Ivy Lane Primary School

Name Ivy Lane Primary School
Website http://www.ivylane.wilts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 June 2014
Address Ivy Lane, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1HE
Phone Number 01249652556
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 368 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Academy Sponsor Pickwick Academy Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 12%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.7%

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is similar to the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the additional funding known as the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and children who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6 in English and mathematics. Both the headteacher and deputy headteacher started in post in September 2012. All members of the leadership team are new to their role in this school during the last two years. More than half of the teaching staff have joined the school in the past two years.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and governors have high ambitions for the school. All members of the school community are committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, particularly those that may require additional support. The school has established a strong team for this purpose. The school welcomes all pupils and supports any that find it difficult to fit in. As a result, there are very few exclusions from the school. The school has taken robust action to improve attendance and this has been very effective. Teachers skilfully use major events and community resources to plan interesting lessons for the pupils. Pupils make good progress in their learning and achieve well due to the good quality of teaching and support they receive. They understand how well they are learning from the high quality marking by teachers. Senior leaders, managers and governors have good plans for improvement and these are carefully implemented and checked. As a result, the school has a secure capacity to improve in the future. Pupils behave well and are polite and caring. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is consistently good, but does not display many outstanding features. Teachers do not always check pupils’ progress and adjust their plans where necessary. Teaching does not always provide enough opportunities for pupils to develop their spoken language skills.