Watermore Primary School

Name Watermore Primary School
Website http://www.watermoreprimary.org.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Lower Stone Close, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2LE
Phone Number 01454867135
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 412 (52.2% boys 47.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Local Authority South Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.6%
Persistent Absence 3%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.0%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about the school

This is an average sized primary school in a village location, resulting from the amalgamation of an infant and junior school in January 2010. The school occupies a split site, with Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 a few minutes walk apart. A new headteacher was appointed at that time.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. Almost all pupils are from a White British heritage. There are very few pupils who speak English as an additional language.

The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, including those on school action plus, is broadly average but that of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is above average. Their needs include moderate learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. The school meets the current floor standards which are the minimum standards expected by the government for attainment and progress.

The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises a single Reception class.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school because the achievement of pupils is outstanding. Since the amalgamation the headteacher has ensured that teaching is outstanding and has developed a widely-shared vision for ensuring the best possible outcomes for pupils.

From their starting points pupils make outstanding progress to reach levels of attainment which are exceptionally high by the end of Year 6 in both English and mathematics. Teaching is outstanding. Accurate assessment is used well so that work is carefully planned, matches pupils’ needs and challenges them successfully.

Teachers and teaching assistants give pupils helpful feedback so that they know how to improve. While pupils are usually good at applying this feedback, and therefore make rapid progress, there are missed opportunities to respond to the high quality comments teachers make in their books. Behaviour is good.

The behaviour of most pupils is exemplary and they maintain excellent attitudes to learning when some pupils display challenging behaviour. However, while systems to manage the very challenging behaviour of a few pupils are well developed, pupils in the earlier part of Key Stage 2 find it more difficult to keep within the high expectations of the school. Very occasionally pupils become less well focused when agreed strategies are not implemented, and are less understanding of those who are different to themselves.

Leadership and management are outstanding. The staff have worked hard to establish a cohesive approach across the two sites. The professional development and performance management of all staff are given a high priority and there is a strong sense of teamwork.

The curriculum is vibrant and reflects the interests of the pupils, helping them to become effective learners. Leaders and managers promote well the spiritual, moral and social development of the pupils. While music and sports are strong features in the school, cultural development in understanding the beliefs and lifestyles of others is less well established.