Rockwell Green Church of England Primary School
phone: 01823 662317
headteacher: Mrs Morwenna Dunstan Med (Hons)
163 pupils capacity: 106% full
80 boys 47%
90 girls 52%
Last updated: Sept. 25, 2014
Primary — Voluntary Controlled School
- Education phase
- Religious character
- Church of England
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Controlled School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 312592, Northing: 120457
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 50.977, Longitude: -3.2464
- Accepting pupils
- 5—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- Feb. 20, 2013
- Diocese of Bath and Wells
- Region › Const. › Ward
- South West › Taunton Deane › Wellington Rockwell Green and West
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Free school meals %
- 0.5 miles Court Fields Community School TA218SW
- 0.5 miles Court Fields School TA218SW (699 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Beech Grove Primary School TA218NE (301 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Wellington School TA218NT (800 pupils)
- 1 mile Wellesley Park Primary School TA219AJ
- 1 mile Wellesley Park Primary School TA219AJ (345 pupils)
- 1.1 mile St John's Church of England Primary School TA219EJ (168 pupils)
- 1.4 mile Sampford Arundel Community Primary School TA219QN (43 pupils)
- 1.7 mile Nynehead Church of England Primary School TA210BL
- 1.8 mile Langford Budville Church of England Primary School TA210RD (36 pupils)
- 2.7 miles Willows TA219LQ (12 pupils)
- 2.8 miles Cedar School TA219JN
- 3.1 miles West Buckland Community Primary School TA219LD (83 pupils)
- 3.2 miles Milverton Community Primary School TA41JP (187 pupils)
- 3.4 miles Stawley Primary School TA210HH (50 pupils)
- 3.6 miles Oake and Bradford Community Primary School TA41AZ
- 3.6 miles Oake, Bradford and Nynehead VC Primary TA41AZ (109 pupils)
- 4.1 miles Burlescombe Church of England Primary School EX167JH (50 pupils)
- 4.3 miles Culmstock Primary School EX153JP (114 pupils)
- 4.3 miles Webber's Church of England Primary School TA210PE (76 pupils)
- 4.5 miles Hemyock Primary School EX153RY
- 4.5 miles Hemyock Primary School EX153RY (173 pupils)
- 4.9 miles Cotford St Luke Primary School TA41HZ (297 pupils)
- 5.1 miles Kingsmead Community School TA42NE
Rockwell Green Church of
England Primary School
Brooklands Road, Wellington, TA21 9DJ.
|Inspection dates||20-21 February 2013|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Good||2|
|Achievement of pupils||Good||2|
|Quality of teaching||Good||2|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Good||2|
|Leadership and management||Good||2|
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because
| Pupils achieve well because the supportive |
The teaching of phonics (linking sounds with
The strong links that have been developed
leadership of the headteacher has built a
strong team who work together to help pupils
make good progress.
letters) has helped to improve pupils’ reading
and writing skills. It has also helped some
pupils to be better at problem-solving in
between the pre-school and the school, along
with the positive leadership of the Early Years
Foundation Stage, has helped children to
settle into the school well and make good
| Disabled pupils and those with special |
Teaching is good because all the staff are
The pupils behave well and feel safe in the
educational needs are supported well by giving
them work that is planned at the right level.
The school has also ensured that there are
several trained adults in each class to help
these pupils make good progress.
given opportunities to be trained to develop
their skills. The school also makes sure that
teachers support one another so that there is a
sharing of good teaching skills.
| There are not enough opportunities for pupils |
The marking of mathematics’ work is not as
to work independently and make outstanding
good as it is for writing.
| Staff with responsibilities for subjects do not |
make a full contribution to school improvement
because they are not involved enough in
checking teaching and learning in their
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Information about this inspection
- The inspectors observed teaching in all classes and observed some of the intervention work. In
total they visited 13 lessons and carried out a learning walk. Joint observations were carried out
with the headteacher and deputy headteacher. Some pupils were heard reading. Pupils’ work
was also scrutinised.
- Inspectors had discussions with the Headteacher, senior and middle leaders, teachers, teaching
assistants, representatives of the governing body, pupils, and a representative from the local
- Inspectors looked at a range of documentary evidence, including pupil progress data and
documents relating to safeguarding, monitoring and special educational needs.
- Inspectors took account of the 29 responses to Ofsted’s Parent View on-line survey. They also
took into account the views of parents that they spoke to during the inspection
|Huw Evans, Lead inspector||Additional Inspector|
|Linda Rowley||Additional Inspector|
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Information about this school
- The school is a below average-sized primary school where most pupils are from White British
- The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for whom the
school receives additional income (pupil premium) is above average and has also increased since
the previous inspection.
- The school has an above average proportion of disabled pupils and those with special
educational needs than usual, including pupils supported through school action, school action
plus or with a statement of special educational needs.
- A higher proportion of pupils than in most schools enter or leave the school roll at other than the
- The school meets the government’s floor standards, which sets the minimum expectations for
pupils’ attainment and progress.
- The school does not use any alternative provision (lessons that take place regularly away from
the school site).
- A pre-school facility is part of the school site, run by other providers. It was not part of this
- The school belongs to Wellington Cluster of Schools, a group of local primary schools, a
Children’s Centre and the high school.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Improve the consistency of teaching so that more is outstanding and more pupils make
outstanding progress by:
making sure that pupils have more opportunity to work independently in all lessons
ensure that the marking in mathematics clearly tells pupils how they can improve their work.
- Improve the leadership of teaching and learning by enabling all staff with subject responsibilities
to make a fuller contribution to checking the progress of pupils.
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|The achievement of pupils||is good|
- By the time they leave the school in Years 6, pupils have achieved well, often from low starting
points when they enter the school.
- Children start school in the Early Years Foundation Stage with their skills in language and
communication often well below those usually found. They make good progress during their first
year because the adults working with them help them improve their speaking and listening skills,
but some are still below average at the end of the year.
- The pupils achieve well in their phonics test in Year 1. This is because of the focused support the
pupils receive to develop their communication skills. This success is built on and all pupils
achieved the expected level in reading at the end of Year 6 for the last two years with over half
exceeding this level last year.
- Improvements have been made in how well the children achieve at the end of Year 2 in reading,
writing and mathematics, with last year’s overall results being better than at the previous
inspection, and the best in recent years. This is because teaching is better and the focus on the
teaching of phonics has helped pupils with their reading and writing skills.
- The proportion of pupils making higher rates of progress than average by the end of Year 6 is
above average in both English and mathematics. This is reflected in the pupils’ books and is the
result of the good quality of teaching.
- Pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding achieve as well as others in the
school and are a year ahead of similar children nationally in their reading.
- Pupils who have disabilities and special educational needs progress well because of well-planned
interventions and careful checking of their learning.
- The good progress evident across the school confirms that all pupils are provided with equal
opportunities to learn, and there is no discrimination.
|The quality of teaching||is good|
- Teaching is typically good or better throughout the school. The teaching of phonics has been a
particular strength, and through this structured support pupils are making good progress from
their starting points. Building on this the teaching of reading is good. Teaching encourages
pupils to enjoy reading and be actively engaged in the selecting of books for their classrooms.
The library is used regularly and the pupils have a range of favourite authors. Homework is used
well to support pupils who need extra reading. Parents and pupils are aware of the key areas the
pupils need to work on.
- Teaching is well planned so that different groups have work that is generally well matched to
their needs and interests and as a result they are engaged in their learning. Pupils have more
limited opportunities to work independently individually or in their groups.
- Teachers use questions well in lessons to help them to understand how well the pupils are
learning and also to encourage the pupils to think more deeply. This provides a level of
challenge, which helps the pupils to make good progress. Teaching assistants are used well to
support the pupils in intervention work to achieve well.
- The quality of marking has improved, especially in literacy. Pupils are given useful comments on
how well they are doing and what they can do to improve their work. They are often encouraged
to mark their own work and to comment on their learning. Sometimes they mark each other’s
work using the targets they have been given. The quality of marking is less effective in
mathematics, where written guidance as to how pupils might improve their work is less
frequently given. .
- The teacher and other adults in the Early Years Foundation Stage are skilful at supporting pupils
in improving their speaking and listening skills through planning interesting activities to
encourage the pupils to talk. The adults also act as very good role models by enthusiastically
joining in with activities and encouraging all pupils to fully participate.
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- The teachers are planning more opportunities to develop writing across the curriculum, which is
helping the children to improve their writing and reading skills. It also helps them to see the
purpose for writing. For example, one class were designing vehicles and creating a booklet to
describe what they were doing, another class were writing menus from their World War 2 ration
- Good relationships between adults and pupils help the lessons to run smoothly and enable the
pupils to feel confident about answering questions and having a go in a very positive ethos.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||are good|
- Behaviour throughout the school is typically good and there is a strong caring and supportive
ethos. Pupils are well mannered and are polite. They interact well with adults, and with each
other and they help each other in the classroom and out in the playground.
- In the classroom pupils’ behaviour is generally good. Pupils respond well to the focus on ‘Golden
Time’ and the selection of pupils for ‘Gold’ awards for good behaviour. They feel this helps them
all to behave well.
- Pupils feel safe in school and can explain why. They feel confident that the staff would sort out
any problems. Parents agree with most reporting that they feel their children are safe and well
- Pupils say that bullying is rare and that there is very little name-calling. Boys and girls were seen
playing together well and are both represented in the football team and attend the tag rugby
after school club.
- Pupils are proud of their school and like to help others in the community. They enjoy the regular
visits to the elderly and are actively involved in raising funds for local and national charities.
- Attendance dipped recently due to the seasonal weather and sickness but the children normally
attend regularly. One parent, typical of others, said, ‘My children can’t wait to get to school.’
|The leadership and management||are good|
- Leaders and managers have built up a strong team who all share the vision, which has led to a
caring, supportive school where all pupils achieve well.
- The work of teachers and teaching assistants is checked thoroughly by the school’s leaders and
staff are given a range of opportunities to develop their skills through additional training.
- Senior leaders know their school well and know what needs to be improved. They know for
example, that some of the pupils need support in developing skills in speaking and listening and
have improved the style of teaching to help these pupils achieve better.
- Subject leaders are at various stages of development. Because of this, they make only a limited
contribution to checking the effectiveness of the work in their areas of responsibility.
- Strong leadership in the Early Years Foundation Stage has enhanced the transition between the
preschool and the school. These help children settle in well. The smooth transition extends
through the school.
- Pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding are well supported. The money goes
on extra support that helps them make the same progress as their classmates.
- The school has developed stronger links between subjects to give pupils more to write about.
For example, pupils in Year 2 were carrying out research on guinea pigs to write an information
book for the younger pupils.
- Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well through the personal
education programme. A lesson on stereotypes challenged pupils to think about the roles of boys
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- The school has established very good links with the local churches and church leaders regularly
lead daily worship at school. The books chosen by teachers to share with the class help to
develop an understanding of other cultures.
- Work in partnership with the Wellington Cluster of Schools includes working closely with the
Children’s Centre to developing whole family support of benefit to pupils.
- Parents are given good opportunities to find out more about how their children learn through
events such as a phonics evening. Events for families are very well attended.
- The local authority keep an eye on the school but provide no direct support, reflecting their level
of confidence in the school.
- The governance of the school:
Governors understand the challenges the school faces and the range of needs the pupils in the
school have. They regularly visit the school and link to the areas the school has identified to
improve, which means that they gain information about the school helping them to challenge
the leadership. The governing body oversees the spending of pupil premium money and
receive updates from staff on the progress pupils make. They manage the budget well so that
the school has, for example, been able to employ additional adults to support the
interventions that some of the pupils need for them to achieve well. Through their
understanding of the data provided by the school, they know how the school is doing in
comparison with others. Governors are not complacent and constantly adapt the monitoring
visits to ensure robustness in challenging the school to continue to improve pupils’
achievement. They, along with the headteacher, oversee the performance management of all
staff, understand the quality of teaching and are aware of the links between how well staff
perform and whether they move up the salary scale. The governing body ensures that all
statutory requirements are met regarding safeguarding.
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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 employment.
|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 Ofsted inspectors.
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|Unique reference number||123800|
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Primary|
|School category||Voluntary Controlled|
|Age range of pupils||4-11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||164|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||18 June 2008|
|Telephone number||01823 661246|
|Fax number||01823 661246|
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