Whitleigh Community Primary School

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Whitleigh Community Primary School

Name Whitleigh Community Primary School
Website http://www.whitleigh-pri.plymouth.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 November 2012
Address Lancaster Gardens, Whitleigh, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 4AA
Phone Number 01752706383
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 410 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.0
Local Authority Plymouth
Percentage Free School Meals 29.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.1%
Persisitent Absence 11.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school with 15 classes. Nearly all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are disabled and those with special educational needs supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion supported through school action is above average. Nearly one third of pupils are supported by the pupil premium (extra funding for some pupils); this is above average. Since the previous inspection, the school’s governing body has been restructured. It is now a management committee within the federation of schools that is the Woodview Learning Community. Three schools share the same campus. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good and improving. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Progress is strongest in the upper end of Key Stage 2. Leaders and the governing body are relentless in their pursuit of improvement. Development, over the past year, in the way that letters and their sounds (phonics) are taught is helping pupils to accelerate their progress in reading and writing. The promotion of individual reading is highly successful. Pupils read a wide range of books and check their understanding of what they have read using an online assessment. The school is successfully fostering a love of reading. Pupils are proud of their school and keen to do well. They are polite and respectful towards each other and say they feel safe in school and free from bullying. Relationships are very positive and pupils’ individual needs are known well by their teachers and other adults. Teachers manage classes well and learning in lessons is purposeful. Pupils discuss their ideas together regularly to help them to widen their vocabulary and clarify their thinking. Leaders and governors have established high levels of support for teachers, for example through coaching in groups of three to help them to improve their teaching. New initiatives are backed up with good-quality training. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Improvements in the teaching of letters and their sounds to help with reading and writing are not fully embedded and more remains to be done to improve attainment in Key Stage 1. Opportunities for pupils to work by themselves are not always promoted well enough. They do not work enough in small groups without close direction from staff. Pupils’ use of targets in lessons, so that they can identify for themselves how to improve their work, is not effective enough.