Tatworth Primary School


Name Tatworth Primary School
Website http://www.tatworth.somerset.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 June 2015
Address School Lane, Tatworth, Chard, Somerset, TA20 2RX
Phone Number 01460220565
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Percentage Free School Meals 6.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school has one class in each year group. All pupils attend on a full-time basis, including children in the early years’ provision. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is much lower than the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is also much lower than the national average. This additional government funding is used to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after. In Year 6 in 2014, there were too few disadvantaged pupils for their attainment to be compared to that of others without the risk of identifying individuals. Most pupils are from a White British background. There are few pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion of pupils who do not speak English as their first language is very low. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2014, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club. The headteacher and the deputy headteacher joined the school in September 2014. Nearly three quarters of the teaching staff joined the school at the same time.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The new headteacher has focused on improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. With the effective support of the deputy headteacher, they have accelerated the progress of pupils during a time of staff turbulence. As a result, children make good progress in the Reception class and are well prepared to move on to Year 1. Pupils’ attainment at the end of Key Stage 1 is improving. The school’s information indicates that pupils currently in Year 2 are on track to attain higher standards in reading, writing and mathematics than in 2014. The proportion of pupils in Year 6 attaining the higher levels in reading, writing or mathematics is on track to be higher than in previous years. Middle leaders monitor effectively how well different groups of pupils do in their own subject areas. The behaviour of the pupils is good. They try hard in lessons and want to do well. Pupils feel safe in school. They are well cared for by all of the adults. Governors have improved their monitoring of the work of the school. They are much more diligent in their scrutiny of the progress different groups of pupils make. They hold the school to account for its work. The spiritual, moral and social development of the pupils is good. The pupils are well prepared for the move on to secondary school and life in modern democratic Britain. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Middle leaders are still developing their skills in checking the quality of teaching in their subject areas. The impact of their work in this area is limited. The quality of marking and guidance teachers provide is not yet consistently good in all subjects. As a result, pupils do not always know how to improve their work.