Malpas Church in Wales Primary School


School Guide Rating

Not Rated
Yewberry Close
NP20 6WJ
3 - 11
Not Available
Nursery, Infants & Juniors
4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn grade
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Pupil/Teacher ratio
Attendance during the year
English medium
Language of the school
Free school meals

School Description

Malpas Church in Wales Primary School is on the outskirts of Newport and maintained by Newport City Council. There are currently 339 pupils aged 4 to 11 years. Pupils are organised into 14 classes, two for each year group from Reception to Year 6. The school is an amalgamation of the former separate infant and junior schools. The two schools amalgamated in September 2017. The new headteacher was formerly the headteacher of the junior school, and the deputy headteacher was formerly deputy headteacher and temporary acting headteacher of the infant school. The infant and junior schools were each last inspected separately in 2014. The three-year average for pupils eligible for free school meals is around 7%. This figure is much lower than the Welsh average of 18%. The school has identified approximately 12% of pupils as having special educational needs, which is well below the Welsh average (21%). Most pupils are of White British ethnicity. A very few pupils speak English as an additional language. A very few pupils speak Welsh at home. Estyn does not inspect religious education or the religious content of collective worship when inspecting a school with a religious character. Instead, the governing body is required by law to arrange for religious education and collective worship to be inspected separately. Further information is available from the Welsh Government My Local School website at the link below. 1 A report on Malpas Church in Wales Primary School November 2019 Summary Pupils are happy and feel safe in school. Many enjoy their learning and most leave the school with suitable standards in English and mathematics. However, their standards in Welsh and information and communication technology (ICT) are not good enough. Pupils with special educational needs and a few who are more able make slower progress than they should. Too many pupils do not attend school regularly enough. In most classrooms, there are warm, professional relationships and a mutual respect between pupils and adults. Generally, teachers manage pupils’ behaviour well. However, teachers do not have high enough expectations to challenge more able pupils to achieve as well as they could. Teachers over-direct pupils’ learning and, as a result, pupils do not develop the skills they need to work independently or to solve problems for themselves. The recent amalgamation procedure has resulted in fractured relationships and poor communication between leaders and between leaders and staff. Consequently, the rate of school improvement recently has been too slow. Staff are not clear enough about their responsibilities and many do not have regular management time to address them. For example, leaders do not manage the provision for pupils with special educational needs closely enough. Leaders do not track pupils’ progress or monitor and review teachers’ work, or pupils’ attendance, tightly enough. This means that leaders cannot be certain that, over time, all pupils make at least the progress they should. Inspection area Judgement Standards Adequate and needs improvement Wellbeing and attitudes to learning Adequate and needs improvement Teaching and learning experiences Adequate and needs improvement Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement Unsatisfactory and needs urgent improvement Care, support and guidance Leadership and management 2 A report on Malpas Church in Wales Primary School November 2019 Recommendations R1 Develop communication systems and a clear strategic direction for the school to enable all staff to work together collaboratively in order to improve the school R2 Devise robust systems to monitor, evaluate and review the work of the school R3 Develop tracking systems to monitor and evaluate pupil progress and attendance robustly R4 Develop the governing body’s capacity to support and challenge the school and to fulfil its statutory duties R5 Improve classroom practice to support and challenge all pupils to become more independent learners R6 Strengthen the provision to support pupils with special educational needs What happens next In accordance with the Education Act 2005, HMCI is of the opinion that special measures are required in relation to this school. The school will draw up an action plan to show how it is going to address the recommendations. Estyn will monitor the school’s progress every four to six months, normally on a termly basis.

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