Germoe Community Primary School


Name Germoe Community Primary School
Website http://www.germoe.cornwall.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 February 2014
Address Germoe Lane, Germoe, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 9QY
Phone Number 01736763310
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 57 (43% boys 57% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.3
Percentage Free School Meals 16.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%

Information about this school

This school is much smaller than the average sized primary school. At present, cohort sizes range from three pupils to nine pupils. Pupils are taught in three mixed-age classes: one for Reception and Year 1, one for Years 2, 3 and 4, and one for Years 5 and 6. The percentage of pupils supported by the pupil premium (funding provided by the government for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in the care of the local authority, or those with a parent or carer in the armed forces) is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is similar to the national average, while the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school at other than the normal times is well above average. All the class teachers are new to the school, three having joined in September 2013, and one in January 2014. The headteacher is the executive headteacher of this school and another school in the locality. The school is a member of the Helston and Lizard Peninsula Co-operative Education Trust of over 20 local schools. A privately run pre-school operates on the site, but is not managed by the governing body and so was not part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All groups of pupils achieve well from their individual starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. They do well because teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding, with lively and interesting topics which capture the pupils’ interest. The headteacher and governors accurately evaluate the school’s effectiveness and use their findings to ensure further improvements occur. They have improved the quality of teaching through providing training on new ways to improve pupils’ writing skills which have resulted in higher achievement across the school. The school’s work to ensure the safety of pupils is outstanding; all safeguarding policies are in place, reviewed regularly, and consistently implemented by staff. Pupils’ behaviour is good, and this ensures their attention in lessons and their good achievement. The school makes good provision for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, links with the local community and the use of the grounds for forest school activities It is not yet an outstanding school because: Achievement in mathematics is not as high across the school as it is in writing and reading because pupils do not all have a secure understanding of calculation skills. There is not yet enough outstanding teaching to ensure all pupils achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.