Oldway Primary School


Name Oldway Primary School
Website http://www.oldwayschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 June 2013
Address Higher Polsham Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 2SY
Phone Number 01803557190
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 686 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Academy Sponsor Riviera Education Trust
Local Authority Torbay
Percentage Free School Meals 12.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%

Information about this school

This is a much larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (which is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and children of service families) is below the national average. There are currently no looked after children in the school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs at school action is in line with the national average. The proportion at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The majority of pupils are White British. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils benefit from outstanding teaching and make rapid progress. From starting points that are below the expectations for their age, they learn quickly and by Year 6, standards in English and mathematics are significantly above those in other schools nationally. Pupils learn to become thoughtful, polite young people. They gain the ability to concentrate, to persevere, even when work is difficult, and to collaborate extremely well with each other. These are skills that prepare them well for the next stage of their education. There are many strengths in the way pupils are taught both by teachers and by teaching assistants. There is a broad and stimulating curriculum. Pupils benefit from high-quality teaching in a wide range of subjects. The headteacher is the prime mover in ensuring excellence. Staff, parents, carers and pupils are right in expressing their admiration for his vision and drive. The headteacher is fully supported by the whole staff team and by high-quality governance. Despite the fact that this school has been found outstanding in previous inspections, it has never become complacent. The leadership understands the need to be constantly self-evaluative and to seek ways to make on-going improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement. The school is forward thinking, trying out and adapting new initiatives, often to the benefit of other schools locally and nationally, as well as benefiting the school’s own pupils. The school actively and highly effectively promotes pupils’ personal development, safety and well-being, for example, through very regular checking of site safety by governors and through very well-planned personal, social and health education.