Water Meadows Primary School


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Shaftesbury Road
4 - 11
Academy sponsor led mainstream
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The school is part of The Stour Academy Trust. The multi-academy trust (MAT) has a board of trustees who refer to themselves as directors. The chief executive officer (CEO) and the deputy chief executive officer work closely with the school. Local governance is provided by a local advisory board. The headteacher was appointed in September 2017 and is also the headteacher of another school in the MAT. Currently, the school has three classes with mixed-age groups and one Year 6 class. In 2020, the school will be expanding to a one-form entry school with plans for further expansion to a two-form entry school in 2022. An acting headteacher is working alongside the current headteacher, prior to becoming the substantive headteacher in September 2020. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average. The school offers a daily breakfast club. Inspection report: Hersden Village Primary School, 19–20 March 2019 Page 10 of 12 Information about this inspection The inspector observed teaching and learning in all classes accompanied by the headteacher or other senior leaders. The inspector examined samples of pupils’ work and talked to individuals and groups of pupils about their learning and their views of the school. She heard some pupils read, and observed pupils arriving at school and their behaviour at breaktimes and lunchtimes. Discussions were held with the headteacher and the acting headteacher as well as with other leaders in school and from the trust. Meetings were held with the CEO and deputy CEO of the trust, the chair of the local advisory board and the chair of the board of trustees. The inspector examined a range of documents, including: leaders’ checks on the school’s performance and the quality of teaching and learning; the school development plan; information on pupils’ progress; and records relating to safeguarding, pupils’ behaviour and attendance. There were 21 responses to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, including 13 free-text comments. The inspector spoke to some parents at the start of the day and received one email message. The inspector also took account of the 12 responses to Ofsted’s staff questionnaire and the 46 responses to the pupil questionnaire. Inspection team Margaret Coussins, lead inspector Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: Hersden Village Primary School, 19–20 March 2019 Page 11 of 12 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/complaints-about-ofsted. If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

Water Meadows Primary School Catchment Area Map

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

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