Tadworth Primary School


Name Tadworth Primary School
Website http://www.tadworthps.surrey.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 April 2014
Address Heathcote, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5RR
Phone Number 01737354541
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 416 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.5
Percentage Free School Meals 3.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.8%

Information about this school

Tadworth Primary is larger in size than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is much lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritages is well below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than average. The proportion of pupils who receive extra help in class (school action) is lower than average. The proportion who need more help than this (school action plus) or who have a statement of special educational needs is also lower than average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a caring school, popular with parents, pupils and staff. Pupils are safe and happy, and this is reflected in their good attendance and their positive attitudes to learning. Pupils achieve well. From starting points that are generally typical of those expected for their age, they make good progress and leave school with attainment that is above average. Pupils make good progress because leaders and managers carefully check how well each individual is doing and put in place extra support to help those struggling to catch up. As a result, no group falls behind. Pupils do well in all subjects, and reading is a particular strength. Teaching is consistently good. Tasks are imaginative and stimulate pupils to think in a variety of ways. Marking enables pupils to make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, because pupils are helped to see how they can improve their work in the future. The school keeps pupils very safe. They feel secure and confident, and know how to keep themselves safe. Pupils behave well, and are polite to visitors and considerate towards one another. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well, including in lessons and in assemblies. Pupils respect others and know right from wrong. The school is well led. School leaders, including middle leaders and governors, know their school well and understand its strengths and areas for improvement. They have successfully addressed the recommendations from the previous inspection, so that attainment in writing and mathematics has risen. Plans for the future are detailed and cover the right priorities. The school is well placed to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ expectations of what pupils can do are not always high enough. Leaders and managers do not always secure enough outstanding teaching to enable pupils always to make the most rapid progress they can. Marking of pupils’ topic and science work does not match the quality of that in their English books.