|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||05 March 2015|
|Address||Richmond Road, Appledore, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1PF|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||249 (45% boys 55% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||1.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. All pupils in the Reception class attend full time. The school also runs a 26-place Nursery that provides morning and afternoon care for 41 children. Most children attend one session a day. The school has one class in each of the year groups. There are no mixed-age classes The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly in line with the national average. The proportion of the pupils in the school that receives support funded by the pupil premium is below that seen nationally. The pupil premium is funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after. Nearly all pupils are from a White British background. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2014, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The headteacher joined the school in September 2014.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The progress most pupils in school are now making in reading, writing and mathematics is good. In 2014 national tests, the attainment of pupils by the end of Year 6 in reading and writing was above the national average. In mathematics, it was in line. In the same tests, the proportion of the most able pupils in Year 6 who achieved above average standards was greater than the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. The proportion of children who achieved a good level of development by the end of the Reception year in 2014 was much higher than the national average. Children are well prepared for the move into Year 1. The behaviour of pupils in school is good. They try hard in class and are keen to do well. Pupils say they are well cared for and well looked after in school. They say they feel safe. Since joining the school, the headteacher has quickly drawn up plans to improve the quality of teaching to previously high levels. He is raising the expectations of everyone working in the school. Senior and middle leaders provide good support to the headteacher. They are clear about their roles and are having an impact in moving the teaching back to outstanding levels. The social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils is good. The school fosters good relationships and tackles discrimination robustly if it ever occurs. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils across the school do not make as much progress in writing as they do in reading and mathematics. Planned activities are not always challenging enough in some foundation subjects. Teachers do not always use teaching assistants effectively to support the learning of all groups of pupils.