Chulmleigh Primary School

Name Chulmleigh Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 March 2014
Address Beacon Road, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7AA
Phone Number 01769580535
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 190 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.2
Academy Sponsor Chulmleigh Academy Trust
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Chulmleigh Primary School converted to be an academy school in August 2011. When its predecessor school with the same name was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be outstanding. It is a smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils attending the school are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils eligible for extra funding for their education (looked after children, those from service families or known to be entitled to free school meals) is below average. There is one looked after child and very few service children. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The most common needs relate to moderate learning difficulties. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school established a federation with Chulmleigh Community College in 2008. In August 2011 the federation established the Chulmleigh Academy Trust, consisting of Chulmleigh Community College, Chulmleigh Primary School and two other primary schools. An additional primary school joined the Academy in January 2012. Chulmleigh Primary School acts as the main hub for developments in the four primary schools. The school has a Year 6 centre, within a newly built wing, which includes pupils from three of the primary schools in the trust. Early Years Foundation Stage children in Reception are taught within a Partnership Foundation Stage Unit. The partnership is between Chulmleigh Preschool and Chulmleigh Primary School. The preschool part of the partnership was not part of the inspection as it is run by a parents’ committee. The Academy is led by an executive headteacher, with a deputy executive headteacher overseeing the day-to-day running of the school. One group of academy directors fulfils the governance of all the schools in the trust. Members refer to themselves as directors rather than governors.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. All groups of pupils including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make exceptional progress from their starting points. Progress is particularly rapid in Reception; teaching and leadership in this class are major strengths of the school. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are well above those of most schools nationally. Pupils are effectively taught how to think for themselves. The strong teamwork among staff means teachers and support staff work together in the most effective way to get the best out of pupils. The school promotes a strong sense of community so pupils develop an equally strong sense of belonging. They feel safe, happy and secure and grow rapidly in confidence to become self-assured and independent young people. Pupils are excited, interested and involved in learning because teachers have high expectations of pupils and work hard to plan and teach lessons pupils enjoy. The quality of teaching is consistently at least good and typically outstanding. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes are outstanding in lessons and around the school. They show high levels of care towards each other. The excellent range of subjects effectively promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils are very enthusiastic about the out-of-school activities and they thoroughly enjoy the extended range of teaching facilities they experience at Chulmleigh Community College. Year 6 pupils are joined by Year 6 pupils from two other primary schools. This helps them to learn well, to make outstanding progress and gain confidence for the next stage of their education. The executive headteacher, very ably supported by the deputy executive headteacher provides outstanding leadership. As a result senior and middle leaders work actively with all staff to continuously improve and refine the quality of the pupils’ learning experience. The directors provide a strong strategic steer for the long-term development of this successful school. Most parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the school.