Whitegate Primary and Nursery School

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Whitegate Primary and Nursery School


Name Whitegate Primary and Nursery School
Website http://www.whitegateprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 07 October 2015
Address Middle Fell Way, Clifton Estate, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG11 9JQ
Phone Number 01159152944
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 435
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.7
Academy Sponsor Transform Trust
Local Authority 892
Percentage Free School Meals 31.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9%
Persisitent Absence 7.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are from White British families. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and receive the pupil premium is well above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school provides a daily breakfast club. A number of teachers and governors are new to the school since the previous inspection. Some middle leaders have been in post a relatively short amount of time.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders, including governors, although securing some improvement since the last inspection, have not made sure that achievement and teaching have improved to become good. Middle leaders do not check if everything is working well in their areas of responsibility. They do not have enough influence on driving improvements. The progress of pupils is not consistently good across all subjects. Pupils’ punctuation, grammar and spelling skills are not taught well enough across Key Stage 2. Teaching requires improvement because some groups of pupils are not making the best progress they could in writing and mathematics. Teachers do not always plan work or explain tasks clearly to meet the needs of all pupils. Work lacks challenge for some and is too hard for others. Pupils do not have enough opportunity to write at length or in different styles across a range of subjects. New governors do not have all the skills they need to challenge and support school leaders in their bid to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement. The school has the following strengths A strong community ethos permeates all the school does. The headteacher has a strong vision for the school and has secured the confidence of staff. Morale is high. Staff promote trusting relationships with pupils. Parents are highly supportive of the leaders and staff. The teaching of phonics (the sounds that letters represent) has significantly improved and is good. Pupils across the school enjoy reading. The headteacher has created a welcoming and orderly atmosphere in the school and pupils enjoy coming, as shown in their improving attendance. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and are respectful towards each other. They behave well and are knowledgeable about staying safe. Provision for children in Reception and Nursery is good. Children are taught well and make good progress from their varying starting points because of stimulating activities.