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St Nicolas' CofE VA School, Downderry Closed - for academy Nov. 30, 2013

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St Nicolas' CofE VA School, Downderry

phone: 01503 *** ***

headteacher: Mrs L Fear

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school holidays: via Cornwall council

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Church of England
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
Close date
Nov. 30, 2013
Reason closed
For Academy
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 231900, Northing: 53926
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 50.361, Longitude: -4.3647
Accepting pupils
5—11 years old
Ofsted last inspection
Oct. 4, 2012
Diocese of Truro
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › South East Cornwall › Trelawny
Village - less sparse

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Schools nearby

  1. St Nicolas' CofE VA School, Downderry PL113LF (86 pupils)
  2. 3.1 miles St Germans Primary School PL125NJ (113 pupils)
  3. 3.4 miles St German's CofE Primary School PL125LG
  4. 3.6 miles Trenode CofE School PL131QA (72 pupils)
  5. 3.7 miles Looe Primary School PL131JY
  6. 3.7 miles Looe Primary School PL131JY (288 pupils)
  7. 3.8 miles Looe Community School PL131NQ
  8. 3.8 miles Looe Community Academy PL131NQ (544 pupils)
  9. 5 miles Antony Church of England School PL113AD (109 pupils)
  10. 5.5 miles Sir Robert Geffery's Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School PL125EA
  11. 5.5 miles Sir Robert Geffery's Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School PL125EA (221 pupils)
  12. 5.6 miles Trewidland Primary School PL144SJ (26 pupils)
  13. 5.7 miles Menheniot Primary School PL143QY (125 pupils)
  14. 5.8 miles Duloe CofE VA Junior and Infant School PL144PW (72 pupils)
  15. 6.5 miles Millbrook CofE VA Primary School PL101BG
  16. 6.5 miles Millbrook CofE Primary School PL101BG (104 pupils)
  17. 6.6 miles Burraton Community Primary School PL124LT (410 pupils)
  18. 6.6 miles Burraton Community Primary School PL124LT
  19. 6.7 miles Polperro Community Primary School PL132JJ (121 pupils)
  20. 6.8 miles Quethiock CofE VA School PL143SQ
  21. 6.8 miles Quethiock CofE VA School PL143SQ (38 pupils)
  22. 6.9 miles St Stephens (Saltash) Community Primary School PL124AQ (285 pupils)
  23. 7 miles Carbeile Junior School PL112NH (311 pupils)
  24. 7 miles community school PL124AY

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18 December 2012
Mr L Rounce
St Nicolas' CofE VA School


PL11 3LF
Dear Mr Rounce

Requires improvement monitoring inspection visit under section 8 of the
Education act 2005 to St Nicolas' CofE VA School, Downderry

Following my visit to your school on 18 December 2012, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report on the

findings of my visit. 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 October 2012. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.


During the visit, meetings were held with the headteacher, members of the
governing body and a representative of the local authority. A range of
documentation was reviewed including the school’s most recent assessment
information and the outcomes of monitoring activities. The school improvement plan
was evaluated.


There have been no significant changes in staffing since the recent inspection. The
governing body have decided to change the status of the school to become a
sponsored academy.

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Main findings

The headteacher and staff have reviewed how writing is taught and now check the

quality of pupils’ work in books more frequently. As a result, there are encouraging

signs that standards in writing are beginning to rise. Pupils have clear targets to
improve their writing, but the steps are too broad to promote rapid progress. The

school’s monitoring records show that the quality of teaching is beginning to improve

as a result of the support provided. The headteacher has met with each teacher to
agree objectives to improve their performance and set challenging targets so that
underachieving pupils catch up.
Staff and governors have been actively involved in amending the School
Improvement Plan. The priorities for improvement reflect the key issues arising from
the recent inspection. The actions are suitably focused on tackling the school’s
weaknesses and there are clear criteria for evaluating the difference that the actions
make. Monitoring arrangements are in place, but the role of the governing body is
unclear. The plan lacks interim milestones to show the progressive improvements
that are required in pupils’ attainment and progress in each year group.
The governing body has changed the way it records meetings so that members’
questions are evidenced more clearly. The headteacher’s report to the governing
body comments routinely on the progress that has been made in resolving each key
issue. Governors’ visits are becoming more rigorous because governors are guided
more clearly. Some governors have improved their knowledge and understanding
through training, but the governing body has not reviewed its effectiveness.
Consequently, members are unclear how they propose to develop governance
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. Following the visit to the
school, HMI recommend that further action is taken to:

commission an external review of the governing body to identify what further

support and training governors need

fine-tune the School Improvement Plan to state clearly how governors will

check the school’s progress on each key issue

refine pupils’ writing targets and set interim milestones for the required

improvements in pupils’ attainment and progress.

Ofsted will continue to monitor the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The school has drawn effectively on the assistance of the local authority. The plan of
support that was implemented before the last inspection has continued, and will be
reviewed in January. The local authority has directed staff to visit other schools in
the area to improve teaching and strengthen leadership.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s
Services for Cornwall and the Director of Education for the Truro Diocese.

Yours sincerely
Ian Hancock

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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