Weyford Nursery and Primary Academy

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Weyford Nursery and Primary Academy


Name Weyford Nursery and Primary Academy
Website http://www.weyfordprimary.co.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Weyford Nursery and Primary Academy, Bordon, GU35 0ET
Phone Number 01420472119
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 404 (50.7% boys 49.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Academy Sponsor University Of Chichester (Multi) Academy Trust
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 19%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.6%
Persistent Absence 14.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.9%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

information about the performance of pupils. However, governors lack the skills and

understanding required either to evaluate the information or to make accurate judgements about the performance of the school. In some cases, inaccurate conclusions about pupil outcomes have been recorded in governing body minutes and have not been corrected.

This results in governors having an overly positive view of the current progress and attainment of pupils. Minutes of governing body meetings and visit reports show that challenge to leaders is currently lacking. Points raised are not subsequently followed up in future meetings or visits, and so governors are not able to evaluate the impact of leaders on pupil outcomes.

Safeguarding The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders responsible for safeguarding have a broad range of relevant skills and are suitably experienced. Support for the most vulnerable pupils is strong because of the effective relationships between the school and external agencies.

Referrals are completed in a timely manner, and information that is shared is precise, accurate and of a high quality. Staff can clearly explain their responsibilities and duties in protecting pupils and keeping them safe from harm. They receive appropriate training and know how to use this knowledge to fulfil their roles in keeping pupils safe.

Child protection records are completed accurately, and designated safeguarding leads provide effective oversight. However, the information in these records is not available quickly enough, and relies too heavily on the diligence of individual members of staff. Governors lack the required knowledge and understanding to monitor safeguarding policy and procedures effectively.

Parents are confident that the school keeps their children safe. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement There is wide variation in the quality of teaching between different year groups and between subjects. Consequently, pupils’ rates of progress and learning across the curriculum are variable over time.

Teachers know the age-related expectation for pupils in their classes. However, they do not routinely use assessment information to make sure that tasks set for pupils of differing abilities have the right level of challenge. This results in a lack of progress across subjects.

Teachers do not make effective use of additional adults to support learning. Although pupils often complete tasks that are appropriate, they spend too long waiting to be told they can move on with their learning. As a result, time is wasted and pupils do not make the progress of which they are capable.

The tasks that pupils complete in lessons are not designed carefully enough to allow them to produce work that is of a good quality. For example, in English lessons, pupils are frequently provided with tasks that do not allow them to record their work clearly. The inconsistent design of tasks means that pupils are not able consistently to produce high-quality outcomes.

Teachers’ expectations of pupils’ handwriting and presentation are too low. Pupils’ handwriting shows little improvement over time because teachers accept standards that are too low. There are some improvements in the teaching of English, resulting in pupils being more eager to write.

Interesting texts are used on which to base sequences of work, and as a result, pupils are writing more. Pupils benefit from well-stocked libraries within the school and can describe their favourite authors. The teaching of phonics has improved.

Pupils make good progress because of the skilful teaching they receive. Assessment information is used effectively to ensure that teaching is pitched at the right levels for different groups of pupils. The teaching of mathematics is not consistently good enough.

For example, pupils make simple mistakes in their calculations because information is not presented clearly enough. Although pupils have recently been provided with more opportunities to apply their learning through reasoning activities, scrutiny of pupils’ books shows that they are not secure enough in their understanding of basic mathematical concepts. Personal development, behaviour and welfare Requires improvement Personal development and welfare The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare requires improvement.

Pupils do not demonstrate sufficient self-belief or confidence in their abilities. They are not confident to challenge themselves further when tasks are too easy and they are over-reliant on the guidance of adults. When adult support is not available, too many pupils lack positive attitudes to their learning.

Overall, pupils’ understanding of how to be a successful learner is not well developed. Pupils do not take sufficient pride in their work. While there is evidence of some good-quality outcomes across the curriculum, too often pupils’ written work lacks care and effort.

The breakfast and after-school clubs are highly valued by parents and carers. It provides pupils with a safe and enjoyable environment. Pupils benefit from a range of healthy breakfast choices and they speak highly of the care they receive.

Pupils told inspectors that they feel safe and well cared for. They can describe ways in which the school teaches them to stay safe, particularly when working online or crossing the road. They have a good understanding of equalities, and report that they treat each other with respect.

Behaviour The behaviour of pupils is good. Since the school opened in 2017, attendance has improved and is now very close to the national average. The number of pupils who are persistently absent has decreased, and disadvantaged pupils’ attendance has improved significantly.

Exclusions at the predecessor schools had been above national averages, and challenging behaviour was frequent. Exclusions have decreased significantly over the past 18 months. There is still a small minority of pupils who display challenging behaviour.

However, the provision for these pupils has improved and, because of the carefully planned additional support available to them, their behaviour has minimal impact on the learning of other pupils. At lunchtimes, pupils behave calmly in the dinner halls and move around appropriately. Pupils report that they feel safe and that the behaviour of their peers is good.

Well-organised sports activities on the playground keep pupils interested and active. Outcomes for pupils Requires improvement Pupils’ work demonstrates that pupils make inconsistent progress across the curriculum. This is due to the variable quality of teaching and assessment across the school.

Pupils’ progress in mathematics is particularly weak at the end of key stage 2. This is because the majority of teaching over time is not planned effectively enough for pupils to build on their prior learning. However, this is not the case in every year group and there are some classes where pupils are making good progress.

Standards at the end of key stage 1 in reading and mathematics, particularly those of most-able pupils, are showing improvement as a result of more consistent teaching. In 2018, pupils working at greater depth in these subjects achieved standards in line with national averages. Changes to the way that phonics is taught have been successful in improving outcomes for pupils.

As a result, pupils’ reading skills are improving, and attainment is closer to the national average in the phonics screening check, both in Year 1 and at the end of key stage 1. Leaders have identified as a priority the need to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. Actions taken to improve pastoral provision are beginning to be effective, but leaders’ own analysis indicates that disadvantaged pupils are making insufficient progress overall.

The quality of pupils’ work across the curriculum is variable. Work scrutiny in geography and history showed that pupils experience a broad range of topics. However, the design of tasks restricts pupils from being able to fully explain or describe what they have learned.

Teachers do not follow the school’s own policy on providing feedback. This results in pupils continuing to make repeated errors in their spelling and handwriting. Early years provision Requires improvement Recent changes to the way the Nursery and Reception classes are organised have not brought about the intended benefits.

The learning needs of the youngest children are not adequately met, which results in them not making the progress they should. Leaders have an ambitious vision for the early years provision. However, leaders do not yet have sufficient knowledge and understanding across the age range to make this vision work successfully.

As a result, pupils in Reception make better progress than those in Nursery. Children in the early years benefit from a wide range of interesting activities that create a purposeful learning environment. Outside space is used well and, during the inspection, children were seen making good use of equipment that helped them to be imaginative in their play.

However, too many activities that children choose for themselves lack challenge. Pupil premium funding is used effectively to support the needs of disadvantaged children. The main focus for this funding is on improving children’s speech and language and providing emotional support.

This is resulting in an increasing number of disadvantaged children achieving a good level of development by the end of Reception. Staff demonstrate the ability to react well to children’s learning interests. For example, during the inspection, children were being encouraged to explore ice that was found on the playground.

Through effective questioning, children’s understanding of freezing and melting was developed. Children in the early years are safe and well cared for. The statutory requirements for safeguarding are met, and parents appreciate the care shown to their children.

Children behave well and are respectful to each other and the equipment that they play with. Staff generally work effectively with parents. Transition arrangements are well planned, and parents report that they receive valuable information and support when their children begin school for the first time.

The online system for sharing information about children is only used by a minority of parents, resulting in some parents not being as well informed as they could be. School details Unique reference number 116018 Local authority Hampshire Inspection number 10088079 This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. Type of school Primary School category Community Age range of pupils 2 to 11 Gender of pupils Mixed Number of pupils on the school roll 414 Appropriate authority The governing body Chair Katie Anscomb Headteacher Julie Smith Telephone number 01420 472119 Website www.

weyfordprimary.co.uk Email address julie.

[email protected] Date of previous inspection Not previously inspected

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders and governors have not been fully effective in ensuring that good-quality teaching is consistently provided for all pupils. Leaders’ monitoring of teaching and the actions taken to improve practice are not rigorous enough to result in the improvements required.

The teaching of mathematics is not effective. The attainment and progress of all groups of pupils at the end of key stage 2 are too low. Governors lack the skills and knowledge required to support and challenge the school effectively.

Their evaluation of the school’s performance is overly generous. The progress of disadvantaged pupils is improving, but not quickly enough for them to close the gap with non-disadvantaged pupils. The school’s curriculum provides pupils with interesting contexts to learn about.

However, teaching does not build effectively on pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Teachers do not routinely use assessment information effectively to ensure that teaching matches pupils’ ability levels. Tasks pupils complete are not designed well enough to allow them to produce work of a good standard.

Children in the Nursery class do not make good progress because the provision for them does not meet their needs sufficiently. The school has the following strengths The headteacher is determined to improve the school. She has a clear vision for how the former infant and junior schools will work together as one school.

Staff feel well supported and are proud to work here. They value the training they receive and want the best for the pupils they teach. Pupils behave well and respect each other.

The teaching of phonics is effective. The proportion of pupils who meet the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check has improved and is close to the national average. Parents and carers recognise the improvements to the school since the amalgamation in 2017 and value the work of leaders.