Archbishop Wake Church of England Primary School

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Archbishop Wake Church of England Primary School

Name Archbishop Wake Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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.
Inspection Date 12 March 2013
Address Black Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8SW
Phone Number 01258453120
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 420 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.9
Academy Sponsor Diocese Of Salisbury Academy Trust
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 14.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%
Persisitent Absence 4.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Archbishop Wake is an average-sized primary school where most pupils who attend are from the local area. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in two Reception classes. Almost all pupils are from White British backgrounds. A few pupils are from various other ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average, as is the proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, for children from armed service families and for looked after children, is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school manages a breakfast club for the pupils, which was part of this inspection. A Children’s Centre and an Adult Education Centre are based on the school site but are inspected separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils work hard and achieve well because of the good teaching they receive. They enjoy coming to school and attend regularly. The headteacher provides the school with inspirational leadership. Together with her strong team of leaders and governors, they have established a culture where good quality teaching is expected from all teachers. The rapid and substantial improvement in the quality of teaching since the previous inspection has been key to securing and sustaining the improvements in pupils’ achievement, which is now good. Teachers plan lessons with interesting tasks that meet the needs of all pupils, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Pupils refer to their school as somewhere they are proud to be associated with. They are highly respectful towards each other, their teachers and other adults. They have positive attitudes towards their learning. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. All staff share a common belief that they, and the school, can continue to improve. Regular assessments of pupils’ progress are used to set challenging targets and these have supported the sustained improvements seen in pupils’ outcomes. Governors are effective and have supported the headteacher in her quest to improve the quality of teaching. They have successfully challenged teachers who were not performing as well as they should. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers are not providing enough opportunities for pupils to think, learn and work by themselves. Pupils are not always clear about what they have to achieve to be successful by the end of the lesson. Teachers are not providing pupils with regular opportunities to review and improve their work. Teachers are not making best use of the outside space for children in Reception with activities to develop them physically and creatively.