Watton Westfield Infant and Nursery School


Name Watton Westfield Infant and Nursery School
Website http://corvuseducation.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 04 May 2016
Address West Road, Watton, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 6AU
Phone Number 01953882669
Type Academy
Age Range 2-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 253 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Academy Sponsor Corvus Education Trust
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 15.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Since the previous inspection, most of the governors are new and there is a new chair of the governing body. There are 80 additional pupils on roll since the previous inspection. The school has moved to new, purpose-built accommodation this term. Approximately one third of pupils speak English as an additional language and some are at the early stages of learning English. These pupils are mostly from Poland. The proportion of pupils known to be entitled to free school meals is appropriately half of the national average. The proportion of pupils identified for special educational needs support, with a statement for special educational needs or with an education, health and care plan is in line with the national average. There is an acting deputy headteacher covering the planned absence of the substantive post holder. The school shares the site with Watton Children’s Centre. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the school’s use of pupil premium funding, the use of physical education and sports premium for primary schools, the special educational needs report and parents’ requests for paper copies of information.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school The arrangements to safeguard children are not effective because: – checks have not been carried out to determine whether teachers are prohibited from teaching – the governing body has not made sure that the arrangements to safeguard children meet the government’s statutory guidance. Many staff do not have confidence in the senior leadership of the school: – they feel that it is not safe to speak out – they say that concerns are not acted on and worry that issues that affect pupils may get missed. Middle leaders do not monitor pupils’ progress sufficiently. They do not know how well pupils are achieving this year. The early years provision is not well organised or monitored. There is not enough information to show whether the pupil premium funding and the sports funding are well spent. Teaching enables most pupils to make expected progress but does not challenge pupils of different abilities or needs to make good progress from their starting points. The school has the following strengths The school’s involvement with families and the collaboration with support agencies work well to protect pupils. The help for pupils who speak English as an additional language, especially as soon as they arrive in school, helps them to take part in lessons quickly. Pupils have made good progress in writing this year because the acting deputy headteacher, who is also the literacy coordinator, took decisive action and monitors how well pupils are achieving. Pupils’ behaviour is good, particularly their relationships with one another.