Western Community Primary School

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Western Community Primary School


Name Western Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 22 February 2012
Address Rutland Road, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, NE28 8QL
Phone Number 01912007250
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 481 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority North Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.4%
Persisitent Absence 2%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This school is much larger in size than the average primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage, with only a very small number learning to speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is average, as is the proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs. The school meets the current floor standard. There have been significant staff changes since the last inspection, particularly at senior leadership level. The current headteacher joined the school in June 2010. The school is a Creative Partnerships Change School and is using this work to complement and support school improvement activities. Childcare is provided on the school site by a private company. This provision did not form part of this inspection, but a report of its quality can be found on the Ofsted website. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is an outstanding school. Achievement is good and rapidly improving because of the motivational leadership of the headteacher. Parents and carers value highly the support that staff offer their children. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted exceptionally well through a rich curriculum and carefully planned opportunities for thoughtful reflection. Pupils’ progress has recently improved rapidly and is now outstanding because : expectations of what pupils can achieve are high. Teachers maximise every opportunity across the day to extend and consolidate understanding and this continuous focus on learning is raising standards rapidly so that current attainment is above average by Year 6. Teachers plan interesting, highly imaginative lessons, based on precise assessment, which enthuse and engage learners. In the most effective lessons, they allow time for pupils to consider their responses and challenge them to use precise vocabulary to articulate their thinking. Thoughtful use of texts promotes pupils’ literacy skills extremely well. Sensitive support from staff ensures that children make a good start to their learning in the Nursery and Reception classes. The opportunities for extending their learning are more imaginative and successful indoors than outside. It is in this key stage that strong foundations are laid for children working together and helping others. Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are motivated, enthusiastic learners who work extremely hard. They say they enjoy school and feel very safe because their views are valued and their concerns are taken seriously by staff. Monitoring by leaders is rigorous and incisive. It has led to swift, well-planned action to improve teaching and has ensured that the most effective practice is fully embedded in all classes. Regular tracking of pupils’ progress identifies any variations in performance accurately and leads to precise support for those needing help. Strong partnership working ensures that swift action is taken to support the families of children who may be experiencing difficulties and meticulous monitoring of absenteeism has improved attendance.