Walcott Primary School

Name Walcott Primary School
Website http://www.carrdykefederation.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 September 2014
Address Pinfold Lane, Walcott, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN4 3SX
Phone Number 01526860400
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 67 (61% boys 39% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.8
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Percentage Free School Meals 20.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

This school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. An average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is above average, while the proportion supported at school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is part of a hard federation with Mrs Mary King’s Church of England Primary School. The two schools share a headteacher and a governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, well supported by the governing body, has brought about improvements in the marking of pupils’ work, in teaching and in pupils’ achievement. Clear ideas for further improvement have been identified and the school is well placed to achieve its goals. Teachers successfully work together in the federation to share ideas, resources and expertise. Staff feel valued and are well supported by good leaders and managers. Pupils achieve well because they are keen to learn and are taught well. Teachers are knowledgeable, make good use of varied resources including information and communication technology and manage their classes very effectively. Pupils behave well, attend school regularly and show kindness and respect to each other, to staff and to visitors. Children enter the Reception class with skills in communication, literacy and numeracy which are often below those typical for their age. They quickly become confident learners, settle into school routines and make good progress. Pupils continue to make good progress as they move through the school and usually reach average standards in tests at the end of Year 6. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education and for life in modern Britain. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Work is not always sufficiently demanding for all pupils to enable them to make really rapid progress. Test results in writing are a little below those in other subjects. The language and reading skills of some pupils, particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage, need further development for them to become even more confident writers. The school website does not meet requirements and is not sufficiently up to date to keep all users fully informed about the school’s work. The school has yet to develop and implement new ways of checking how well pupils are doing following the removal of national curriculum levels.