Curledge Street Academy


Name Curledge Street Academy
Website http://curledgestreetacademy.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 May 2014
Address Curledge Street, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5BA
Phone Number 01803557726
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 494 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.2
Academy Sponsor Bay Education Trust
Local Authority Torbay
Percentage Free School Meals 24.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.3%

Information about this school

Curledge Street Academy (Curledge) is larger than the average-sized primary school and is located in the centre of Paignton. Each year group has two classes. The majority of pupils come from a White British background. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is significantly above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school has an on-site nurture unit, The Nest, which caters for pupils who display challenging behaviour. The school operates a daily breakfast club which is managed by the governing body and was included in this inspection. Curledge Street converted to become an academy school in September 2012. When its predecessor, Curledge Street Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to be satisfactory.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher is leading the school and driving improvement strongly. Actions taken by the school’s leadership have resulted in improved progress and attainment. Teachers make lessons interesting and the activities planned motivate pupils to want to learn and give of their best. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes make good progress, which is maintained as they move through all year groups. Effective systems are in place to check on pupils’ progress. The teachers know all the pupils well and understand their individual needs and levels of ability. Attendance has improved and is now above national levels. This reflects the pupils’ positive attitudes to school. The governors know the school well and hold managers to account and support them effectively. The teaching of phonics (the sounds that letters make) has significantly improved. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They feel safe, secure and happy. Pupils are keen to take part in the many sporting activities, clubs and events on offer. The school has good relationships with parents and the local community. It is not yet outstanding because : While good, teaching is not yet outstanding and this means that pupils do not always make fast enough progress. Progress and achievement in writing, especially by boys, are not as good as in reading and mathematics. Pupils do not always take enough pride in the presentation of their work.