Zouch Academy

Name Zouch Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Wavell Road, Tidworth, SP9 7JF
Phone Number 01980842293
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 427 (46.1% boys 53.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.5
Academy Sponsor The White Horse Federation
Local Authority Wiltshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20.7%
Persisitent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (16 March 2017)
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Information about this school

Zouch Academy is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school is a member of The White Horse Federation (TWHF) and opened as an academy in April 2014. The Federation has given significant support to the school, including the allocation of an executive principal. TWHF governs the school overall and holds the statutory responsibilities. Local governance is undertaken by the local board of governors. There have been a number of staff changes since the school became an academy, including to the leadership of the school. The majority of pupils are White British and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is broadly in line with the national average. The number of disadvantaged pupils supported through pupil premium funding is below the national average. However, over 70% of the school’s population are eligible for the service children premium. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average. The school meets the current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders demonstrate determination and a resolve to ensure that all pupils benefit from a high-quality education. Their actions are successful in securing improvement. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently good across the school. This enables pupils to make good progress and catch up previously lost ground in their learning. Pupils’ outcomes are good. The large majority of pupils make good progress from typically low starting points to reach standards expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Disadvantaged pupils, service children and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make progress which is broadly in line with that made by other pupils nationally from similar starting points. Children in the early years make good progress because of well-planned teaching delivered in a rich and well-resourced learning environment. However, this is less evident for children who attend the pre-school. The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. Pupils feel valued, safe and secure. The curriculum successfully engages and motivates pupils to learn in a range of subjects. This is supporting them to make good progress, particularly in writing and mathematics. Leaders, including governors, know their school well and have a deep understanding of the community they serve. This enables them to tailor the support and guidance that they offer so that it precisely meets the needs of their pupils and their families. The White Horse Federation robustly holds leaders to account. It provides high-quality training and opportunities for staff to compare their work and that of their pupils across a range of other schools. At times, leaders, including subject leaders, do not check precisely enough the difference that planned actions are making to raise standards further. This limits the ability of some pupils to attain the highest standards.