Newport Church of England Aided Primary School
Isle of Wight
phone: 01983 522826
headteacher: Mr Jerry Seaward
420 pupils capacity: 88% full
185 boys 50%
185 girls 50%
Last updated: July 28, 2014
Primary — Voluntary Aided School
- Education phase
- Religious character
- Church of England
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Aided School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 449197, Northing: 89103
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 50.699, Longitude: -1.3048
- Accepting pupils
- 5—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- April 24, 2013
- Ofsted special measures
- In special measures
- Diocese of Portsmouth (ce)
- Region › Const. › Ward
- South East › Isle of Wight › Newport West
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Free school meals %
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Newport Church of England
Aided Primary School
Hazel Close, Carisbrooke Meadows, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5GD
|Inspection dates||23–24 April 2015|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Requires improvement||3|
|Leadership and management||Requires improvement||3|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Requires improvement||3|
|Quality of teaching||Requires improvement||3|
|Achievement of pupils||Requires improvement||3|
|Early years provision||Good||2|
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement. It is not good because
The school has the following strengths
| Leaders have not yet ensured that teaching is |
Boys’ achievement in writing is weaker than girls’
Pupils do not study subjects other than English
Pupils are not given enough opportunities outside
Pupils do not develop information and
good throughout the school. As a result, pupils’
progress is not consistently good, especially in Key
throughout the school. More able pupils are not
challenged adequately in their learning.
and mathematics in sufficient depth. Teachers
have lower expectations for the work pupils
produce in lessons, other than for mathematics
and English, and provide less effective feedback.
mathematics and English lessons to practise and
extend their basic literacy and numeracy skills.
communication technology (ICT) skills
systematically, or apply them fully in learning.
| Behaviour requires improvement. Notably, some |
The attendance of pupils supported by the pupil
Governors have not held leaders to account
Some parents express a lack of confidence in the
pupils in Key Stage 2 have not developed the
concentration and persistence needed to learn well.
premium is lower than other pupils, and is not
improving quickly enough.
sufficiently. They have been too ready to accept
information without adequately checking its
accuracy. The school’s work to keep pupils safe
requires improvement because governors do not
monitor site risk assessments regularly enough.
leadership and management of the school.
| Senior and subject leaders are showing they can |
Pupils in Key Stage 1 are on track to achieve the
Rapid progress in Year 6 since January has
improve teaching, so that an increasing proportion
is now good. Where weaknesses remain, effective
action is being taken by the interim headteacher.
learning expected for their age. In Key Stage 2,
the proportion of pupils on track to attain these
levels is increasing.
significantly boosted pupils’ readiness for
| Disabled pupils and those with special educational |
Early years provision is good.
The new Chair of the Governing Body leads with
needs make good progress. Gaps between the
achievement of pupils supported by the pupil
premium and others are closing, in some cases
determination. Systems to hold leaders to account
are developing rapidly. Governors have a clear
vision for the long-term future of the school.
Information about this inspection
- This inspection followed five monitoring visits in connection with the school being judged to require special
measures at its previous inspection.
- Inspectors observed teaching in every class, including nine joint observations with senior leaders.
Inspectors observed a class assembly.
- Inspectors heard pupils read and looked at pupils’ work in their books and on display.
- Meetings were held with the interim headteacher and other leaders, governors, and a representative from
the local authority.
- Inspectors met with a group of pupils, observed playtime and lunchtime, and talked with pupils and staff
around the school.
- Inspectors talked with parents at the start of the day. Account was taken of 40 responses to the online
questionnaire (Parent View) and an email from one parent. Responses to the staff questionnaire were also
- Inspectors looked at a range of documents, including plans for what pupils will learn, the school’s
evaluation of its own performance and improvement planning, information relating to the school’s use of
government sport funding and the pupil premium (additional government funding to support pupils
receiving free school meals and those who are looked after).
- Checks were made of arrangements for keeping pupils safe, pupils’ attendance records, behaviour and
incident logs, and minutes of governing body meetings. Inspectors scrutinised records of how pupils’
learning is tracked and analysed, and records of the quality of teaching.
|Siân Thornton, Lead inspector||Her Majesty’s Inspector|
|Laura Dickson||Additional Inspector|
|Fiona Robinson||Additional Inspector|
In accordance with section 13 (4) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion
that the school no longer requires special measures.
Information about this school
- Newport Church of England Aided Primary School is a larger-than-average-sized primary school.
- The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, for which the school receives
additional pupil premium funding, is below average.
- Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well
below average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language.
- The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below average.
- In 2014, the school did not meet the government’s floor standards, which set out the minimum
expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
- Pupils attend the early years provision full time.
- The headteacher of Wroxhall Primary School is serving as interim headteacher from January to August
2015. Governors are currently recruiting senior leadership for September.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Improve teaching so that all groups of pupils achieve well in all their learning, by ensuring:
all pupils, especially boys, engage positively in writing activities, developing the motivation and skills
needed to write well for a range of purposes
the most able pupils are consistently challenged to attain levels higher than expected for their age
pupils study all subjects in sufficient depth, producing work of a suitable quality and quantity, with
meaningful opportunities to practise and extend their reading, writing and mathematics skills
teachers have high expectations for pupils’ learning in all subjects, and provide regular, effective
feedback to pupils about all their work
all pupils systematically develop ICT skills, making suitable use of ICT to assist their learning
all lessons are suitably paced and well organised: moving learning on to maintain pupils’ interest, but
not so quickly as to interrupt pupils’ progress.
- Improve behaviour and safety by ensuring that:
all pupils, particularly boys in Key Stage 2, develop the habits needed for good learning, including the
ability to listen and concentrate for extended periods and to work hard when activities are challenging
all pupils supported by the pupil premium achieve good attendance.
- Improve leadership and management, and boost parents’ confidence, by ensuring:
effective senior leadership continues in the long term, and parents are kept well informed
governors hold leaders firmly to account, especially for teachers’ performance, with rigorous checks on
the accuracy of information provided by the school and a secure cycle of activities to ensure thorough
evaluation of the school’s overall effectiveness, including in checking site risk assessments
leaders rigorously check the quality of pupils’ learning across all subjects.
|The leadership and management||require improvement|
- Since the last inspection, the deputy headteacher has led determined action to improve teaching in the
school. Nevertheless, more remains to be done to ensure it is consistently good. Recruitment difficulties
have undermined good quality teaching in Key Stage 2 and, until recently, senior leaders did not deal
effectively with identified weaknesses in this phase.
- Since January, action by the interim headteacher has led to acceleration in the pace of work to improve
teaching, and therefore in pupils’ progress, especially in Year 6 and Year 4.
- The special educational needs coordinator ensures that disabled pupils and those with special educational
needs are swiftly identified and appropriate support provided. She has developed the teaching assistant
team to be effective. She closely tracks pupils’ progress, keeps in touch with parents and links well with
external agencies. The special educational needs coordinator also closely monitors the progress of pupils
supported by the pupil premium, ensuring they receive any additional support they require.
- Middle leaders for English and mathematics are increasingly effective. They regularly check teaching and
pupils’ work, and monitor pupils’ progress. They are aware of the need to improve writing and boost the
achievement of the most able pupils.
- A scheme has been introduced to implement the revised National Curriculum, in a series of ‘Discovery’
topics. However, leaders have not checked adequately how well classes are covering different subjects,
the quality of pupils’ work, or the feedback teachers provide.
- Senior leaders have fully adjusted the school’s assessment systems for the revised National Curriculum.
Pupils’ individual targets are set with these goals in mind, and progress towards expectations for the end
of each key stage in reading, writing and mathematics is tracked accurately.
- The school uses pupil premium funding well, including extra teaching and skilled classroom support.
Family support has begun to improve attendance, but not sufficiently.
- Additional government sport funding is being used efficiently. Expert coaches provide specialist teaching
and train staff. The range of after-school clubs has increased significantly, including archery, martial arts,
seated volleyball, and dance. Participation has increased, so that sports clubs are over-subscribed.
- The school makes good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Assemblies
and adults’ example encourage pupils to reflect on their own and others’ feelings. A recent ‘space day’
helped older pupils think deeply about our planet and our place in the universe. Pupils regularly raise
money for charities, including on their own initiative. Adults’ conspicuous care for the school’s environment
communicates the importance of learning, with prominent displays celebrating pupils’ success. Pupils
readily take up responsibilities, for example helping in the playground, organising sports day, assemblies
and seasonal events. ‘Discovery’ lessons provide rich cultural influences, especially in art.
- Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. They learn about a range of faiths and family lifestyles,
recently exchanging letters with pupils from a Muslim school on the mainland. A display near the Year 6
classrooms promotes wide-ranging careers, and visitors (most recently a doctor and an archaeologist)
regularly represent the ‘world of work’.
- The school actively promotes the fundamental British values of tolerance, equality, free speech and
democracy. School councillors are elected by their peers. Relating to the general election, Year 5 pupils
recently wrote ‘manifestos’ and prepared campaign speeches. ‘Justice’ and ‘responsibility’ are promoted in
prominent displays, reminding pupils of the school’s behaviour policies. Recently, governors explained
equality legislation to school council members, before asking them to write questions for headteacher
- The school works hard to promote equality and tackle any discrimination. All adults demonstrate positive
attitudes to one another, encouraging good relationships between pupils. Bullying and racist incidents are
extremely rare, but recorded and acted upon swiftly if they do occur. The special educational needs
coordinator insists that any disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are treated with
appropriate dignity and respect. Leaders are working to ensure all pupils achieve well, although recognise
there is work to do.
- The school meets all requirements for safeguarding, including when recruiting staff and child protection.
- The local authority has provided extensive support since the last inspection. This has contributed well to
the development of leadership and improvements in teaching. The local authority is working closely with
the governing body and the diocese in planning for the future leadership of the school.
- The governance of the school:
Until very recently, governors did not hold leaders to account well enough, particularly for the
management of teachers’ performance and their pay. Since January, the new Chair of the Governing
Body has ensured that the required processes are in place. As a result, governors have a very clear
picture of the quality of teaching, and where action is being taken to secure improvement.
Governors are well trained in the use of information about pupils’ progress, and consider this routinely
in the school improvement committee. Governors have checked closely, over an extended period, the
progress of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and those supported by the pupil
premium. The needs of these groups have been central to governors’ decisions about the spending of
the pupil premium and government sport funding, and about staffing. Governors regularly review the
use and impact of this funding, so they are aware of concerns such as the attendance of pupils
supported by the pupil premium, and are carefully monitoring the impact of work to improve this.
Governors are working closely with the local authority and the diocese to plan their long term vision for
the future of the school, including financial planning and plans for senior leadership from September.
However, a number of parents expressed concern that they are not kept well enough informed by
governors about this, undermining confidence in the leadership and management of the school.
The Chair of the Governing Body has taken effective steps to improve significantly the operation of the
governing body. A skilled and experienced clerk is in place, each governor has specific responsibilities,
and governors make regular purposeful visits to the school. However, these systems are not yet routine
and the governing body does not have a sufficiently systematic approach to receiving a full range of
reports from leaders, including in checking site risk assessments.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||require improvement|
- The behaviour of pupils requires improvement.
- Pupils in Key Stage 1 work hard during lessons. In Key Stage 2, this varies from class to class. Some
pupils in Key Stage 2 have not developed the habits of a good learner, losing interest if work is
challenging or they have to listen to adults’ explanations for any length of time. In particular, some boys
are reluctant to write at any length.
- Most pupils take pride in their English and mathematics work. They present their work neatly and respond
thoughtfully to teachers’ marking. However, this is not the case in pupils ‘Discovery’ work books, where
work is often poorly presented.
- All staff and pupils are aware of the school’s behaviour policy, rewards and sanctions are well known and
- Pupils behave well around the school. They are courteous and polite, showing respect to one another, the
environment and equipment. Inspectors saw pupils behave impeccably, coming in after play.
- Pupils readily contribute to the smooth running of the school, serving as anti-bullying ambassadors, house
captains, and on the school council.
- Pupils told inspectors that all social times are enjoyable, but that playtimes are better than lunchtime. The
school’s records show that a relatively high level of lunchtime incidents has recently reduced significantly,
linked to staff training and the availability of the emotional learning support assistant to help pupils resolve
any problems. Lunchtime staff value the way senior leaders closely oversee their work.
- Some parents who inspectors met were positive about behaviour in the school and the communication
they receive. Others expressed concerns that incidents are not always dealt with effectively, and parents
are not well enough informed. Inspectors found leaders make full records, include the views of all parties
when resolving conflicts, but need to ensure all parents feel well informed of the outcome.
- Pupils’ attendance and punctuality have improved to national levels. However, the attendance of pupils
supported by the pupil premium is lower than for others in the school, and not improving rapidly enough.
- The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure requires improvement.
- The premises are safe and secure, and regularly checked by leaders and premises staff. Risk assessments
are undertaken as required. However, governors do not routinely receive reports about this.
- Pupils understand that bullying is wrong and that it can take many forms. They told inspectors they do not
experience bullying, but they know they should tell an adult straight away if necessary, and they are sure
firm action would be taken. Pupils are clear about the need to stay safe on-line and how to achieve this.
|The quality of teaching||requires improvement|
- While teaching has improved since the last inspection, inconsistencies remain. As a result, pupils’
achievement varies between year groups and classes, especially in Key Stage 2.
- In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught systematically key skills for reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils
read regularly to adults in school and at home, and respond well to teachers’ high expectations for their
handwriting and spelling, including phonics (the sounds letters make). Teachers devise writing activities
which motivate and interest the class. In Year 2, inspectors saw pupils enthusiastically using dictating
machines to prepare sentences for letters of complaint.
- Sometimes in Key Stage 1, teachers organise over-complicated lessons where too much of their time is
taken up in managing the learning, or pupils’ concentration is disrupted by having to move on to different
activities too soon.
- In Key Stage 2, all teachers plan carefully to meet the wide ranging needs of their classes, especially in
Years 4, 5 and 6 where some pupils have gaps in their previous learning. In most lessons, pupils are
motivated by confident teaching which equips and challenges them to succeed. However, in cases where
the teacher’s subject knowledge is less secure, teaching proceeds too slowly so some pupils, particularly
boys, lose interest.
- In Year 2 and Year 6, teachers ensure the most able pupils start work at a suitable level before moving
ahead without delay. In Year 6, this includes sophisticated dialogue with adults. In other classes, more
able pupils are not always challenged well enough by the work teachers set.
- Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, and pupils supported by the pupil premium, are
taught well. Highly effective interventions are well organised by the special educational needs coordinator
so pupils are fully included in the life of their class, while receiving the specific support they need from
skilled teaching assistants.
- Teachers provide engaging activities during ‘Discovery’ lessons. Inspectors saw pupils exploring Native
American art, dissecting a flower, drawing in the style of Picasso, and recreating the events of the Great
Fire of London. These activities bring learning to life and enthuse pupils. In Year 6, inspectors heard pupils
freely discussing cubist art, likening this to a collage or an optical illusion. However, throughout the
school, the work pupils record in their ‘Discovery’ exercise books shows a lack of rigour in covering the
different subjects of the National Curriculum, including science and ICT, and in developing their reading,
writing and mathematical skills. Pupils are not sure how to improve their work in ‘Discovery’ lessons as
they receive limited feedback from teachers.
|The achievement of pupils||requires improvement|
- Pupils in Year 6 have made insufficient progress during Key Stage 2. However, focused teaching since
January has significantly accelerated their achievement. As a result, the proportion of pupils on track to
achieve the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics is rising, with an increased proportion of
pupils on track to achieve the higher than expected levels.
- Pupils in Year 3 and Year 5 are making the progress the school expects, and are on track to achieve
national expectations at the end of Key Stage 2. In Year 4, progress is slower, and there are gaps
between pupils’ current achievement and expectations for their age.
- Pupils in Key Stage 1 make good progress from their starting points. The school’s information and work
seen in pupils’ books indicate that more are on track to achieve at least the expected levels in the Year 2
assessments for reading, writing and mathematics than was the case last year.
- The proportion of Year 1 pupils at the school who achieve the expected score in the national phonic
screening activity has risen consistently in the last two years. Pupils’ current assessments indicate that this
figure will be well ahead of the national average in 2015.
- Typically, pupils’ achievement in the school is strongest in reading and mathematics and weakest in
writing, with boys’ achievement in writing being a concern rightly identified by the school.
- In 2014, significant gaps were recorded between the attainment of pupils in Year 6 supported by the pupil
premium and others. Compared with other pupils nationally, these pupils were more than five terms
behind in writing, more than four terms behind in mathematics, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and
almost four terms behind in reading. Compared with other pupils at the school, the attainment of Year 6
pupils supported by the pupil premium trailed by more than four terms in grammar, spelling and
punctuation, more than three terms in writing and mathematics, and more than two terms in reading. The
school’s information shows that in Year 6, this year, these gaps are likely to reduce significantly.
Throughout the school, the gap between the achievement of pupils supported by the pupil premium and
others is closing steadily, and in some cases these pupils have moved ahead of their peers.
- Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress as a result of the well-
targeted support they receive, especially in spelling and reading.
- The achievement of the most able pupils is improving consistently in Key Stage 1, but varies in Key Stage
2. Bearing in mind pupils’ starting points when they enter the school, the proportion of pupils attaining at
levels above those expected for their age when they leave is too low.
|The early years provision||is good|
- Overall, children enter Reception with levels of learning which are typical for their age, although wide-
ranging. Almost half the children who joined in 2014 were well prepared to achieve a good level of
development, whilst others required significant additional support, for example with their speech and
- Highly effective leadership of the early years has resulted in rapid improvement, year on year, in the
proportion of children achieving a good level of development. As a result, the proportion of current
Reception children on track to achieve this standard is well ahead of the national average for 2014. This
means that children achieve well and are very well prepared for the opportunities of Year 1 and beyond.
- Provision inside and out of doors is well planned and purposeful. When adults lead activities they develop
the children’s learning very well, through extended talk and active play. When children learn apart from
the adults, the quality of the opportunities provided motivates children to stay and persist until they have
achieved what they set out to do.
- Whether led by adults or on their own initiative, children learn and play well together, showing respect to
others and the environment, and good behaviour. Adults care well for the children, keeping them safe at
- Basic skills for reading and writing (including phonics) and mathematics are taught well, and reinforced
through meaningful activities which engage both boys and girls. Nevertheless, boys’ writing develops less
well than girls’, and a lower proportion of children supported by the pupil premium achieve a good level of
- Staff track closely the achievement of each child, planning and adapting activities to meet the precise
needs and interests of individuals. However, some opportunities are missed by staff to check the progress
of different groups of children closely, so as to tackle common issues.
- Parents are rightly confident that their children get off to a great start. Clear communication and an open
approach mean that parents are well equipped to support their child’s learning at home.
What inspection judgements mean
|Grade 1||Outstanding||An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes that |
provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures that pupils
are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or
|Grade 2||Good||A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all |
its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
|Grade 3||Requires |
|A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it is not |
inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within 24 months
from the date of this inspection.
|Grade 4||Inadequate||A school that requires special measures is one where the school is failing |
to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the school’s
leaders, managers or governors have not demonstrated that they have
the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school. This
school will receive regular monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and requires
significant improvement but leadership and management are judged to
be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular monitoring by
|Unique reference number||118200|
|Local authority||Isle of Wight|
his inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Primary|
|School category||Voluntary aided|
|Age range of pupils||5−11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||365|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Interim Headteacher||Maxine Gray|
|Date of previous school inspection||24−25 April 2013|
|Telephone number||01983 522826|
|Fax number||01983 528016|