Ellacombe Church of England Academy


Name Ellacombe Church of England Academy
Website http://www.ellacombe.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 February 2014
Address Ellacombe Church Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1TG
Phone Number 01803293040
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 372 (53% boys 47% girls)
Academy Sponsor Learning Academy Partnership (South West)
Percentage Free School Meals 31.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.9%

Information about this school

Ellacombe Academy is an average-sized primary school. Most pupils come from the immediate area. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is lower than the national figures, as is the proportion of pupils who speak a first language other than English. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children looked after by the local authority and those from service families, is well above than the national average. Currently there are no children from service families attending the academy. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is close to the national average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is a little above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations of pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the last inspection, the school has joined the Learning Academy Partnership (South West) with Ilsham Church of England Academy and the Little Stars Children’s Centre. The academy has seen a large number of staff changes in the 5½ terms it has been open, including the appointment of a new headteacher, who is the executive headteacher across the partnership and the head of academy. The executive headteacher is a national leader of education.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The achievement of the pupils currently in school is good and has improved rapidly in the short time since the academy was established. Teaching overall is good and teaching in the Reception class is excellent. Pupils throughout the school make at least good progress from their starting points. The pupils are very well prepared for moving from the Early Years Foundation Stage into Year 1. Pupils’ attainment by the end of Year 2 is significantly above national averages overall and in writing in particular. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding and the pupils have an excellent attitude to learning. Pupils feel safe in school and enjoy coming to learn. Attendance continues to improve. The leadership of the executive headteacher and the senior team has quickly brought about improvements to the quality of teaching and to the progress pupils make. Middle leaders have received very good training and guidance and now play an active role in school. They support the work of the senior team well in the academy’s efforts to raise standards in teaching and in pupils’ performace. The board of directors, the governing body, checks thoroughly how well the school is doing to make sure the academy is improving the life chances of the pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Attainment in reading at the end of Year 6 does not match that seen in writing or mathematics which is in line with national averages. The progress made by those pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is not yet as rapid as that made by other pupils in the school in all year groups. The plans for using the primary sports funding do not allow for clear ways to check if the funding is making a difference.