Discovery Primary Academy

Name Discovery Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 March 2014
Address Mountsteven Avenue, Walton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE4 6HX
Phone Number 01733325001
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 587 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 9.6
Academy Sponsor Four Cs Mat
Local Authority Peterborough
Percentage Free School Meals 20.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 38.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Discovery Primary School is much larger than the average-sized primary school. A very high proportion of the pupils join or leave the school at times other than are usual. Many of them are at the school only for a short time. The school has an above-average proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds, especially from Eastern Europe. Many are at an early stage of speaking English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. An above-average proportion of the pupils are supported by the pupil premium grant. In this school, this provides additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school runs a daily breakfast club for pupils. There is a privately-run pre-school on the school site. This is inspected and reported on separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from starting points which are often well below those typically found. Attainment has risen since the last inspection. The school has successfully narrowed the gap in achievement between pupils entitled to additional government funding and their classmates. Pupils at an early stage of learning English, and those who are more able, are making above average progress. The good curriculum has very effective enrichment opportunities that support pupils’ learning in a range of subjects. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are good. They behave well in and out of lessons. The school ensures they are safe and well cared for. The school successfully manages the high numbers of pupils who leave or join at other than the usual time through effective mentoring and induction systems. The headteacher has provided strong leadership since the last inspection, particularly in improving teaching. The school has sought support and advice from experts when needed. There is a strong culture of continually improving the skills of staff and the governing body. The school has very successfully worked to develop staff’s leadership skills. All leaders, governors and staff in the school share a clear commitment to raising standards and improving teaching and learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ spelling is not good enough and they do not have enough opportunities to write longer pieces of work. Pupils are not given enough time to build effective mental mathematics skills. Too many pupils miss school regularly. Teachers do not always make it clear to pupils what they are expecting them to learn. The recording of pupils’ targets does not always make clear when these have been achieved. Teachers are at an early stage in developing their understanding of the different types of questions they can ask to extend pupils’ learning.