Woods Loke Primary School


Name Woods Loke Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 April 2017
Address Butley Drive, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 3EB
Phone Number 01502561234
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 462 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Academy Sponsor Hartismere Family Of Schools
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 17.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The new headteacher took up post on 1 September 2016. The school is much bigger than the average-sized primary school. Children join the early years in Nursery and move on to Reception in the term they turn five. About one third of the children in Reception transfer into Woods Loke from other schools. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and require special educational needs support is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, senior leaders and governors have successfully improved pupils’ achievements since the last inspection. The quality of school self-evaluation is strong. Leaders at all levels know where the strengths of the school lie and where continuing improvements need to be made. Most groups of pupils make good progress in English and mathematics, and across a wide range of other subjects. Progress and outcomes in physical education and science are particularly strong. The curriculum prepares pupils well for life in 21st-century Britain. Pupils are given a wide range of opportunities to learn about democracy, freedom of speech, respect for the law and the role of Parliament. The safety and welfare of pupils are effective in ensuring that pupils feel safe and valued in school. The school has good systems in place to support the needs of vulnerable pupils and their families. The quality of education in the early years is good. Effective leadership ensures that children make good progress from their starting points. Disadvantaged pupils make good progress during their time at school as a result of high-quality teaching and effective additional support. The partnership with parents has been developed well. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school and appreciate the effort the school makes to involve them as partners in their child’s learning. The quality of teaching is good and improving. The teaching of mathematics is particularly effective because of the good subject knowledge of teachers, effective planning and high levels of challenge for most groups of pupils. The most able pupils and those with average starting points do not consistently receive sufficiently demanding work in writing or enough opportunities to develop writing skills across the curriculum. There is some inconsistency in the quality of teaching in writing, including in providing helpful feedback. Improvement plans in this area are not being fully followed by teachers. The quality of presentation in pupils’ books is inconsistent, varying considerably from class to class.