Kingswear Community Primary School


Name Kingswear Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 November 2014
Address Lower Contour Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0BJ
Phone Number 01803752356
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 63 (66% boys 34% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.2
Academy Sponsor Education South West
Percentage Free School Meals 9.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.2%

Information about this school

Kingswear Community Primary School is much smaller than most primary schools. There are currently three classes; until recently there were four. All children in the early years provision are full time. On the small site, the school operates split breaks and lunchtimes. The school has a daily breakfast club. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is below the national average. This is additional government funding for specific disadvantaged groups: those known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after. This represents about one in five pupils in the school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The school meets the government’s floor targets, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has been part of a federation with three other primary schools since 2012. The school is led by two co-executive headteachers. Plans are well-advanced for the school to join a multi-academy trust in early 2015. The other schools within the federation are already part of this trust.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders provide a strong sense of direction for the school. They ensure that both achievement and teaching are improving. Governors hold the school to account well. Pupils behave well both in class and around the school site. They enjoy school life, including their lessons. They are aware of the importance of valuing all people equally, regardless of social, cultural or religious background. The school’s work to keep pupils safe is outstanding. Pupils’ safety and wellbeing are given the highest priority by leaders and governors, including in the early years provision. Teaching is consistently good in a range of subjects. Marking is much improved and makes a strong contribution to learning. Pupils are clear about what they need to do to improve their work. All groups of pupils typically make good progress over time. This includes disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and disadvantagted pupils supported through additional funding. Children in the early years provision achieve well. This means that the great majority are ready to tackle the demands of the national curriculum when they start Key Stage 1. It is not yet an outstanding school because : On a few occasions, there is not the right degree of challenge in lessons to suit the needs of all pupils. Teaching assistants do not always make a strong contribution to accelerating learning when working in classrooms. Not all of the information provided about the school on the website is sufficiently detailed or up-to-date. This means that parents are not as well-informed as they might be.