St Anne’s Church Academy

Name St Anne’s Church Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Address Bristol Road, Hewish, Weston Super Mare, BS24 6RT
Phone Number 01934520461
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 389 (47.8% boys 52.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Academy Sponsor The Priory Learning Trust
Local Authority North Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 12.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.6%
Persistent Absence 7.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.5%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

The school met the government’s floor standards in 2017. These set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. This school is larger than the average-sized primary school.

Pupils are organised in 11 classes across the two school sites; Reception to Year 6 at Hewish and Reception to Year 3 at West Wick. All classes are single-age. The nursery provision is situated on the West Wick site.

Most pupils are of White British heritage. A small proportion of pupils are of Traveller/Gypsy/Roma heritage. The headteacher provides support for the leadership of another local primary school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, ably supported by other leaders, provides ambitious leadership. Leaders work tirelessly to create a purposeful learning environment across the two school sites, resulting in teaching that is at least good, with pupils achieving well. Leaders ensure that the school’s vision of ‘learn to love, love to learn’ is at the heart of everything they do.

Their commitment to ensuring that everybody succeeds is a significant factor in improvements in pupils’ outcomes since the previous inspection. Attainment is well above national figures in reading, writing and mathematics in both key stages. The most able pupils are well challenged in their work so that they reach the higher standards.

Pupils, including those who are disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, make good progress as they move through the school. On occasions, some pupils find the work too difficult, especially in key stage 1 writing, which slows their progress. Pupils feel extremely safe in school because : staff look after them very well.

Behaviour in and around school is exemplary. Pupils demonstrate very positive attitudes to their learning and enjoy all aspects of school life. Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptional.

Pupils demonstrate high levels of care and respect for each other’s individuality and background. The early years provides children with an excellent start to school. The rich environment and high-quality teaching stimulate children’s curiosity extremely well to motivate learning.

Parents are unreserved in their praise for the school. They appreciate the way in which the school works closely with them to promote their children’s learning. Governors are very well organised in their work and knowledgeable about the school.

They ensure that resources are deployed to best effect. Checks on teaching are fully in place. However, they lack the necessary rigour to raise pupils’ achievement still further.