Ilchester Community School

Name Ilchester Community School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 May 2016
Address Somerton Road, Ilchester, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8JL
Phone Number 01935840568
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 276 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.5
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 5.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Ilchester Community Primary School is an average-sized school. Over half the pupils are from armed services families. More pupils than normal join and leave the school throughout the year. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (to give extra support to pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after) is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language are well below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school meets the requirements for publishing information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the previous inspection, the headteacher, the senior leadership team and the governors have ensured that standards have improved. As a result, pupils make good progress in all subjects. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. This is due to good-quality teaching in all departments. The progress of different groups of pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, or who have special educational needs or disability, is good. Subject leaders play a key role in leading developments that have a positive impact on pupils’ progress. The recently appointed early years leader has begun to strengthen the provision for the youngest children. The governing body carefully monitors the work of the school. It provides a good mix of challenge and support to leaders. Typically, pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. They show good attitudes to their learning and produce work of a good standard. School staff have a good understanding of the needs of each pupil. As a result, the provision for pupils’ personal development and welfare is good. There are good systems in place for ensuring that pupils are kept safe. This is a strength of the school. Attendance has remained high since the previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some low-level behaviour difficulties of pupils in key stage 1 are not effectively managed. This restricts pupils’ progress. Teachers do not always follow school policy in letting pupils know how well they are doing, and how to further improve their work. The improvements in early years have happened recently. These need to be maintained and built on to ensure that children make the best possible progress.