Willow Tree Primary School


Name Willow Tree Primary School
Website http://www.willowtree.knowsley.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address Bedford Close, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 1XH
Phone Number 01514778190
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 142 (52.8% boys 47.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.6
Academy Sponsor Ss Simon And Jude Church Of England Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Knowsley
Percentage Free School Meals 50%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 January 2017)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about this school

The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the curriculum, complaints procedure, the use of the pupil premium grant, accessibility plan, information about governors or the charging and remissions policy on its website. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. The proportion of pupils from an ethnic minority background is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment by the end of Year 6. Children attend the Nursery class on a part-time basis and the Reception class on a full-time basis. A small number of pupils attend off-site provision run by the local authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Since the last inspection, governance has not improved as quickly as other aspects of leadership in the school. Governors do not ask enough searching questions about how additional funding is used, for example, to help the most able disadvantaged pupils to excel. There has been a decline in the proportion of children achieving a good level of development at the end of the early years. This was due to children not making good enough progress, particularly in reading and writing. Governors’ systems for checking that they are meeting their statutory duties lack rigour. The quality of some teaching and learning in some classes is not as good as it is in others. This stops pupils from making stronger gains in their learning. The most able pupils are not challenged well enough in lessons. Too few reach the highest standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of each key stage. Leaders are not using pupils’ performance information to accurately track the progress of different groups of pupils. As such, the most able pupils do not progress well enough to achieve the highest standards in writing and mathematics. The school’s work to promote pupils’ spiritual development is not as strong as the work to develop pupils’ moral, social and cultural development. The school has the following strengths Due to the strong leadership of the headteacher, the school has improved most aspects identified as weaknesses at the previous inspection. She has effectively tackled the weakest teaching within the school. The proportions of pupils achieving the expected standard at the end of key stages 1 and 2 are similar to those nationally in reading, in writing and in mathematics. Attainment in Year 1 phonics has improved over the last three years to become close to national figures. The effectiveness of middle leadership has improved since the last inspection. Pupils’ behaviour is good and their attendance has improved to broadly average. Very positive relationships between pupils and staff mean that school is harmonious and pupils feel safe. Improvements to their presentation show that pupils take greater pride in their work. The progress of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is good.