Carisbrooke Church of England Controlled Primary School
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Wellington Road
Carisbrooke
Newport
PO30 5QT
01983522348
Pupils
408
Ages
5 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Voluntary controlled school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(28/11/17)
Full Report - All Reports
54%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You, your senior leadership team, staff and governors are very ambitious for the pupils in your care. You provide clear-sighted and purposeful leadership to drive forward improvements. Leaders at all levels have an accurate understanding of the standards achieved by pupils and what needs to be done to improve these further. The school’s values of ‘enjoy, endeavour, achieve, together’ are borne out in all aspects of your work. You have high expectations of staff and pupils. Staff feel valued and respected and appreciate the opportunities they are given to develop their skills. Many children starting Reception Year arrive with skills that are lower than those typical for children of their age, especially in the areas of learning associated with communication and language. Children make rapid progress during the year because you have focused the activities in these classes to rapidly develop these skills. As a result, the proportion of children reaching a good level of development has risen and is now above the national average. Outcomes for pupils at the end of key stage 1 are consistently strong. In 2016 the proportion of pupils attaining the standard expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics was above the national average. Provisional data for 2017 shows that the proportion of pupils attaining the expected standard was also above the national average. At key stage 2, according to provisional results for 2017, the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics was above the national average. Pupils enjoy learning at Carisbrooke and their attendance is good. They are enthusiastic about lessons and participate fully in a wide range of sporting clubs and activities. Pupils are proud that they have been awarded the national ‘school games’ gold award for the second year running. They like being challenged in the classroom. They talked about the changes made in the teaching of mathematics and how they now enjoy the subject more because of the harder work they are being given. Pupils also enjoy the different topics they study and the trips that link to these. For example, a group of children spoke excitedly about a visit they are making to the Winchester Discovery Centre. Governors know the school extremely well, and have a clear understanding of the strengths and areas for improvement across the school. They ensure that they are well informed, for example through their termly scrutiny panel days, in which subject and key-stage leaders present reports about their areas of responsibility. Governors use this opportunity to challenge leaders to explain underperformance, for example why progress slowed in key stage 2 in 2017. They then use this information to establish what support they can offer. In addition, they regularly visit the school to help in classes, for example by hearing pupils read. You have worked hard to address the areas for improvement that inspectors identified at the last inspection. The work of middle leaders is now a strength of the school. They are regularly involved in lesson observations, pupil progress meetings and work sampling. They also lead training for other staff. They review and change their action plans as necessary. Middle leaders now hold staff accountable for any underperformance and, as a result, pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics is accelerating. In addition, you have increased the level of challenge, especially for the most able. Changes to the curriculum in both English and mathematics have enabled all pupils to be suitably challenged. The school’s tracking information and work in pupils’ books show that these actions have had a positive impact on pupils’ progress. Parents are highly supportive of the school. One parent, encapsulating the views of many, remarked: ‘Experienced, caring staff lead the way at this school – I wouldn’t want my children to be anywhere else!’ The vast majority of parents who responded to the online Ofsted questionnaire, Parent View, feel that their children are taught well, and say that they would recommend the school to another parent. You, your other leaders, and governors are ambitious for the school for further improvement. You have identified that at present progress made by all pupils in mathematics, and by some pupils in reading, at key stage 2 is not rapid enough. You have started to address this issue. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders ensure that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and that there is a culture of vigilance. Statutory checks are carried out on all staff to ensure their suitability to work with children. Due to the training and frequent updates they receive, all staff have up-to-date knowledge of current requirements and are aware about the risks posed to pupils, including those of radicalisation and online grooming. Governors are highly effective at monitoring the school’s safeguarding work, for example by regularly interviewing pupils to ensure that policies have been put into practice and by completion of a monthly audit of the single central register. Pupils feel safe and have a good understanding of how to keep safe in a variety of situations. This includes when working online. Pupils explained how they have lessons about internet safety at the start of each term and how their parents are invited to attend after-school sessions about the dangers of the internet. A group of pupils assured me that all staff would help them if they were having problems. A large majority of parents agree that their children are happy, safe and well looked after at school. Inspection findings During the inspection, we looked closely at specific aspects of the school’s provision, including the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements; the progress of all pupils in mathematics at key stage 2; and pupils’ progress in reading at key stage 2, particularly those of key groups including middle-prior-attaining pupils, disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities. Results at the end of key stage 2 in 2016, and provisional results for 2017, show that the progress made by all pupils in mathematics was below the national average. However, the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in mathematics was slightly above that found nationally. Disadvantaged pupils’ progress in mathematics was below the national average for all other pupils, while their attainment rose sharply. Consequently, the difference between disadvantaged pupils’ attainment and that of other pupils nationally diminished between 2016 and 2017. The recent appointment of a new mathematics leader, the introduction of a new mathematics curriculum, and changes you have made to the teaching of mathematics have had a beneficial impact on the progress of pupils currently in the school. You have ensured that work now more closely matches the needs of individual pupils. This, together with the effective use of teaching assistants and the introduction of measures to ensure that no pupil gets left behind, has contributed to an improvement in current pupils’ rates of progress. School information shows that pupils have made strong progress in mathematics since the start of the year. Workbooks scrutinised during the inspection provided additional evidence that the changes made have contributed to pupils’ rapid progress in this subject. However, you are aware that more needs to be done to fully embed the positive changes that have been made since September. According to 2017 provisional results, the proportion of pupils who reached the expected standard in reading was above the national average. However, progress made by middle-prior-attaining pupils was below average in both 2016 and 2017.

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