Alderman Swindell Primary School Closed

Name Alderman Swindell Primary School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 08 March 2016
Address Beresford Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4AB
Phone Number 01493842055
Type Primary
Age Range 3-10
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 213 (40% boys 60% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.2
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, for whom school receives additional government funding through the pupil premium, is above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disability, including those with a statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan, is above the national average. In September 2015 the school began its conversion from an Infant school into a Primary school. At the time of this inspection there was one Year 3 class. There have been a significant number of staffing changes over the past 18 months. Four new teachers have been appointed, including a deputy headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement School leaders, including governors, have not been able to ensure that there is sufficient good teaching across the school. As a consequence, there is too much variation in the progress that pupils make in different classes and in different year groups. The most-able pupils are not provided with enough challenging work in mathematics and this prevents them from making the rapid progress of which they are capable. Pupils do not make enough progress in writing. Despite recent improvements, too many pupils are failing to reach standards that are at or above the national average by the end of Key Stage 1. Teaching assistants do not receive enough guidance from teachers and school leaders about how to support pupils’ learning. As a result, they spend too much time supervising rather than helping pupils to develop new skills and concepts. The Early Years Foundation Stage requires improvement. The activities and experiences that are provided during periods of child-initiated play do not help to accelerate children’s learning. The quality of the curriculum other than for English and mathematics is not good enough. The work seen in subjects such as science, geography and art was of poor quality. The school has the following strengths The school is a safe and nurturing place where pupils are well looked after. Staff know pupils extremely well and take good care of them. Vulnerable pupils are well supported. The importance of good attendance is regularly reinforced. Pupils who are supported by pupil premium funding do well and attain similar standards to pupils nationally. The teaching of reading is effective. Most pupils make good progress in developing early reading skills. Very good systems are in place to support those pupils who struggle. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils are proud of their school and behave extremely well towards each other and the adults who teach them.