Goodleigh Church of England Primary School


Name Goodleigh Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.goodleigh-primary.devon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 May 2012
Address Goodleigh, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 7LU
Phone Number 01271342977
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 98 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 10.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%

Information about the school

This is a smaller than average school which serves the children of families of residents of Goodleigh, although the majority of pupils come from the surrounding areas. Almost all pupils are White British and few pupils are known to have a first language other than English. There are three classes in the school: a Key Stage 2 class; Key Stage 1 class; and there is Early Years Foundation Stage provision in the school’s Reception Year class. The percentage of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action plus or with statements of special educational needs is well above the national average. These needs include behaviour difficulties and moderate learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has gained several recent accreditations including the Artsmark Silver award and the Healthy Schools Plus award.

Key findings

This is a good school with outstanding provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage. It prepares pupils well for the next stage of their education. The school is not yet outstanding because the quality of teaching varies in different classes. It is outstanding in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 2, but satisfactory in Key Stage 1. Children usually enter the school with skill levels below average for their age, especially regarding aspects of their language development. However, this can vary considerably from year to year because of the small number of children entering the school for the first time each September. Achievement is good. Children make outstanding progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage and satisfactory progress in Key Stage 1. Even so, by the end of Year 2 attainment in reading is above average. Pupils then make accelerated progress in Key Stage 2 so that by Year 6 attainment in reading and mathematics is well above average. However, pupils’ attainment in writing, although slightly above average in Year 6, is not as good as their attainment in mathematics and reading throughout the school. Pupils’ attitudes to learning, behaviour and their respect for others are outstanding and reflect the school’s excellent provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. Parents and carers hold very positive views about the school and agree with pupils when they say that they feel very safe and enjoy school. Leadership and management are good including the leadership of teaching and the management of the school’s performance. The headteacher provides the school with the drive and determination to ensure that all pupils are given equal opportunities to succeed. She works closely with her staff and effective governing body to ensure that the school regularly analyses its performance in order to improve its effectiveness.