Whitmore Park Primary School

Name Whitmore Park Primary School
Website http://www.whitmorepark.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Halford Lane, Coventry, CV6 2HG
Phone Number 02476335697
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 668 (51.6% boys 48.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 16%
Percentage English is Not First Language 25.4%
Persisitent Absence 13.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (25 February 2015)
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Information about this school

The school formed a federation with Willenhall Primary School, Coventry in July 2014, under the current executive headteacher’s overall leadership, and with a single common governing body. Since the previous inspection the school has appointed a new substantive headteacher who took up post in December 2014, and there have been 22 changes to teaching staff. A new school building replaced the original buildings in 2014 and is now fully occupied and operational. The school is much larger than most primary schools, with well over twice as many pupils. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, at around one in four pupils, is much higher than average. There is a specially resourced provision for pupils with special educational needs called the ESC. It has three classes where many of the pupils with special educational needs are taught. Currently 37 pupils are in the classes. The ESC specialises in supporting moderate learning difficulties, and speech, language and communication needs. Nearly a third of pupils are supported through the pupil premium (pupils for whom the school receives additional funding, including those known to be eligible for free school meals), which is above average. Just over a half of pupils are of White British background. Other pupils are from a wide range of backgrounds, with the largest group being of Indian heritage. About a quarter of the pupils speak English as an additional language. This is above the national average. Some of these are newly-arrived pupils with initially no English language skills. The early years’ provision in Nursery and Reception classes is full-time. The executive head is a national leader in education (NLE). The school meets the current government floor targets.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Outstanding leadership by the executive headteacher has quickly transformed teaching quality from inadequate to good within two years. The recruitment, deployment and performance management of all staff are driven by an unswerving focus from leaders and governors on maximising pupils’ learning and development. The intensive and timely training of staff is driven by accurate assessment of their professional needs and linked to the progress their pupils are making. Specialist subject teaching expertise allows pupils to access high standards across many subject disciplines, through the ‘carousel curriculum’ programme in, art, physical education and music. Early years’ provision is good, with notable strengths in the development of reading and writing. The achievement of younger pupils through early years and Key Stage 1 is high. Achievement in Key Stage 2 is improving rapidly and is now in line with national averages. Performance gaps between different groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils with others, are narrowing quickly and are no different to national values at Key Stage 2 and have disappeared altogether at Key Stage 1. Teaching is consistently good across all classes, including in the Enhanced Support Classes (ESC), with consistently good marking and feedback to pupils in English and mathematics. These lessons are carefully pitched to ensure pupils are challenged and stretched at an appropriate level for their ability. Pupils are positively friendly and welcoming, attend school regularly and rarely misbehave. The school is a lively and safe place to learn, with all pupils irrespective of background having the opportunity to excel in a wide range of subjects and skills. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Historical weaknesses in spelling skills are not fully resolved and so are limiting some pupils’ writing in Key Stage 2. Detailed lesson planning that is closely matched to pupil prior attainment, with thorough subject-specific marking and feedback to pupils is not yet embedded in subjects other than English and There are some small but measurable differences in achievement between boys and girls in different subjects in some year groups. mathematics.