Whitchurch Primary School

Name Whitchurch Primary School
Website http://www.whitchurchprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Address 22 Bristol Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0PT
Phone Number 01275833593
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207 (47.8% boys 52.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Academy Sponsor Lighthouse Schools Partnership
Local Authority Bath and North East Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.2%
Persistent Absence 14.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 22.7%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Whitchurch Primary School is slightly smaller than most primary schools. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have English as an additional language is much lower than the national average.

The proportion of pupils eligible for the additional pupil premium funding is below the national average. The proportion of pupils at the school who have SEN and/or disabilities is slightly higher than the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards for schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders, including governors, have acted swiftly to improve the quality of teaching so that it is now consistently good across the school. Leaders’ rigorous monitoring of teaching successfully holds teachers to account for the progress pupils make in their classes. The progress of pupils has risen quickly and continues to increase so that they now make good progress from their different starting points.

Standards are good across the school. They have improved so that, in 2017, pupils reached at least the expected attainment for their age in reading, writing and mathematics in the end of key stage tests at both key stage 1 and key stage 2. In 2017, in reading and writing, the proportion of pupils working at a higher standard for their age was above the national average at the end of Year 6.

Reading and phonics are taught well. Pupils read fluently, with enthusiasm and enjoyment. Children receive a good start to their education in the early years.

They are well prepared for the learning they will experience in Year 1. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning. They use school’s systems of assessment and feedback to improve their work.

The broad and wide-ranging curriculum helps pupils to learn well. Teachers’ accurate and timely assessment of pupils’ learning means they quickly identify any dips in pupils’ progress. Teaching is highly effective at helping pupils catch up quickly.

Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They say they feel safe and enjoy school. The majority of parents and carers agree.

In mathematics, too few pupils reach a higher standard for their age by the end of Year 6. Newly appointed middle leaders are not yet fully effective in their roles. The quality of handwriting and presentation is not good enough in all classes, particularly in mathematics and in key stage 1.