|Name||Clearwell Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||23 April 2015|
|Address||Church Road, Clearwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8LG|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||27.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is a much smaller than average primary school. Pupils are organised into two classes, one for Reception, Years 1 and 2, and one for Years 3 to 6. In the mornings pupils in Years 5 and 6 are taught separately from Years 3 and 4. Children in the early years attend full time. The governors manage ‘Little Wellies’, a pre-school for children aged three and four. It is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week for a total of 15 hours. This provision was not reviewed during the inspection. A breakfast club operates every morning during term time. The school meets current floor standards set by the government, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is below that found in schools nationally. Pupil premium funding is money provided by the government to provide extra support to pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is broadly similar to the national average. The number of pupils starting or leaving the school at other than the usual times is above average. All pupils come from a White British background. Since the previous inspection there have been many changes to leadership, staffing and governance. Only one of the current teaching staff was employed at the school at the time of the previous inspection. On the retirement of the headteacher at the end of December 2014, the school became part of a collaborative partnership with the Wye Forest Federation. This includes St Briavels and Redbrook Primary Schools. The current headteacher is the executive headteacher of all three schools. A senior teacher has responsibility for running the school on a day-to-day basis. The religious aspect of the school was inspected in October 2014 and reported on separately.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The quality of teaching has improved since the previous inspection and is consistently good. Consequently, pupils’ achievement is much higher. Pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is above average at the end of Year 2 and well above when they leave Year 6. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are good throughout the school. In Years 5 and 6 they are exemplary contributing significantly to their high levels of achievement. Children in the early years make a good start to their education. They have a thirst and love for learning. Mathematics teaching is good in all year groups, but stronger in the older year groups. This allows pupils to use a wide range of strategies to solve complex problems. Writing is taught extremely well across the school. Pupils are confident to write imaginatively and movingly. Some are reading and writing at levels similar to those usually found in Year 7. The curriculum provides pupils with a rich range of experiences. It promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development strongly, and raises their awareness of diversity in modern Britain. Governors play a key role in the long-term strategic development of the school. Their decision to involve the school in a collaboration agreement with other schools is proving highly beneficial in bringing about improvements, and securing its sustainability. The highly skilled executive headteacher has already made important changes which are accelerating pupils’ progress in reading and writing. The school’s arrangements to keep pupils safe and secure are good. Consequently, pupils feel safe and well looked after. The partnership with parents is strong. Parents are very supportive of the changes to the way pupils are taught. They are attending mathematics workshops to understand how they can help their children to learn more effectively at home. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The methods and resources used to teach mathematics in Years 3 and 4 do not inspire pupils to work with enthusiasm. Some pupils do not work accurately because they do not form their numbers correctly or take enough pride in presenting their work neatly. Not all teaching assistants have sufficient skills to support pupils effectively in mathematics. Staff are new to their leadership roles. While they are knowledgeable, especially in mathematics, they have not yet been trained to implement new ways of working and to check their impact on achievement.