Otterham Community Primary School

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Otterham Community Primary School

Name Otterham Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 July 2013
Address Marshgate, Camelford, Cornwall, PL32 9YW
Phone Number 01840261344
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor North Cornwall Learning Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 14.9%
Persisitent Absence 13%
Pupils with SEN Support 8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for extra funding through the pupil premium, who in this school are all pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or supported at school action plus is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a class alongside Year 1 and some Year 2 pupils. Other pupils in Year 2 and pupils in Years 3 to 6 are taught in two mixed-age classes. The school has experienced a falling pupil roll in recent years. There have been considerable changes in the teaching staff since the previous inspection. The school has just been awarded Beacon School status for learning in the natural environment.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ attainment is rising and is above average for many pupils, especially in reading, by the time they leave school. Children in Reception and pupils in Years 1 to 6 make good progress in English and mathematics. Effective support by teaching assistants, both in lessons and in group work elsewhere, ensures that disabled pupils and those with special educational needs share in this good progress. Teaching is predominantly good. Teachers manage the mixed-age classes well, using a range of resources and adult support effectively to ensure good learning. Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school. They greatly appreciate the wide range of activities such as clubs and visits. Pupils feel very safe in school. Pupils enjoy lessons, partly because the school makes imaginative use of specialist teachers to provide expertise in sport, French, drama, music, art and design. There is also a strong emphasis on outdoor learning and exploring the local environment. The headteacher, well supported by governors, checks the quality of teaching and learning rigorously. She has succeeded in getting staff to share her commitment to pursuing excellence. The rate of improvement in the school shows that it has the clear capacity to improve further. The great majority of parents and carers acknowledge the school’s strengths and are very appreciative of the opportunities provided for their children both inside and outside the classroom. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teaching is not yet outstanding, and so does not ensure the best possible progress for all pupils. Occasionally teachers do not give demanding enough tasks to more-able pupils early enough in lessons. Progress in writing, although improving, is not as rapid as it is in reading and mathematics. Teachers’ marking of pupils’ written work is not rigorous enough in identifying strengths and weaknesses and explaining how the work can be improved.