Western Primary School

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About Western Primary School

Name Western Primary School
Website https://www.westernps.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Tim Broad
Address Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA
Phone Number 01423502737
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 499
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher's resolve to ensure that pupils become 'lifelong learners forever' shines through all aspects of school life. She has harvested a culture of success which permeates all areas of the school's work.

Leaders' relentless focus on raising standards is balanced by their absolute commitment to the welfare of, and respect for, all. This enables pupils to thrive, and teachers to excel, in this exceptionally happy school. Pupils' success is measured not just in grades but also by how they grow in moral stature.

Skilled teachers and support staff are highly trained and demonstrate strong subject knowledge. They know their pup...ils' individual needs well and ensure that lessons are well planned to meet those needs. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school.

Many describe the school as 'happy' and 'safe'. They are proud of the outstanding achievements of their children. The inclusion team and the special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) provide high-quality support to the most vulnerable pupils.

They also work effectively with parents and other organisations to meet the diverse needs of pupils. The school's care for its pupils' welfare is outstanding. Leaders carefully build leadership capacity at all levels.

Those new to leadership are nurtured and given valuable personalised training and support. Leaders' work inspires and supports other schools in the Red Kite Learning Trust. Children get off to a flying start in the early years.

Children are inquisitive and tenacious learners. Consequently, they are well prepared for their move to key stage 1. Phonics is exceptionally well taught and outcomes are consistently high.

Pupils quickly develop a love of books and make exceptional progress in reading by the end of Year 6. Teaching assistants ensure that all pupils, including those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, get the right help at the right time to make rapid progress. Pupils are thoughtful, respectful, highly motivated and successful learners.

The wealth of opportunities for them to take on responsibilities and enjoy the numerous trips, visits and clubs results in individuals who are mature and confident beyond their years. On occasion, pupils spend too long on similar tasks because teachers sometimes do not ensure that pupils take up more challenging work as soon as they are ready.

Information about this school

Western Primary School became an academy in August 2015.

The school is a founder member of The Red Kite Learning Trust, which is a multi-academy trust comprised of six schools. The Red Kite Learning Trust is a company limited by guarantee and a charitable trust. Responsibility for the academies that make up the trust is entrusted to the board of trustees.

There is a separate committee for each academy, which is known as a local governing committee. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. This school is larger than the average-sized primary school.

The large majority of pupils are of White British or Any other White background. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average.

The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below that seen nationally. A small number of these pupils have an education, health and care plan. The school provides full-time places for children in the Reception classes and part-time places for children in the Nursery.

The school established nursery provision for two-year-olds in January 2017. Classes are organised as single-year groups in key stage 1 and mixed-age groups in key stage 2. The school provides out-of-school care in early years in the form of breakfast and after-school clubs.

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