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Wath Victoria Primary School

Wath Victoria Primary School
Sandymount Road
South Yorkshire

phone: 01709 760103

headteacher: Mrs Ruth Bessant


school holidays: via Rotherham council

298 pupils aged 3—10y mixed gender
240 pupils capacity: 124% full

155 boys 52%


145 girls 49%


Last updated: June 29, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Close date
Jan. 31, 2015
Reason closed
For Academy
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 444326, Northing: 400723
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.501, Longitude: -1.3332
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Dec. 11, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
Yorkshire and the Humber › Wentworth and Dearne › Wath
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Free school meals %

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5 May 2015

Mr David Silvester
Executive Headteacher
Wath Victoria Primary School
Sandymount Road
South Yorkshire
S63 7AD

Dear Mr Silvester

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Wath Victoria
Primary School, Rotherham

Following my visit to your school on 1 May 2015, 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 third monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in December 2013. 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:

 Ensure that more teaching is at least good by the time of the next


 Improve attendance.


During the inspection, meetings were held with the executive headteacher, other
senior and middle leaders, three representatives of the governing body, and a
representative of the local authority, to discuss the actions taken since the last
inspection. A tour was made of classes with the executive headteacher. Data about
pupils’ progress was scrutinised.

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In January 2015, the headteacher of Wath CofE Primary School became the
executive headteacher. The strategic governance group, composed of the chairs and

vice-chairs of the governing bodies of Wath Victoria and Wath CofE, has agreed to

extend the executive headteacher’s contract to three years. An absent teacher has
resigned. Work on a new school building is due to start in June, to be completed in

Main findings

The executive headteacher’s enthusiasm, expertise and diplomacy have built on the
progress that the school had been making under the headteacher. The learning
environment is more stimulating, with better use of classroom displays to support
learning. Teachers are using clearer and more precise statements about what pupils
are learning which is resulting in more-focused and better-structured lessons. This
approach is also enabling pupils and teachers to assess understanding and skills
more accurately during lessons. A more consistent approach and stronger guidance
are helping to improve the presentation of pupils’ work. Cursive handwriting is an
area for further development.
The executive headteacher has recognised the strengths in teaching and is skilful in
pointing out and showing how it could be better. As a result, teachers are growing in
confidence and are keener to improve their practice. Teachers are focusing more
sharply on the needs of individual pupils and are tackling them more quickly.
The deputy headteacher is leading improvement in mathematics with energy and
determination. Since September, she has developed the use of models and images
to teach calculation more effectively and has devised a new scheme of work to teach
fractions more successfully. Following observation of visiting teachers from China,
the school is using pre-learning activities to prepare less confident pupils’ to learn a
new skill. In addition, the school is taking faster action to tackle any confusions in

the morning’s mathematics lesson by providing extra teaching in the afternoon.

These two strategies are benefiting weaker pupils, including some disadvantaged
pupils. A new software programme, used at school and home, is improving pupils’
success in mental mathematics. As a result of effective professional development,
progress in mathematics is accelerating across the school.
New approaches to reading and writing, adopted in September, have had a positive
impact on pupils’ achievement. Because pupils are learning to apply different
strategies for reading, they are more able to think and talk about the meaning of
text. As a result, progress in reading has increased across the school.
Assessment of pupils’ attainment and progress has beings been checked more
rigorously to ensure its accuracy. School data shows that pupils’ progress is
improving and attainment is rising.
Attendance has improved but remains well below average. Leaders are targeting
more diligently those who are persistently absent. The executive headteacher is
planning to increase the use of parent support advisers to promote good attendance.
The Department for Education sent Wath Victoria a letter to highlight the poor
performance of disadvantaged pupils in 2014 and recommended working with a
more successful school. At the same time, Wath CofE was congratulated for the

good performance of disadvantaged pupils. The executive headteacher plans to

deploy the strategies he has used to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils. In
particular, he is proposing an on-site speech therapist for younger pupils, and a
mental health worker to help children and families overcome events or difficulties
that interfere with learning. Recent data indicates that disadvantaged pupils are
achieving better this year and gaps are narrower across the school.
Governors have worked effectively with the governors at Wath CofE to set up and
manage the school partnership. A joint, long-term plan promises a more secure
future for the school. Governors are agreeing a new leadership and staffing
Ofsted may carry out further monitoring inspections and, where necessary, provide
further support and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

Staff at all levels have responded positively to the direction and optimism of the
executive headteacher. Work with the partner school has improved the professional
development of teaching assistants, teachers and middle leaders. New approaches

to teaching are being successfully adopted and adapted from the partner school.

The valuable professional development provided by the South Yorkshire Maths Hub
is being used effectively to improve the teaching of mathematics and raise pupils’
The local authority brokered an effective local school partnership. Local authority

consultants withdrew as the partner school took on the responsibility for professional

development. The local authority is appropriately providing lighter touch monitoring.

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

Children’s Services for Rotherham.

Yours sincerely
Bernard Campbell

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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