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Moat Primary School

Moat Primary School
Juniper Avenue

phone: 01452 520502

headteacher: Miss Kirsti Ashman

reveal email: adm…

school holidays: via Gloucestershire council

133 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
210 pupils capacity: 63% full

70 boys 53%


65 girls 49%


Last updated: June 29, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 2001
Reason open
Result of Amalgamation
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 384903, Northing: 215718
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.84, Longitude: -2.2205
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 16, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › Gloucester › Matson and Robinswood
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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16 July 2014
Miss Ashman
Moat Primary School
Juniper Avenue
Dear Miss Ashman

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Moat Primary School

Following my visit to your school on Wednesday 16 July 2014, I write on behalf of
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report
the findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in April 2014. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 make sure that boys achieve as well as girls by planning activities that inspire

and motivate them

 ensure that those pupils with special educational needs who are supported

through school action are achieving in line with their capabilities

 extend the knowledge and skills of the teachers by linking with schools outside

their immediate community and attending the Getting to Good, Better English
and Better Mathematics conferences run by Her Majesty’s Inspectors for schools
that require improvement

 display the amount of learning days lost so that families fully understand the

impact poor attendance has on their children.

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During the visit, meetings were held with you, the subject leaders for numeracy and
literacy, two governors, one of whom was the Chair of the Governing body, and a
representative of the local authority. In each meeting we discussed the action taken
since the last inspection and its impact so far. The improvement plan was evaluated.
I undertook a learning walk with you around the school and visited all the


Since the inspection the subject leaders for literacy and numeracy have returned
from maternity leave and two teaching assistants have been appointed. One
member of staff is on maternity leave and another is leaving at the end of this term.
Two newly qualified teachers have been appointed on a fixed term contract for the
start of the new academic term.

Main findings

The very recent return of the subject leaders for literacy and numeracy has
strengthened the leadership team. They are proactively engaged in evaluating the
quality of teaching and learning in the pupils’ books and have checked teachers
planning to ensure activities set are well-matched to the pupils' needs and
sufficiently challenging. Appropriate plans to observe lessons and improve the quality
of teaching are already well underway for next term.
Since the inspection pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
have been grouped according to their ability when they learn about letters and the
sounds they make. This is providing better support for individual pupils. Results in
the most recent Year 1 screening check for letters and sounds have significantly
improved and are above average. Nevertheless, standards remain low in the rest of
the school.
Results from the most recent end of Year 6 tests indicate a dip in standards from
2013. Two-thirds of this cohort has special educational needs and a significant
proportion of this cohort joined the school mid-way through their primary education.
Nevertheless, as they have moved up through the school, they have experienced too
much teaching that requires improvement. This has meant that these pupils have
not made enough progress. Changes have been made to the staffing structure in
preparation for the new academic year. For example, two very experienced teachers
returning from maternity leave will teach Years 5 and 6. By appointing another two
new teachers, leaders are working hard to develop a keen and cohesive team. By
holding weekly joint planning sessions to check what the pupils will be learning,
teaching staff are now supporting each other to produce good quality lessons where
objectives are clear and measureable.
Since the inspection there is a greater emphasis on using resources around the
classroom to support pupils' learning. By introducing interesting topics and practical

activities where there are opportunities for the pupils to apply their new knowledge

and skills, there is now more engagement and participation in lessons. The recent
development of homework packs for pupils to take home over the summer break
and the response to the newly introduced competitive ‘spelling bees’ have been well-

received by the children and their parents and carers. The ‘spelling bees’ have

already helped the pupils to spell correctly and it is hoped that the homework packs
will encourage the children to continue learning throughout the long summer break.
During the learning walk around the school all pupils were actively engaged in their
learning and attitudes in the lessons were positive. Nevertheless, despite a greater
emphasis on the importance of regular attendance through posters, discussions at
parents meetings and letters home, it remains a significant issue for some families.
The appointment of a learning mentor and the opening of a class at the start of the
new academic year to nurture vulnerable children, has been planned to support
those families who have attendance problems. Professional help from within the
local cluster group is also being used to improve attendance.
The highly experienced Chair of the Governing Body, brought into guide the school
out of serious weaknesses, has maintained a close watch on the work of the school.
Governors have a good understanding of the progress the pupils are making, in
particular those in receipt of additional government funding. They are
knowledgeable, astute and have full involvement in the school’s journey of
improvement. Regular visits into lessons ensure that they have a good
understanding of what is going on and governors proudly report that behaviour has
much improved since the last inspection. They have secured a strong teaching staff
for the next academic year to ensure that improvements are accelerated.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority continues to provide well-measured support and keeps a close
eye on the school. The regular progress meetings held between the local authority
and the school ensure that there is no slippage with the ongoing journey of
improvement. The local authority has paid for an experienced headteacher to
support the headteacher. This help has been invaluable and has given the
headteacher greater confidence and experience. The local authority has also funded
the training for a learning mentor in preparation for the opening of a nurture class at
the start of next academic year. In addition to this, local authority funding has been
sensitively used to train staff to resolve situations where there is conflict between
pupils. The local authority recognises the need for all staff members to extend their
links beyond the immediate community and share wider expertise. A sensible start
would be attendance at the conferences run by Her Majesty’s Inspectors to support
schools which require improvement.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Gloucestershire.

Yours sincerely
Lorna Brackstone

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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