The Shade Primary School


Name The Shade Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 April 2015
Address The Shade, Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5DE
Phone Number 01353612948
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Staploe Education Trust
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.3%

Information about this school

The Shade Primary School is a newly built academy that opened on 1 September 2013. It is sponsored by The Staploe Education Trust. The academy is a smaller than average-sized primary school. Currently, it provides only for children in the early years and Year 1. The academy is set to grow, year by year, as a new group of pupils join and older ones move up through the year groups. Children in the Reception Year attend full time. Children in the pre-school, which provides for 55 children in the Nursery Year, attend part time. Their attendance ranges from one to five mornings per week. In addition, the academy provides wrap-around care for children before and after school. Most pupils are of White British heritage and very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is below average. This funding is for pupils looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average. The head of primary is joint headteacher of The Shade Primary and of Kennett Primary, which is also sponsored by The Staploe Education Trust. She divides her time equally between the two academies. A new teacher in the pre-school joined the academy just three weeks before the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The head of primary, other leaders, the academy trust and the governing body have a clear vision for the academy. Their strong leadership has ensured that pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching are good. The academy provides well for children in the early years. They achieve well in most areas of learning and reach a good level of development at the end of the Reception Year. The majority of pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics in Year 1. They produce a substantial amount of work and most pupils learn at a good rate. The academy provides very well for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs. They receive a great deal of sensitive support that is matched closely to their learning needs. Pupils behave exceptionally well and develop an enthusiasm for learning. They say that they feel safe in the academy. The academy promotes British values effectively and teaches pupils to be kind and respectful to others. It provides good opportunities for pupils to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Children in the early years do not have as many opportunities as they could to develop their thinking, creativity and investigative skills. Lack of climbing equipment places some restrictions on their physical development. In Year 1, teachers do not always provide as much challenge as they could for the most-able pupils, especially in writing. In Year 1, teachers do not always make sure that pupils use the most suitable practical equipment to support them in mathematics. The academy has not provided parents with as much guidance as it could about how to support their children’s learning in mathematics and writing.