Padstow School


Name Padstow School
Website http://www.padstowschool.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 26 September 2017
Address Grenville Road, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8EX
Phone Number 01841532510
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 164 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Academy Sponsor Aspire Academy Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 15.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%

information about the performance of the

school. They have not acted quickly and effectively enough to improve the school. Their recent actions to strengthen leadership and teaching have not improved pupils’ learning and progress sufficiently. Teaching, learning and assessment are inadequate. Assessments of pupils’ progress are not accurate. Teachers do not meet pupils’ academic needs, especially those of the most able, disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Pupils make inadequate progress, especially in mathematics. Pupils’ achievement in national assessments in mathematics at the end of Year 6 has been significantly below that found nationally over the past two years. Pupils do not make enough progress in learning to read and write. Pupils are improving their ability to write meaningfully and with expression, but their spelling, punctuation and handwriting skills are not sufficiently developed. Pupils’ behaviour requires improvement. Some pupils lack resilience and do not concentrate long enough to learn well. Children make better progress in early years, but staff do not use assessments well enough to help children achieve their full potential. The school has the following strengths The new head of school knows what needs to be done to bring about improvement. She is beginning to strengthen the focus on raising standards. Leaders and staff sustain a strong culture of safeguarding. Consequently, pupils are kept safe and feel secure at school. Staff establish good relationships with parents. Parents and pupils appreciate the wide range of clubs, especially for sports. Full report In accordance with section 44(1) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Leaders’ evaluation of the school is not accurate. They have not identified or rectified weaknesses in the school’s performance since the previous inspection. Those responsible for governance at trust, hub and local levels have lacked accurate information about the performance of the school. They have not acted quickly and effectively enough to improve the school. Their recent actions to strengthen leadership and teaching have not improved pupils’ learning and progress sufficiently. Teaching, learning and assessment are inadequate. Assessments of pupils’ progress are not accurate. Teachers do not meet pupils’ academic needs, especially those of the most able, disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Pupils make inadequate progress, especially in mathematics. Pupils’ achievement in national assessments in mathematics at the end of Year 6 has been significantly below that found nationally over the past two years. Pupils do not make enough progress in learning to read and write. Pupils are improving their ability to write meaningfully and with expression, but their spelling, punctuation and handwriting skills are not sufficiently developed. Pupils’ behaviour requires improvement. Some pupils lack resilience and do not concentrate long enough to learn well. Children make better progress in early years, but staff do not use assessments well enough to help children achieve their full potential. The school has the following strengths The new head of school knows what needs to be done to bring about improvement. She is beginning to strengthen the focus on raising standards. Leaders and staff sustain a strong culture of safeguarding. Consequently, pupils are kept safe and feel secure at school. Staff establish good relationships with parents. Parents and pupils appreciate the wide range of clubs, especially for sports.