Wharton CofE Primary School

Name Wharton CofE Primary School
Website http://www.wharton.cheshire.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Address Greville Drive, Winsford, CW7 3EP
Phone Number 01606288110
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 349 (53.6% boys 46.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Percentage Free School Meals 24.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.7%
Persistent Absence 8.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 24.9%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. There are very few pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Almost all of the pupils who attend this school are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils who receive support through the pupil premium funding is broadly average.

The pupil premium is additional funding provided by the government for pupils who are known to be eligible for free schools meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s floor standards. These are the minimum standards and rate of progress expected in reading, writing and mathematics of pupils in key stage 2.

Almost all of the staff currently employed at the school took up post since the inspection in 2012. Since the previous inspection in 2014, there have been further changes. Three teachers have left and a number of staff have been on extended leave.

Their classes have been taught by temporary teachers. The changes to staffing have settled down recently. The school meets the requirements for publishing information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Strong, steely and resilient leadership from the headteacher has turned the fortunes of Wharton Primary around. Swift, fundamental change means almost every aspect of the school is better than at the previous inspection. Other senior leaders, including members of the governing body, are standing shoulder to shoulder with the headteacher.

They are equally relentless in rooting out weak practice and driving improvements to teaching. Subject leaders are highly effective. Their positive influence has equipped teachers with the skills, subject knowledge and confidence to teach well across a range of different subjects.

The lively, well-planned curriculum is the backbone to recent improvements. It is underpinning the strong teaching pupils across the school benefit from each day. Pupils achieve well in subjects beyond English and mathematics.

They gain the skills and knowledge to succeed in different areas of learning. The pastoral care for pupils is second to none. Whatever their need, individual pupils benefit from nurturing relationships and effective support to help them thrive.

Consequently, achievement gaps between groups are closing quickly. Children are thriving in the early years. They are well prepared to meet the demands of Year 1.

Pupils enter school happily, and end the day with a smile on their face, because they feel safe, enjoy their learning and know their views are valued. Pupils are fiercely loyal and immensely proud of their school. Their appreciation of recent changes shines through their positive attitudes to learning and their good behaviour.

It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ outcomes, although improving strongly, are not yet good. Older pupils are living with gaps in their learning from weak teaching in the past. Some pupils make slower progress because : teachers do not take enough notice of gaps in previous learning.

Too many pupils are missing large chunks of time from school. Even though disadvantaged pupils are making faster progress, the standards they reach as not as high as other pupils. The teaching of some mathematical ideas lack sufficient depth.