William Cobbett Primary School

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William Cobbett Primary School

Name William Cobbett Primary School
Website http://www.william-cobbett.surrey.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Weybourne Road, Farnham, GU9 9ER
Phone Number 01252312772
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 484 (51.2% boys 48.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 12.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.0%
Persistent Absence 5.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.2%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds.

The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is higher than the national average.

The school incorporates the Woodland Centre, a specially resourced provision for up to 30 pupils who have autism spectrum disorder. There is a breakfast and after-school club that is managed by the school. The school met the government’s floor standards in 2017, which are the minimum expectations for standards and progress for pupils in Year 6.

This is the first inspection since the school was formed by the amalgamation of other schools in 2015.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and deputy headteacher have successfully united the school, following the amalgamation in 2015. Their ambitious vision for success is steering continuous improvements in the curriculum, teaching and pupils’ outcomes The personal development and welfare of pupils are outstanding.

Pupils are very well cared for. They develop exceptionally positive attitudes towards each other. This is a happy and friendly school.

Teachers’ secure subject knowledge and skilful questioning enable pupils to make good progress across a wide range of subjects. However, the most able pupils do not reliably achieve the standards that they are capable of, particularly in writing. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make strong progress in their learning.

This is a result of the carefully tailored support they receive. This includes pupils attending the Woodland Centre (specially resourced provision for pupils who have autism spectrum disorder). Pupils behave well in and around the school.

They are polite to their teachers, courteous to visitors and considerate to each other. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Pupils relish the many opportunities they have to extend their interests through a varied programme of clubs and activities.

The carefully designed curriculum motivates pupils to develop their knowledge and skills across a broad range of subjects. Pupils enjoy the exciting visits and activities that enrich their learning. Governors are rightly proud of the school and have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

Governors visit the school regularly. However, they do not reliably share the findings of their visits with each other, to sharpen their joint challenge and support to leaders. Across the school, disadvantaged pupils make good progress from their typically low starting points.

However, their progress is not yet fast enough to enable them to catch up with others. Children in the early years get a good start to their education because they are taught well. Parents appreciate the support their children receive.