Whittle Academy

Name Whittle Academy
Website https://www.whittleacademy.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Narberth Way, Coventry, CV2 2LH
Phone Number 02476610167
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 243 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Academy Sponsor Inspire Education Trust
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 17.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 28.9%
Persisitent Absence 11.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 June 2018)
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Information about this school

Whittle Academy joined the Inspire Education Trust in May 2015. The local governing body is accountable for standards and performance, and reports to the board of directors of the trust. An executive principal oversees all schools in the trust. Each school has a headteacher. The expertise of key members of staff is shared across the trust. Whittle Academy is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from White British families. An increasing proportion of pupils are from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is slightly higher than the national average. A higher-than-average proportion of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is higher than the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for the attainment and progress of pupils by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has quickly established an ambitious culture in the school, which all staff and pupils share. Senior leaders and governors relentlessly focus on continuous improvement, while being mindful of staff’s and pupils’ well-being. Leaders at all levels share the headteacher’s drive to provide the best possible education and care for pupils. Leaders new to their posts receive targeted support to develop their skills from Inspire Education Trust staff. Teaching has improved across the school. Where teaching is strongest, pupils make rapid progress to fill gaps in their knowledge and skills. Pupils now need more opportunities to work in depth and apply their learning to new situations. Attainment and progress at the end of key stage 2 in 2017 were below national averages in reading, writing and mathematics. However, the majority of pupils in all year groups, including disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, are now making good progress. Leaders agree that the assessment system needs to be more flexible to allow evidence of progress to be captured more accurately. Children in the early years make rapid progress. Adults provide exciting learning opportunities, which help children to develop independence quickly. Pupils’ conduct is exemplary. Clear expectations help them to understand how to behave and why this is important. Parents and carers value the nurturing ethos of the school. They know their children are safe, happy and keen to learn. Most parents feel part of the school community. A small minority of parents feel that this could be further developed. The environment, indoors and out, is lively and stimulating. All areas are well looked after and used effectively to support pupils’ learning and well-being. The curriculum is creative and engaging. Termly themes begin with exciting ‘wow’ activities. As a result, pupils are keen to learn, and attendance is improving. Additional funding such as the pupil premium and the physical education (PE) and sports funding is used well. More pupils now take part in after-school activities and sporting competitions. Leaders know that pupils would also benefit from more enriching artistic and cultural experiences.