Wigmore Primary School

Name Wigmore Primary School
Website http://www.wigmore.luton.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 July 2014
Address Twyford Drive, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9TB
Phone Number 01582616101
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 530 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.4
Local Authority Luton
Percentage Free School Meals 15.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 28.7%
Persisitent Absence 14.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion who speak English as an additional language are both above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average as is the proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school has a specially resourced provision, social communication department (SCD), for 8 pupils with an autistic spectrum condition. These pupils work in classes alongside their classmates and receive specialist support. They access the base in accordance with their individual needs. There were significant changes of staff in September 2013. The headteacher joined at that point and a new leadership team was created on his arrival. Some of the current teachers joined the school around the same time. Staffing is now stable. The school is a member of the local partnership which includes several local primary and secondary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement in reading, writing and mathematics has risen markedly since the previous inspection. Pupils currently in Year 6 have achieved higher standards because most have made rapid progress this year. A high proportion of pupils are now exceeding the levels expected nationally for their age. Teachers have high expectations of their pupils’ work and behaviour. Rigorous checks on teaching and good use of training of support have led to much improved teaching. Lesson activities are effectively planned and engage pupils well. Pupils, good behaviour and positive attitudes to learning contribute well to their good achievement. Pupils, who have special educational needs, including those with emotional and behavioural difficulties, are supported very effectively. Consequently, their behaviour improves and they make faster progress. Inspiring leadership from the headteacher, who is well supported by the deputy headteacher and other leaders, has led to much improved quality of teaching and achievement. Governors track the work of the school closely and are confident in holding leaders to account for the school’s performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not do as well in writing as in reading and mathematics. They are not given enough opportunities to practise and develop their writing skills in subjects beyond English. Teachers do not consistently set sufficiently challenging work for all groups, especially the most able pupils. Marking does not always provide clear guidance to pupils on how to improve. Where next steps for improvement are given, pupils do not always respond well to their teachers’ comments, and teachers do not systematically check that they have done so.