufficiently to account for the progress being made by pupils, including disadvantaged pupils. As a result, the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement declined. Outcomes for disadvantaged pupils are too low. Leaders have identified that teachers need to provide greater challenge for the most able pupils in mathematics at key stage 2. The curriculum does not provide pupils with sufficient opportunities to learn about other faiths. This does not help to prepare them well for life in a multi-faith society. Subject leaders do not have a comprehensive understanding of how pupils are achieving in their subjects across the school. Rates of attendance have fallen below national averages since the previous inspection. New initiatives introduced by the school have reversed this decline. The proportion of pupils reaching the expected level for phonics in Year 1 improved in 2017 but was still below the national average. The school has the following strengths The recently appointed headteacher has an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. She has acted quickly to address weaknesses. The actions taken have led to rapid improvements in the quality of teaching and rising standards across the school. Recent external support has helped to improve leadership, including governance, and the quality of teaching. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Many pupils across the school are engaging with the increased challenges provided by their teachers. Pupils are polite and caring. They are proud of their school and feel safe and well cared for. Effective early years provision enables children to make a positive start and achieve good progress.