Exwick Heights Primary School


Name Exwick Heights Primary School
Website http://www.exwickheights.devon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 22 November 2011
Address Exwick Lane, Exwick, Exeter, Devon, EX4 2FB
Phone Number 01392209030
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 620 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor The Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 12%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.4%

Information about the school

Exwick Heights Primary School is larger than the average primary school. The school moved into new premises in January 2008, following two and a half years on a split site, and a new deputy headteacher was appointed in September 2008. There are a Nursery and two Reception classes, four classes in Key Stage 1 and six classes in Key Stage 2, four of which are of mixed ages. The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is lower than the national average. The proportion of children from minority ethnic backgrounds is low, as is the percentage who speak English as an additional language. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs is above average and the number of pupils supported by a statement of special educational needs and/or disabilities is average. The school holds a number of nationally recognised awards including Activemark and Healthy Schools.

Main findings

This is an outstanding school. It is a highly inclusive and extremely caring learning community in which all groups of pupils are able to thrive. Led by a very well- respected headteacher, leaders and managers at all levels, including the governing body, have driven standards higher. All leaders know the school very well and there is a relentless focus on excellence. Self-evaluation is thorough and accurate, and this has allowed the school to improve markedly in a wide range of areas since the previous inspection. An example of this is in the transformation of the Early Years Foundation Stage into the cohesive and outstanding unit it now is. This provides a launch pad for academic improvement. Attainment is above average and often high, reflecting outstanding achievement. Thus, the capacity for further improvement is outstanding. Teaching, curriculum and care, guidance and support have all been developed to excellent levels and this has been crucial to the school improving pupils’ attainment. In the best lessons, learning is extremely rapid. When the pace occasionally drops, it is due to teachers leading their pupils’ learning too much. In these lessons, pupils do not benefit sufficiently from opportunities for independence and access to varied sources of information to contribute to their own learning. Overall, this excellent provision has led to outstanding outcomes for students. At all levels, staff present excellent role models, being very willing to learn themselves through well-organised professional development. This is then reflected in excellent pupil attitudes to learning. Behaviour, both in class and around school, is outstanding. Even very young pupils exhibit friendliness and helpfulness towards each other, as a result of the care they receive from adults and the example they set. As a consequence, pupils enjoy school very much and attend extremely well. Indeed, two parents and carers said that their young children did not like the weekends as much as weekdays because there is no school! Pupils lead very healthy lifestyles and say that they feel extremely safe. They are willing to take on many different roles in school and this extends to their excellent contribution to the school and local community.