Portesham Church of England Primary School


Name Portesham Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.portesham.dorset.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 October 2012
Address Winters Close, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4HP
Phone Number 01305871283
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 108 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 13%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

This is a much smaller than average-sized primary school set in a rural village. The school is part of the Chesil Education Partnership, a federation of schools in the local area. Each school has its own headteacher and governing body. A majority of pupils attending the school do not live in the village. Pupils are taught in four mixed-age group classes. The school has recently extended provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage to cater for children of nursery age. Nearly all pupils attending the school come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action is well below the national average. However, the proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with statements of special educational needs is well above the national average. These needs include communication and learning difficulties. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has received several recent awards including the Eco School Silver award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This is a school where every child really matters. Pupils make outstanding progress and achieve very well in both their academic and personal development in all year groups. Teaching is outstanding and meets the needs of pupils of all ages and abilities exceptionally well. Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skill levels appropriate for their age, although their language skills are often less well developed. By Year 6 pupils’ attainment is well above average. The school’s topic-based curriculum provides pupils with a wide range of stimulating activities which captures and maintains their interest very effectively. The quality of leadership and management is outstanding at all levels. The headteacher, staff and governors have worked very successfully to ensure the school has improved since the previous inspection. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and their behaviour is outstanding. They are polite and display a high level of respect for others. The overwhelming majority of parents and carers correctly believe that their children are well looked after, happy and very safe in school at all times. All the parents and carers who discussed their views with the inspector are very pleased with the school and believe that their children are making excellent progress.