Otterhampton Primary School

Name Otterhampton Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 09 December 2015
Address School Lane, Combwich, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2QS
Phone Number 01278652487
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 67
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.1
Academy Sponsor Bridgwater &Amp; Taunton College Trust
Local Authority 933
Percentage Free School Meals 11.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.5%
Persisitent Absence 16.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Otterhampton Primary School is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British. Children aged two and three attend part-time in a Nursery class. Children of Reception age attend full-time in a class with Year 1 pupils. Compared to the national average the proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is very low. The pupil premium is the funding the school receives for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The typically small pupil cohorts vary in their make-up from year to year. Most have a higher proportion of boys compared to girls, but in 2015 this was reversed and the cohort was largely made up of girls. The school is part of the Quantock Group of schools that work in partnership together. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average. During term time the school provides before- and after-school care for pupils who attend the school through the provision of a breakfast club, and after-school clubs. Since the last inspection a number of new teachers have joined the school and the headteacher took up his post in September 2015. Half of the governors have joined the governing body during the last year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Teaching has not been good over time. Expectations of what pupils can achieve have not been high enough. Standards at the end of Year 6 are not as high as they should be in writing and mathematics. Pupils do not make good progress in writing because their knowledge and use of English grammar and punctuation is not good enough. They have too few opportunities to practise their writing skills. Teachers do not make best use of the information they have to move pupils’ learning on swiftly in lessons. Pupils do not make good progress in mathematics because they have too few opportunities to practise their mathematical skills. Systems for checking pupils’ progress and attainment are not yet embedded in whole-school practice. The difference they are making to the quality of teaching and learning is not clear. Subject leaders do not have the skills necessary to drive whole-school improvement in their subject. The governing body, while highly committed and supportive of the school, is not sufficiently skilled or informed to be able to hold leaders to account for the school’s work. The school has the following strengths The recently appointed headteacher has made a very positive start. He has established an aspirational vision for improving the school that is shared by staff, pupils and parents. Children in the early years make good progress from their starting points because teaching is good. Pupils’ attendance is above average. They feel safe at school and behave well. There is good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils with special educational needs make good progress and achieve well. The teaching of phonics (letters and the sounds that they make) is good, so an above-average proportion of Year 1 pupils achieve the expected standard. Pupils make good progress in reading to reach above-average standards. Governors are very supportive of the school and are aspirational for its future. They are working closely with the headteacher to bring about speedy improvement.