Uffculme Primary School

Name Uffculme Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 March 2015
Address Ashley Road, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3AY
Phone Number 01884840282
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 218 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Academy Sponsor Uffculme Academy Trust
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 9.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.1%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Uffculme is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils or those with special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for disadvantaged pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after) is in line with the national average. Children in the Reception class attend full time. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Uffculme Primary School converted to become an academy and joined Uffculme Academy Trust in July 2013. When its predecessor school, also called Uffculme Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. The current headteacher has been in post since September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders have brought about significant improvement in teaching and pupils’ achievement, following a dip in 2013. Teaching is consistently good and typically caters well for the needs of pupils. Effective teaching and positive learning experiences in the early years provide children with a good start to school. Consequently, the great majority are well prepared for Year 1. Teaching assistants provide good support to pupils which helps to ensure that they achieve well. This is especially the case for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Attainment at the end of Key Stage 1 is above average in all subjects. This is also the case for reading and mathematics in Key Stage 2. Pupils achieve especially well in reading across the academy. The teaching of phonics (letters and sounds they make) is highly effective. Pupils feel safe and have positive attitudes to learning; they behave well in lessons and at play. The academy’s work to keep pupils safe is good. Every effort is made to help pupils to be prepared for life in modern Britain. The academy strongly promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development throughout the curriculum. The governing body effectively supports the academy. Governors monitor all aspects of the academy’s work well. They are both challenging and supportive of the headteacher. Parents and staff are very positive about the academy’s work. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most able pupils in Key Stage 1 are not always sufficiently challenged in mathematics; not as many pupils attain the highest levels that they may be capable of reaching. The progress of a minority of pupils in writing, notably boys, is not as rapid as in other subjects. Attainment is not as high in writing as it is in reading by the end of Year 6. Teachers’ marking does not always give pupils precise enough guidance to improve their work, especially in mathematics, which restricts how well they respond to make even faster progress.