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Trannack Community Primary School

Trannack Community Primary School

phone: 01326 572100

headteacher: Mrs Cherry Hawker Ba Ed Honours

reveal email: secr…


school holidays: via Cornwall council

68 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
84 pupils capacity: 81% full

40 boys 59%


25 girls 37%


Last updated: July 21, 2014

Primary — Foundation School

Education phase
Establishment type
Foundation School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 166132, Northing: 30322
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 50.127, Longitude: -5.2734
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 5, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › St. Ives › Breage, Germoe and Sithney
Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling - less sparse
Free school meals %
Trust school
Is supported by a Trust
The Helston and Lizard Peninsula Trust

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Schools nearby

  1. 1 mile Wendron CofE Primary School TR130PX (112 pupils)
  2. 1.4 mile Helston Community College TR138NR (1562 pupils)
  3. 1.6 mile Sithney Community Primary School TR130AE (70 pupils)
  4. 1.6 mile Parc Eglos School TR138UP (417 pupils)
  5. 1.9 mile Boskenwyn Community Primary School TR130NG (32 pupils)
  6. 1.9 mile St Michael's Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School TR138AR
  7. 1.9 mile St Michael's Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School TR138AR (360 pupils)
  8. 2.2 miles Nansloe Community Primary School TR138JF
  9. 2.2 miles Nansloe Academy TR138JF (209 pupils)
  10. 3 miles Porthleven School TR139BX (265 pupils)
  11. 3 miles Breage Church of England School TR139PZ (53 pupils)
  12. 3 miles Porthleven Junior School TR139BX
  13. 3 miles Porthleven Infant School TR139BX
  14. 3.4 miles Godolphin Primary School TR139RB (87 pupils)
  15. 3.4 miles Halwin School TR130EG (73 pupils)
  16. 3.5 miles Crowan Primary School TR140LG (83 pupils)
  17. 4.2 miles Constantine Primary School TR115AG (148 pupils)
  18. 4.3 miles Leedstown Community Primary School TR276AA (70 pupils)
  19. 4.4 miles Nine Maidens Community Primary School TR166ND
  20. 4.4 miles Nine Maidens Short Stay School TR166ND
  21. 4.4 miles Nine Maidens Short Stay School TR166ND (27 pupils)
  22. 4.6 miles Garras Community Primary School TR126AY (36 pupils)
  23. 4.7 miles Troon Community Primary School TR149ED (144 pupils)
  24. 4.7 miles Troon Community Primary School TR149ED

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17 October 2014
Emma Stritt
Trannack Primary School
TR13 0DQ
Dear Mrs Stritt

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Trannack Primary

Following my visit to your school on Friday 17 October, I write on behalf of Her
Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the
inspection 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 June 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:

sharpen the school development plan by inserting termly milestones that

clearly indicate the steps to becoming a good school. The plan should
also; articulate the urgency and expectations precisely to staff, and
include external evaluations conducted on behalf of the governing body

ensure that monitoring activities focus precisely on improvements to

pupils’ achievements

make arrangements for senior leaders and governors attend an Ofsted

seminar, Getting to Good.

Kings Orchard
One Queen Street
T 0300 123 1231
Text Phone: 0161 6188524
reveal email: enqu…
Direct T 0117 311 5323
Email: reveal email: suzy…


During the inspection, meetings were held with the headteacher, other senior
leaders, eight pupils from Years 4-6 and six members of the Governing Body. A
telephone call was held with a representative of the local authority to discuss the
action taken since the last inspection. A range of documents were evaluated
including, the school improvement plan, minutes of governing body meetings, visit
notes from local authority monitoring, the outcome of an external review of
governance, pupils’ work and the school’s monitoring records.


There have been no significant changes since the last full inspection in June 2014.

Main findings

Senior leaders responded quickly to the findings of the last full inspection by
conducting an open meeting for all staff, governors and parents. This enabled the
school community to immediately overcome any disappointment and move forward

collectively in tackling the areas of development identified in the report.

The headteacher has taken a number of actions which, together, are raising the
expectation and aspirations for all. Visits to a local outstanding school have resulted
in new systems for the marking of pupils’ work. Staff and most pupils report that this
new approach is more helpful at identifying what pupils have done well and what
they need to do next to improve. A new scheme of work for personal social health
and education (PSHE) is helping to reinforce pupils’ higher expectation when helping
and working with each other. Pupils recognise that behaviour has improved because

‘teachers are nice, but now stricter’. The quality of teachers’ planning has also

improved. By identifying individual pupils in daily planning, activities are now being
more closely matched to their needs. Dedicated lessons which focus on pupils’
problem solving skills in mathematics are supplementing the daily mathematics
lessons well. Pupils enjoy these additional sessions and the challenge of applying
their knowledge of formal calculations in a variety of difference formats and

The introduction of termly meetings to check on pupils’ progress is enabling school

leaders to hold class teachers to account more closely. Currently, senior leaders
analyse pupil performance data and evaluate the impact of any additional support
pupils receive. Any underachievement is therefore quickly identified. All teachers
provide evidence of their performance against the teacher’s standards and their
personal targets. The headteacher is aware that teachers now need to take even
more ownership of analysing the performance of pupils in their class in order to
accurately judge their overall performance.
The school development plan accurately aligns to the areas for development
identified in the last full inspection report. It clearly specifies proposed actions to

bring about the necessary improvements to teaching and pupils’ achievement. The

headteacher has combined the plan with a detailed cycle of activities to check on the
success of changes to planning, the curriculum and teaching. However, the plan
requires interim milestones that so that governors and the local authority can
accurately check what impact these actions are having on improving pupils’
The governing body responded quickly to the inspection by conducting an external
review of its effectiveness. They have used the detailed findings to devise an action
plan and cleverly incorporated this into the school development plan. Learning walks
to gather first hand evidence on the work of the school are now well established.
Local authority training to interpret data and ask challenging questions is helping
governors become increasingly effective. Governors recognise that attendance at an
Ofsted seminar, Getting to Good, and the increased use of external evaluations
would enable them to contribute even more strongly to school developments.
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 school is drawing well on support from the local authority. Support brokered
from a local outstanding school is allowing senior leaders to work alongside and
learn from best practice. Training to support the headteacher is being used well to
improve the strategic leadership of the school. Detailed reports from local authority
officers provide a good level of information and guidance from which senior leaders
can draw. The external review of governance has enabled governors to identify their
strengths and weaknesses and target local authority training to improve their overall

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

Children’s Services for Cornwall.

Yours sincerely
Richard Light

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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