Navigation Primary School
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Hawarden Road
WA14 1NG
3 - 11
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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Navigation Primary School is a happy place to learn and work for pupils. Pupils are polite, friendly and articulate. They are very proud of their school. One pupil described the school as ‘amazing’. Pupils are respectful to each other and their teachers. They achieve well, particularly in mathematics. Pupils respond well to staff’s high expectations. They support the school’s motto, ‘working together, learning together’. Pupils follow a broad and interesting curriculum. They enjoy the wide range of activities that are on offer. These include after-school clubs for musical theatre, art and cookery. Across the school, pupils are absorbed in their learning. Their behaviour in lessons and around school is impressive. The pupils I spoke with said that they feel safe in the school. They said that bullying is very rare. Pupils are confident that adults will sort out any problems that do occur. Parents and carers appreciate the work that staff do to support pupils’ well-being. A typical comment from a parent was, ‘I am completely confident that my child is receiving the best possible care in school.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? The leadership team provide clear and positive direction for the school. They are well supported by the expertise of the governing body. Together, they understand the school’s many strengths and where further improvement is needed. Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum. There are clear plans that help teachers to know what needs to be taught and when. Staff are successful at making sure that pupils remember what they have been taught. As a result, pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), achieve well in a broad range of subjects such as English, mathematics, science and history. In some subjects, such as art and design and design technology, pupils have gaps in their knowledge and skills. For example, very few pupils could recall the name of any great artists they had studied before the inspection. This is because these subjects were previously not taught in sufficient detail. Leaders have made changes to the curriculum plans of these subjects. However, they are recent and have not had time to take full effect. Reading is a high priority. Leaders promote a love of reading. Children learn about phonics as soon as they arrive in school. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes enjoy the stories and poems that teachers read. Pupils take full advantage of the wide range of books on offer in the new library. Teachers are quick to help any pupil who falls behind so that they catch up quickly. A high proportion of pupils achieve the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check. Staff work closely with parents to help them support their children at home. Pupils achieve well in reading at the end of Year 6. Mathematics is a strength of the school. Topics are taught in a logical order and build on pupils’ previous learning. Teachers use their subject knowledge to develop children’s understanding of early mathematics. Pupils are given opportunities to use their knowledge and understanding to tackle mathematical problems. They are confident in explaining their mathematical thinking and are taught that mistakes ‘are just another way of learning’. Pupils achieve extremely well in mathematics by the end of key stage 2. Teachers adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of pupils with SEND. This helps these pupils to learn well. Leaders plan learning carefully so that disadvantaged pupils can join in with their classmates in all aspects of school life. Pupils behave very well around the school and when in class. They are kind to each other and show good manners. Pupils attend school regularly. Leaders are determined that pupils leave Navigation Primary School ready to thrive in tomorrow’s world. The work that the school does to promote pupils’ health and well-being is a strong feature of the school. Pupils spoke positively about the ‘Zen Zone’, where they can take time out from the bustle of the playground to be quiet and calm. They understand the importance of what it means to have a healthy and happy body and mind. The rich curriculum helps pupils to develop morally, spiritually and culturally. Pupils learn to celebrate what people have in common and respect for what is different. Staff feel valued and enjoy working at the school. There is a strong sense of teamwork among staff at the school. Staff morale is high. Leaders and governors are considerate of staff workload.

Navigation 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.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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