Short Wood Primary School

Name Short Wood Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 March 2015
Address Limekiln Lane, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 2JA
Phone Number 01952387360
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 556 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Local Authority Telford and Wrekin
Percentage Free School Meals 15.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 40.6%
Persisitent Absence 7.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Short Wood Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school is part of the Wrekin Cooperative Learning Trust with another school and a range of local community organisations. A well-above-average proportion of the pupils, over half of the school, are from minority ethnic backgrounds. A well-above-average proportion speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. An above-average proportion of pupils are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. Children in the early years attend the Nursery class on a part-time basis or one of the three Reception classes on a full-time basis. The school runs a before- and after-school club each day. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has improved since the last inspection. This is because strong senior leadership has had a very positive impact on the quality of teaching. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, and standards are rising. The pupils who left Year 6 in 2014 had made particularly rapid progress in reading and mathematics. The curriculum is well planned and creative, and the school makes very effective use of its excellent outdoor facilities. Outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development ensures pupils are growing up in a culture of tolerance for different backgrounds and respect for each other. The school has a positive and prominent place at the heart of the local community. Teaching is good because the senior leaders and others with specific responsibilities have strong systems for checking on teachers’ work. They provide high-quality guidance and support, and extra training where needed. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They have tremendous pride in their work and the school. The staff effectively ensure pupils’ safety. The governing body has worked well to improve its effectiveness since the last inspection. The governors make excellent use of their skills and knowledge to support and challenge the school’s leaders. Good teaching of children in the Nursery and Reception classes gives them a positive start to their schooling. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always provide lesson activities that challenge pupils sufficiently. The marking of pupils’ written work does not always make clear how they can improve it. Teachers do not always help pupils understand exactly what they are expected to learn when completing a piece of written work.