Waterwells Primary Academy
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Boulmer Avenue
Kingsway
Quedgeley
Gloucester
GL2 2FX
01452881962
Pupils
420
Ages
3 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Academy sponsor led
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Report
(16/1/19)
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60%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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School Description

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Pupils are organised in 13 classes and a Nursery class. There are two classes for each year group except Year 6, which is one class. The school is part of the Robinswood Academy Trust, together with four other local schools: Robinswood Primary, Moat Primary, Hunts Grove Primary and Grange Primary. Responsibilities for governance are held jointly by the multi-academy trust and the academy board, which is a local body. Both boards receive a range of information from leaders and visit the school regularly. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is broadly average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is broadly average. The Nursery class is managed by the school. Inspection report: Waterwells Primary Academy, 15–16 January 2019 Page 9 of 12 There is a breakfast club which is managed by the school.

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Waterwells Primary Academy Reviews

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BY PARENTS, FOR PARENTS

“Excellent school and supportive staff”
AUTHOR:
"> My child has attended this school for the past three years and she has thoroughly enjoyed her time there. She has made good progress and has had lots of opportunities since she arrived. In my experience the teachers listen and have helped to resolve any issues. I know the school have worked hard to take on feedback from parents to keep improving. There are regular newsletters and they use the phone text system too. Overall, I and my daughter are really happy with the school.
“A decent school”
AUTHOR:
"> I have two children in this school and both are doing well. My daughter has had three amazing teachers who push and encourage her to perform to her capabilities. Both children enjoy going to school, have built great relationships with other children and the staff at the school and I'm very happy that we selected this school for them. There are issues however. Communication has been poor, but the school is aware and I believe they are working on this part. For example Newsletters now have more information and details of important dates. My other problem with the school is it's over emphasis on religious teaching. For a school which has no religious attachment, I feel that they push religion too hard. They invite a church to take assembly every week and they rarely seem to teach anything other than Christianity which disconcerting to me. There is also an early morning non-compulsory pre-school worship which, in my opinion, is unnecessary in a non-religious school. In terms of school events, my daughter has been in a school trip each year. There are school discos, there are events laid on at the end of term for children with 100% attendance and there are a plethora of after school clubs that children may join.
“Below Average Attainment Results for Third Year Running.”
AUTHOR:
"> Waterwells School has the benefit of a lovely modern new building, and it does look very smart. But don't be fooled by appearances as we all know you can't judge a book from it's cover. I think the main problems with this school are the high numbers of newly qualified inexperienced teachers, and the fact that the Head Teacher is running three primary schools at once. It is run by an academy trust which seems to treat the schooling system as a business rather than a place to nurture children's learning and well being. This school is in its third year since opening but sadly ,pupils attainment levels have not improved at all. It is for this reason that I am now in the process of seeking a better performing school for my two children, as their progress at Waterwells has been very slow, possibly held back by poor teaching.
“A New Build School Which Has Much Need For Improvement”
AUTHOR:
"> In my opinion this is a poorly run school. Teachers fail to communicate with parents, which leaves parents with no idea of what is going on in the day to day running of the school. There have been many incidents which breach safeguarding policies, for example children left alone in the playground after break time has finished. Staff do not deal well with bullying, instead parents are discouraged from reporting any incidents of bullying. The school has been open for three years but still not yet fully established in terms of organisation. There are no class events such as end of year parties, Christmas parties or any such rewarding celebrations for the children. There is a Harvest Festival each year which lasts for a disappointing 10 minutes, and a Nativity which tends to lack the effort of teachers; no costumes other than a pillowcase for each child to wear! There are no opportunities for parents to participate in school, for guided reading or other such voluntary roles in the classroom. Class trips off the school premises are rare. Teachers generally lack the enthusiasm and passion needed for successful running of a primary school.
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