phone: 01726 850503
head teacher: Mr Alan Craig
210 pupils capacity: 125% full
140 boys 53%
120 girls 46%
Last updated: June 24, 2014
Primary — Academy Sponsor Led
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Academy Sponsor Led
- Establishment #
- Open date
- Sept. 1, 2011
- Reason open
- New Provision
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 201722, Northing: 57016
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 50.38, Longitude: -4.7901
- Accepting pupils
- 4—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- May 8, 2013
- Region › Const. › Ward
- South West › St. Austell and Newquay › Bugle
- Village - less sparse
- Free school meals %
- Trust school
- Is supported by a Trust
- Learning provider ref #
- Treverbyn Community Primary School PL268TL
- 1.2 mile Bugle School PL268PD (184 pupils)
- 1.4 mile Treverbyn Primary (TEC) PL268XR
- 2.1 miles Carclaze Community Infant School PL253AG
- 2.1 miles Carclaze Community Primary School PL253TF (409 pupils)
- 2.2 miles Carclaze Community Junior School PL253TF
- 2.2 miles Luxulyan School PL305EE (80 pupils)
- 2.3 miles Cornwall College PL254DJ
- 2.5 miles Poltair School PL254BZ (738 pupils)
- 2.5 miles St Austell Sixth Form College PL254BZ
- 2.6 miles Bishop Bronescombe CofE VA School PL253DT
- 2.6 miles St Austell College PL254BU
- 2.6 miles Bishop Bronescombe CofE School PL253DT (362 pupils)
- 2.7 miles Roche Community Primary School PL268EP (202 pupils)
- 2.7 miles Sandy Hill Community Primary School PL253AT
- 2.7 miles Mid Cornwall College PL254BW
- 2.7 miles Sandy Hill Academy PL253AT (317 pupils)
- 2.8 miles Restormel PRU PL254AJ
- 2.8 miles Restormel PRU PL254AJ (11 pupils)
- 2.9 miles Whitemoor Community Primary School PL267XQ
- 2.9 miles Whitemoor Academy PL267XQ (96 pupils)
- 3 miles Mount Charles School PL254PP (428 pupils)
- 3 miles St Austell Infant School PL255BW
- 3.1 miles Penrice Community College PL253NR
Stenalees, St Austell, PL26 8TL
|Inspection dates||7–8 May 2015|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Requires improvement||3|
|Previous inspection:||Requires improvement||3|
|Leadership and management||Requires improvement||3|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Good||2|
|Quality of teaching||Requires improvement||3|
|Achievement of pupils||Requires improvement||3|
|Early years provision||Requires improvement||3|
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
| Pupils’ achievement over time has not been good, |
Pupils’ attainment in grammar, punctuation and
Pupils do not always show sufficient pride in their
On occasions, teachers do not set work at the
as progress rates have not been fast enough. Until
this year, attainment has been below average in
both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
spelling is not yet high enough to enable pupils to
become fluent writers.
work. Teachers do not always insist on the highest
standards of presentation and handwriting.
right level, or plan to extend pupils’ thinking
effectively, especially in mathematics. As a
consequence, the work is sometimes too easy or
too difficult for the different groups of pupils.
| Until recently, too few children in Reception |
Senior leaders’ checks on the impact of teaching on
Middle leaders, some relatively new to their roles,
In the past, governors have not gathered their own
reached good enough levels of development. As a
result, they were not all ready for Year 1 on leaving
the early years.
pupils’ achievement are not focused sharply enough
on how well different groups of pupils learn. They
do not identify weaknesses and ensure that they
are fully resolved.
have had insufficient time to help colleagues to
improve their practice and to evaluate the impact of
information to provide evidence to challenge school
leaders about why teaching and pupils’ achievement
are not better. Consequently, their ability to hold
leaders to account has been limited.
| The interim Principal, and the new senior |
Teachers plan motivating activities across subjects
leadership team, have already introduced some
effective improvements to teaching, behaviour
and rates of pupils’ progress. They have set high
expectations of what pupils can achieve.
that capture pupils’ interests. These help to
promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural
| Pupils’ behaviour is good. The effective |
relationships between adults and pupils create an
environment where pupils feel safe and eager to
Information about this inspection
- The inspectors observed teaching and learning across the school, some in conjunction with the head of
teaching and learning. In addition, they made visits to classrooms, the dining hall, the breakfast club and
- Meetings were held with pupils, members of the governing body and school leaders. The lead inspector
also met with a representative of the ASPIRE academy trust.
- Inspectors took account of the 46 responses to the on-line parental questionnaire (Parent View) and
written correspondence, as well as consulting informally with parents at the start of the school day. They
also took account of the 22 responses to the Ofsted staff questionnaire.
- Inspectors observed the school’s work and looked at a range of documents, including the school’s
improvement plans. They examined information on current pupils’ progress, minutes of the governing
body meetings, safeguarding procedures and the plans for the use of additional sport funding.
- Inspectors heard pupils read, talked to them in classrooms and evaluated samples of their work.
|Sandra Woodman, Lead inspector||Additional Inspector|
|Alison Nettleship||Additional Inspector|
Information about this school
- This academy is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are organised in seven classes, all
of which are single-age groups.
- The academy is sponsored by Sandy Hill Academy which is a member of the ASPIRE Academy Trust.
- The interim leaders took up post in February 2015, following the resignation of the previous Principal.
- The very large majority of pupils are White British.
- All the children in the early years (Reception class) attend full time.
- The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above average. This is additional government
funding provided to give extra support to those pupils who are eligible for free school meals or children
who are looked after by the local authority. Currently, there are very few children on roll who are looked
after by the local authority.
- The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below average.
- The academy provides care for pupils through the breakfast club. It also runs a private nursery for
children from birth to four years old. The nursery did not form part of this inspection.
- The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for
pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Year 6.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Strengthen teaching so that all groups of pupils make good progress by ensuring that teachers:
set work that is suitably challenging for all pupils
plan activities that deepen pupils’ thinking and understanding, especially in mathematics
insist on high standards of presentation and handwriting in all subjects.
- Raise pupils’ attainment in writing by:
ensuring that children in the early years learn to form letters correctly
making sure that teachers develop systematically the basic skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling
enabling pupils to extend their skills by writing at length across subjects.
- Increase the effectiveness of leadership and management by ensuring that:
all leaders evaluate precisely the impact of teaching on pupils’ achievement to enable them to identify
weaknesses and address them promptly
the skills and expertise of middle and subject leaders are further developed to increase their impact on
the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement
governors acquire the skills and confidence to enable them to check systematically the work of the
school for themselves, so that they are better able to hold leaders to account.
An external review of governance should be undertaken to assess how this aspect of leadership and
management may be improved.
|The leadership and management||require improvement|
- Leadership and management require improvement because, until recently, leaders have not secured
enough effective teaching to ensure that all pupils make consistently good progress.
- Since the previous inspection, there have been considerable changes to the leadership and staffing of the
academy. These have slowed progress for a time. Following the appointment of the interim Principal and a
new leadership team, the pace of improvement has increased.
- Senior leaders have eradicated the weakest teaching and have provided training and support to improve
the teaching still further. However, as yet, they do not check rigorously enough on the impact of teaching
by looking at the progress of different groups of pupils in lessons and in their books. As a result, they do
not always identify any weaknesses in practice and resolve them quickly.
- Middle and subject leaders, some relatively new to their roles such as in the early years, have been
trained appropriately and know what needs to improve in their areas of responsibility. So far they have
had insufficient time to evaluate the impact of their work to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement.
- The arrival of the effective new senior leaders has seen a transformation in the confidence of staff, pupils
and their parents. Without wasting any time, they have created a culture where effective teaching and
good behaviour are the norm. They have established a well-targeted programme for improvement which
is being implemented systematically.
- Teachers’ targets for improvement are suitably challenging. Teachers are aware that their pay increases
are based on good performance.
- The leadership of special educational needs has become more effective with the precise targeting of
support which is helping to raise progress rates for disabled pupils and those with special educational
- Equality of opportunity is promoted across the academy. Leaders promote good relationships and tackle
discrimination effectively. There have been very few incidents of harassment since the previous inspection.
The support provided for disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is well thought out, so
that, increasingly, their differing needs are met. This has resulted in these pupils achieving as well as
others in school.
- Pupils’ learning across subjects is varied and interesting, such as the recent visit to the Cornwall
showground to learn farming skills and country crafts, and the ‘general election’ held to teach pupils about
democracy. These contribute well to the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills,
helping to prepare pupils effectively for life in modern Britain.
- Leaders have worked hard to maintain the confidence of parents during a period of great turbulence. Most
parents are very supportive of the school and appreciate what the new leadership team is trying to
- Plans for the use of the additional primary school sport funding show that a greater proportion of pupils
have taken part in competitions and after-school sports clubs such as basket-ball, tag rugby and athletics.
- Safeguarding arrangements are effective. There are well-managed procedures in place to ensure that
statutory requirements are met. Staff training in child protection is up to date.
- Timely and effective support from the academy trust has helped to secure effective leadership for the
school. This support has been particularly valuable to governors and senior leaders in managing the
performance of staff.
- The governance of the school:
Governors have strongly supported the developments made by the interim Principal and new leadership
team, which have led to improvements in teaching and achievement. They are now more involved in
evaluating the work of the school alongside senior leaders.
Until recently, they were not given an accurate view of the quality of teaching or of pupils’ achievement
compared to national standards. Governors asked challenging questions about why teaching and
achievement were not better. However, they did not check the work of the school systematically for
themselves and so their ability to hold leaders to account for the school’s performance was limited.
Governors have a good understanding of how performance management is used to tackle
underperformance and improve teaching, and how this links to pay progression.
Governors ensure that school finances are well directed to support developments in teaching and
learning. They know about the difference the pupil premium is making to the attainment of
disadvantaged pupils. They are aware that the sport funding has been used to introduce more
competitions and sports for pupils.
Governors make sure that their policies and guidance for safeguarding are followed rigorously. Also,
that their own training, and that of staff, meets current requirements.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||are good|
- The behaviour of pupils is good. They behave well in lessons and around the school. Typically, they are
very well mannered and friendly.
- Pupils usually concentrate well and try hard with their tasks. They respond quickly to teachers’ instructions
so that generally the learning flows without interruption. These positive attitudes are contributing to the
better progress now being made.
- Behaviour is not yet outstanding as sometimes a few pupils lose focus when tasks are not set at the
correct level for their ability, and their progress slows. Some pupils could take more pride in the
presentation of their work.
- Teachers manage behaviour consistently well and pupils are clear about the systems to promote good
behaviour. The academy’s records show that the number of incidents of poor behaviour has reduced
significantly this year. The small number of pupils with poor behaviour is supported well and this has
eliminated the need for exclusion.
- Pupils enjoy taking on additional responsibilities. School councillors delight in their role as decision makers
and wear their badges and ‘blazers of office’ with great pride.
- Attendance is in line with the national average. Senior leaders have taken effective steps to reduce any
- The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Pupils say that they feel very safe in school
because the adults look after them well. All staff and most parents who completed the on-line
- Pupils are clear about what constitutes bullying and the forms this can take, but are clear that it rarely
happens here. Any minor problem is sorted out quickly and effectively by the adults.
- Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe from harm, for example, on the
internet. The academy has provided effective training for them in e-safety, road and water safety, so that
pupils know how to stay safe both in and out of school.
|The quality of teaching||requires improvement|
- Teaching requires improvement because, over time, there has not been enough consistently good
teaching to ensure that all groups of pupils achieve well. Whilst current teaching shows improvement, and
teachers have higher expectations of what pupils can achieve, some inconsistencies remain.
- On occasions, teachers do not set work with the right level of challenge for all groups of pupils.
Sometimes, pupils complete the work too easily, while some others find it too difficult. This slows the pace
of learning. For example, in one exercise, pupils in a middle ability group had to wait for each other to
estimate the capacity of each container before being allowed to test out their ideas. The learning of the
quicker learners was delayed while waiting for others to catch up, which slowed their progress.
- Teachers do not always teach the basic skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling comprehensively
enough to enable all pupils to become fluent writers. They do not encourage all pupils to take sufficient
pride in their work and develop good handwriting skills. The opportunities for pupils to write at length
across subjects, to practise and extend their skills, are limited.
- In mathematics, there are too few challenging investigation tasks that require all pupils to extend their
thinking and make connections in their learning about numbers to other areas, such as geometry. This
limits the depth of their understanding of mathematical concepts.
- Reading skills are taught effectively and teachers encourage pupils to read widely and frequently. They
develop pupils’ comprehension skills systematically through well-focused small-group activities.
- Teachers plan activities that increasingly hold pupils’ interest and motivate pupils to try hard in their
learning. For example, in one class, pupils were enthusiastically planning the ‘letters’ they would write to
their ‘owner’ as if they were coloured crayons, to put across their views. They enjoyed this challenge and
were motivated to persevere with their task and achieve well.
- Teachers assess pupils’ achievement regularly and their marking is extremely thorough, in line with the
school’s policy. Pupils respond enthusiastically to the guidance offered, which is leading to faster progress.
Teachers question astutely, check the learning in lessons and re-shape their explanations to address any
- In the past year, teachers and teaching assistants have worked together effectively to ensure that
disabled pupils and those with special education needs receive the precise help that they need to be
successful. Consequently, these pupils are making better progress through small-group activities and
through individual support.
- The academy provides well-targeted academic support for disadvantaged pupils through extra individual
teaching and their progress is currently good. There is a carefully tailored programme of help to ensure
that the emotional needs of these pupils are met to enable them to become confident learners.
- Teachers are keen to improve their effectiveness and have benefited from working this year with their
colleagues from other academies within the trust. This work has helped to develop their practice in areas
such as assessment, which is more frequent and accurate as a result.
|The achievement of pupils||requires improvement|
- Pupils’ achievement requires improvement because, over time, not all groups of pupils have made enough
progress to ensure that they attain well. Whilst there is still some unevenness between classes, better
progress rates are leading to higher standards of attainment both in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
- Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has been below average in both key stages. The school’s
own information, confirmed by inspection evidence, shows that current attainment is much improved.
Standards in each subject are now in line with national averages and, currently, the majority of pupils are
- When writing, pupils do not always demonstrate good basic skills in grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Not all pupils take sufficient pride in their work and the quality of their handwriting is variable. They do
not extend their skills fully by writing for longer periods across subjects.
- Achievement in mathematics shows improvement and pupils demonstrate competency in their calculation
work. However, their thinking is sometimes limited by a lack of challenging investigation tasks that
encourage all pupils to apply their number skills across other aspects of mathematics, such as geometry
- In the past, disadvantaged pupils have made similar progress to other pupils nationally, in writing and
mathematics, but less in reading. In 2014, their attainment, in Year 6, was a term behind others in school
in reading and broadly similar in writing and mathematics. However, they were over a year behind other
pupils nationally in each subject. Currently, these pupils are making good progress and there are no gaps
between their attainment and that of others in school in any subject.
- Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are making better progress now due to the
carefully planned help that they receive. Their work is suitably challenging and matched well to their
needs, with higher expectations of what they can achieve.
- In the past, the most-able pupils did not reach the standards of which they were capable as they were not
challenged sufficiently by their work. Too few reached the higher National curriculum levels of attainment
in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in each subject. However, the most able are currently being stretched
effectively and their progress is good. For example, the most-able pupils in Year 6 were challenged to use
their knowledge of percentages to work out the average attendance for their class that week. This activity
enabled them to apply their calculation skills effectively and extend their thinking to the full.
- In 2014, Year 1 pupils reached the national standards in the Year 1 phonics (the sounds that letters
represent) screening check. This reflects the stronger emphasis on the teaching of early reading skills and
pupils soon become confident readers. Pupils enjoy reading across a wide range of literature and their
comprehension skills are being developed systematically in small-group work.
|The early years provision||requires improvement|
- Achievement in the early years requires improvement because, until recently, during their time in the
Reception Year, children did not make consistently good progress from their various starting points. The
proportions of children reaching the early learning goals have been below average in all areas of learning.
As a result, children were not well prepared for Year 1, particularly in writing and mathematics.
- The leadership and management of the early years require improvement because, in the past, systems for
checking whether all children are making enough progress in each area of learning have not been rigorous
enough. Recently, leaders have addressed this issue and the systems are now more effective.
- Teaching also requires improvement. Previously, information about children’s learning has not been used
precisely enough to identify gaps in their knowledge and skills. Adults have not planned activities to
enable children to catch up and reach the levels typical for their age by the end of the Reception Year.
- The newly introduced system for checking children’s progress enables adults to gain a clearer view of
children’s achievement. Increasingly, they adjust the activities to improve children’s learning so that, this
year, the majority of children are on track to achieve a good level of development in most areas.
- Improvements to the way adults teach early reading skills are ensuring children learn to read effectively.
There are good links to writing words and simple sentences. However, the way children form their letters
is not always accurate and adults do not routinely address these errors.
- The activities provided for teaching numbers is much improved and resources are bright and attractive.
Occasionally, these lack challenge for some children and do not extend their thinking fully. For example,
one boy was very confident doubling the spots on the ‘ladybird’s back’ up to 10, and could have handled a
more difficult task.
- Children behave well and enjoy their learning. Positive relationships encourage them to get on well
together, to become confident in asking for help, and to join in with the organised activities. Good
attention is paid to children’s welfare and the children are kept very safe.
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||137076|
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Primary|
|School category||Academy sponsor-led|
|Age range of pupils||4−11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||206|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||8–9 May 2013|
|Telephone number||01726 850503|
|Fax number||01726 850503|