Upottery Primary School

Name Upottery Primary School
Website http://www.upottery-primary.devon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 November 2013
Address Upottery, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9QT
Phone Number 01404861292
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 104 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 7.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Upottery is a much smaller than the average-sized primary school. It has three classes, one for children in the Early Years foundation Stage and Year 1,one for Year 2 and 3 and one for Year 4 and 5. Year 6 pupils are taught separately each morning by the headteacher. The school serves a rural community with a quarter of the pupils being bussed in from outlying villages. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after and children from service families) is much lower than average. Currently there very few pupils from ethnic minority groups or who speak English as an additional language. There are fewer disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action than the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average The school met the government’s 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. Pupils currently in the school make good and sometimes outstanding progress because they are taught well. Some teaching is outstanding. The teachers know the pupils very well giving them confidence and a keenness to do well. A thorough check on each pupil’s progress ensures that teachers know exactly how well they are doing or if they need some additional help. Children settle very quickly into the Early Years Foundation Stage. They are given things to do that interest and excite them. They make a flying start to their life in school. The school promotes a love of reading from the earliest years. All pupils make very good progress in reading. In lessons, pupils’ attitude towards their work is exemplary, demonstrating an eagerness to learn and do well. Pupils behave extremely well and feel safe. They are proud of their school and talk about it enthusiastically, particularly emphasising that everyone is friends with everyone else, and ‘we all take care of each other.’ The very well-respected headteacher provides effective leadership of a small but strong team, which is well supported by the governing body. This team has been effective in ensuring good standards of teaching and achievement have been maintained since the previous inspection. They all share common values and are keen to make the school even better for the sake of the pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, when all the class is being taught together, the work does not match the different abilities and work may be too difficult for some and too easy for others. The school has a good marking system to help pupils improve their work; however, it is not used consistently well across all subjects.