Wansdyke Primary School


Name Wansdyke Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 February 2015
Address School Close, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0DU
Phone Number 01179030218
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.2
Academy Sponsor Wellsway Multi Academy Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 13.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.3%

Information about this school

Wansdyke Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Nearly all pupils are from White British backgrounds. A very small minority of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is lower than the national average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible to receive free school meals and those in local authority care. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below the national average. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a Reception class on a full-time basis. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The governing body manages a before-school club each day, which was evaluated as part of this inspection. A new headteacher has been appointed since the previous inspection and took up post in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The leadership of the school is outstanding. Leaders focus rigorously on making the school the best that it can be. Subject leaders share the determination and drive of senior leaders. They have a clear focus on improving teaching and learning in their subjects and provide effective support for all staff. The quality of teaching is typically good, with some outstanding practice. Teachers inspire and motivate pupils using their strong subject knowledge and well planned activities. Pupils’ achievement is improving. A high proportion of pupils are currently making good progress and achieving well. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a good start. They are well taught in a nurturing environment and make good progress. The curriculum enables all pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern Britain. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. The school provides a safe and harmonious environment in which pupils thrive. Pupils enjoy coming to school. Governance is strong. Governors are supportive of the school and routinely challenge leaders. As a result, the school is rapidly improving. The school works well with parents. The overwhelming majority of parents are extremely supportive of the school and are pleased with the education and care their children receive. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are occasional inconsistencies in the quality of teaching so that not all pupils make the very best progress in their learning. Test results at the end of 2014 in Year 2 and Year 6 showed some uneven achievement and do not reflect the good progress being made by all groups of pupils in the school. Pupils lack frequent opportunities to develop their writing skills in all subjects.