Tavistock Primary & Nursery School

Name Tavistock Primary & Nursery School
Website http://www.tavistock-pri.devon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 18 July 2017
Address Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8BX
Phone Number 01822616044
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 401 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Percentage Free School Meals 13.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.2%

Information about this school

The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about pupil premium on its website. This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The early years consists of one Nursery class and two Reception classes. The school has an area resource base for pupils who have complex special educational needs, including autism spectrum disorder. The resource base currently has six pupils attending it. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils for whom English is an additional language is below average and the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is small. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. The school does not meet the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement There has been a decline in outcomes since the previous inspection due to pupils not making good enough progress in writing by the end of key stage 2. Pupils do not make good progress in writing in key stage 2 because teachers do not have high expectations of what they can achieve. The quality of teaching and learning across key stage 2 is too uneven, other than in mathematics. Disadvantaged pupils, including the most able pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, are not being effectively supported or challenged. Senior leaders do not check the quality of teaching with sufficient rigour. As a result, they do not deal with weaknesses in teaching quickly enough. Governors have not intervened swiftly to stem the decline in standards or to ensure that additional funding is used effectively..Middle leaders do not have sufficient skills or knowledge to hold others to account for improving teaching and learning. Provision for pupils in the enhanced resource base does not consistently meet their needs. The school has the following strengths Children in the Nursery and Reception classes are supported skilfully by teachers and teaching assistants. They leave the Reception class well prepared for Year 1. Pupils’ behaviour and conduct are good. Pupils enjoy their learning and are very proud of their school. The quality of teaching and learning in key stage 1 is good. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. They have a good understanding of faiths and cultures that are different to their own.