Watermoor Church of England Primary School

Name Watermoor Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.watermoorps.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 March 2016
Address Kingshill Lane, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1SY
Phone Number 01285653817
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 183 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 15.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils come from a White British background. The governing body, with support from staff and volunteers, runs a breakfast club. The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of one full-time Reception class and one part-time pre-school class. There are five other classes in the school. Years 5 and 6 are taught in the only mixed-age class. The proportion of pupils entering and leaving the school other than at normal times is much higher than average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding to give extra support to pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after) is much higher than average. The school has grown in size since the last inspection and continues to expand. The school has relocated to a new, larger site since it was inspected last. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is much higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who are supported through an education, health and care plan is also well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics by Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Good leadership and management at all levels have resulted in rapid improvement since the last inspection. Members of the governing body are very knowledgeable about the school, taking part in daily activities and providing good challenge and support to leaders. Pupils achieve well. They get off to a good start in the early years and continue to make good progress in the rest of the school. Pupils’ attainment is broadly average by the end of Year 6 in reading and mathematics, and is improving steadily over time. Attainment in writing in Year 6 is well above average. Pupils who need extra help are given it quickly and to good effect. Teaching assistants also make a significant contribution to pupils’ learning. The behaviour of pupils is good. They work and play very supportively together and say they feel extremely safe. They are very polite and courteous, and work hard. Teachers plan exciting and purposeful activities that motivate pupils well and help them learn new skills. The quality of teaching is typically and consistently good. Work in and out of lessons, as well as numerous educational visits and clubs, provide pupils with many exciting experiences. This helps pupils to learn the importance of tolerance and respect for others. The curriculum also strongly supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The early years provision is a strength of the school. Children enjoy a wide range of experiences from a very young age, which develops their love of learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most-able pupils are not always supported to deepen their knowledge and understanding in order to attain the higher academic levels. Attendance levels are below national averages, particularly for those pupils who are persistently absent.