Plymouth Grove Primary School: Ofsted 2011

 

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The most recent Ofsted report from November 2011

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plymouth grove primary school inspection report unique reference number local authority inspect ion number inspect ion dates report ing inspector 105443 manchester 377244 16­17 november 2011 melvyn hemmings this inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the education act 2005 type of school school category age range of pupils gender of pupils nu mber of pupils on the school roll appropriate author ity chair headteacher date of prev ious school inspection school address primary community 3­11 mixed 419 the governing body dan leaver michael cooke 04 march 2009 plymouth grove west chorlton-on-medlock manchester m13 0aq 0161 2731453 0161 2743126 head@plymouthgrove.manchester.sch.uk telephone number fax number email address age group inspection dates inspection number 3­11 16­17 november 2011 377244

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 2 of 14 he office for standards in education children s services and skills ofsted regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people and in education an d skills for learners of all ages it regulates and inspects childcare and children s social care and inspects the children and family court advisor y support service cafcass schools colleges initial teacher training wor k-based learning and skills training adult and community learning and education and training in prisons and other secure establishments it rates council children s ser vices and inspects services for looked after children safeguarding and child protection further copies of this repor t are obtainable from the school under the education act 2005 the school must provide a copy of this report free of charge to certain categories of people a charge not exceeding the full cost of reproduction may be made for any other copies supplied if you would like a copy of this document in a different format such as large print or braille please telephone 0300 123 4234 or email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk you may copy all or parts of this document for non-commercial purposes as long as you give details of the source and date of publication and do not alter the information in any way to receive regular email aler ts about new publications including survey repor ts and school inspection reports please visit our website and go to subscribe piccadilly gate store street manchester m1 2wd t 0300 123 4234 textphone 0161 618 8524 enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk www.ofsted.gov.uk © crown copyright 2011

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 3 of 14 introduction this inspection was carried out by four additional inspectors who observed 19 lessons or parts of lessons taught by 15 teachers the inspectors held discussions with members of the governing body staff and groups of pupils they observed the school s work and looked at school documentation particularly relating to safeguarding records of meetings of the governing body assessment information and curriculum planning work in pupils books and displays around the school were examined questionnaires from staff pupils and from 118 parents and carers were scrutinised the inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school s work it looked in detail at a number of key areas how effectively the school is working to raise attainment in writing and mathematics the way the school manages the high number of pupils who join during the year how successfully leaders are seeking to improve attendance the extent that the governing body and subject leaders are involved in promoting school improvement information about the school plymouth grove is much larger than the average primary school the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above average as is that of pupils from minority ethnic groups the proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average a high number of pupils join the school at times other than at the start of the school year many of these are at an early stage of learning to speak english the school holds a number of awards including the activemark and the leading parent partnership award and has healthy school status.

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 4 of 14 inspect ion grades 1 is outstanding 2 is good 3 is sat isfactory and 4 is inadequate please tur n to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms inspection judgements overall effectiveness how good is the school the school s capacity for sustained improvement main findings plymouth grove is a good school the inspirational leadership of the headteacher has been central to the school s good improvement since the last inspection ably supported by the deputy headteacher he has overseen initiatives that have raised standards accelerated pupils progress and improved the quality of teaching and leadership and management self-evaluation is accurate and gives leaders a clear view of the school s strengths and what needs to be done to improve further the governing body is supportive of staff and pupils but not all members of the governing body are fully involved in evaluating the school s performance and in promoting its future development leadership of english mathematics and information and communication technology ict is good leaders of other subjects are not as skilled in evaluating learning and taking action to bring about improvement engagement with parents and carers has been strengthened which is seen in the gaining of the leading parent partnership award this has led to a significant improvement in pupils attendance and impacted positively on their learning the track record of leaders in making and sustaining improvements in recent years shows that the capacity for taking the school forward is good although attainment by the end of year 6 in english and mathematics has been low in recent years it has been rising and drawing closer to the national average improvements in writing mean pupils now use correctly structured sentences to convey their ideas their mathematical calculation and quick mental recall skills are now secure as a result last year the proportion of year 6 pupils attaining the expected levels for their age in english and mathematics matched national averages the proportion reaching the higher levels remained below average currently pupils in year 6 are on target to do similarly well in english and mathematics by the time they leave school with more reaching the higher levels children in the early years foundation stage get off to a good start school data and work scrutiny clearly show that pupils also make good progress in other years there is more to do pupils writing is not always enlivened with imaginative vocabulary and pupils do not all have a firm grasp of mathematical terminology to enable them to explain their ideas clearly and deal with increasingly complex problems behaviour is good and pupils enjoy coming to school effective teaching has many strengths and there are examples of outstanding practice nevertheless there are times when marking and discussion are not used successfully to set precise and challenging next steps in learning for pupils this is particularly the case for the more 2 2

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 5 of 14 able the provision is outstanding for pupils who are potentially vulnerable due to their circumstances parents and carers are particularly pleased with the care taken of their children while in school what does the school need to do to improve further raise attainment in writing and mathematics by extending pupils vocabulary to enliven their writing improving pupils understanding of correct mathematical terminology to enable them to explain their ideas clearly and tackle increasingly complex problems ensuring teachers use marking and discussion consistently to set precise and challenging next steps in learning for individual pupils strengthen leadership and management by developing the expertise of leaders in subjects other than english mathematics and ict in evaluating learning and taking action to bring about improvement ensuring all members of the governing body are fully involved in promoting school improvement outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils 2 pupils achieve well from their generally low skill levels on entering school especially in language and social development their good behaviour and enthusiasm for learning contribute positively to the good progress they make pupils take pleasure in their activities and are keen to do well they have secure reading skills and enjoy writing to express their ideas but lack creativity in doing so pupils have secure mathematical calculation and quick mental recall skills they do not have a sufficiently well-developed understanding of key mathematical vocabulary pupils confidently use ict to support their learning this was evident when pupils in year 5 were using the internet to research information about different planets in the solar system as part of their scientific studies attainment is rising pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and english make the same progress as other pupils because of the well-targeted support they receive pupils at an early stage of learning to speak english make good progress overall and there are examples of outstanding progress pupils who start school at different times during the school year are welcomed and support resulting from prompt assessment enables them to make good progress the progress of the more able pupils is accelerating and there is no significant difference between the achievement or the learning of different groups pupils have a good understanding of how to stay safe and know they can talk confidently to a member of staff if they have any worries or concerns they adopt healthy lifestyles well knowing the need to eat healthily and take regular exercise they add to the life of the school by taking on responsibilities these include being a school councillor or a buddy to look after pupils new to the school they contribute effectively to the wider community by taking part in local events and raising funds for charity pupils have a good understanding of the beliefs and traditions of cultures

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 6 of 14 different to their own they are courteous polite and interested in the ideas and opinions of others pupils average attainment and attendance and the way they collaborate well with others shows that are soundly prepared for their future lives these are the grades for pupils outcomes pupils achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning taking into account pupils attainment 1 the quality of pupils learning and their progress the quality of lear ning for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their progress the extent to which pupils feel safe pupils behav iour the extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifesty les the extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community the extent to which pupils develop wor kplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being taking into account pupils attendance1 the extent of pupils spir itual moral social and cultural development 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 how effective is the provision teachers provide activities that are motivating and effective in promoting pupils independent learning skills they use a variety of teaching styles to engage all pupils the objectives of the lesson are shared with pupils so that they are clear about what they are to learn and how to complete the activity successfully pupils say they enjoy lessons because teachers make learning fun in lessons teachers assess pupils progress accurately are alert to any lack of understanding and move quickly to put it right pupils are not always as clear about the next steps in their learning because the information given to them is not consistently precise and challenging enough adults promote good relationships which lead to classrooms being friendly and calm places in which to learn teaching assistants provide effective support for all pupils and especially those with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those at an early stage of learning to speak english the curriculum is enriched by a variety of well-attended extracurricular activities including sports music and art clubs visits to places of educational interest including stockport air raid shelter museum and opportunities to work with a variety of visitors extend pupils skills and widen their horizons teachers planning builds methodically on previous work but places insufficient emphasis on developing pupils understanding of key mathematical vocabulary involvement in a wide range of partnerships effectively develops pupils learning and development particularly in sport and the arts the opportunity to take part in a variety of festivals from different religions including christmas and eid makes a positive contribution to pupils cultural development the activemark award and healthy school accreditation reflects the commitment to encouraging pupils to adopt healthy lifestyles 1 the grades for attainment and attendance are 1 is high 2 is above average 3 is broadly aver age and 4 is low

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 7 of 14 the school is a safe and caring environment in which to learn staff are committed to caring for their pupils and are clear of the steps to take if they have any concerns about the well-being of a pupil the support for pupils who are potentially vulnerable because of their circumstances promotes their learning and development very effectively this aspect of the school s work with families and a range of agencies is deeply established transition arrangements are comprehensive and ensure the effective integration into school life of the high number of pupils who join during the school year leaders have worked successfully to raise attendance and it continues to improve good attention is paid to ensuring those who have a planned absence do not fall behind well established partnerships with a variety of agencies ensure that extra support for individual pupils is readily available when required these are the grades for the quality of provision the quality of teaching taking into account the use of assessment to support learning the extent to which the curr iculum meets pupils needs including where relevant through partnerships the effectiveness of care guidance and support 2 2 2 2 how effective are leadership and management senior leaders successfully inspire those involved in school life to share a common sense of purpose in raising attainment as a result morale is high among all staff subject leaders for english mathematics and ict are rigorous in monitoring and leading their subjects other leaders are however not as skilled in evaluating learning and taking action to bring about improvement staff are accountable for their pupils progress and all work as a team to meet ambitious targets for all pupils governance is satisfactory although the governing body is supportive of the school not all members are fully involved in evaluating its performance and influencing its development there is a comprehensive awareness of safeguarding issues among all members of the governing body and staff training for safeguarding is regular and of high quality particularly in child protection the promotion of equality of opportunity is good with no form of discrimination being tolerated leaders have taken action to narrow the attainment gap between the different groups this is proving successful exemplified in the way that somali pupils who were identified as underachieving were given extra support so they now make the same good progress as other pupils partnership activity effectively develops learning opportunities that the school could not provide on its own such as in sport and music leaders successfully promote community cohesion by carefully planning an audit of needs as a result staff encourage pupils to view their role as not only members of the school but also to consider their role in the local national and international community improved engagement with parents and carers especially those who are hard to reach ensure they are now effectively involved in their children s learning and the work of the school.

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 8 of 14 these are the grades for the leadership and management the effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambit ion and driv ing improvement taking into account the leadership and management of teaching and learning the effectiveness of the governing body in challenging and support ing the school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and statutory responsibilities met the effectiveness of the school s engagement with parents and carers the effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being the effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination the effectiveness of safeguarding procedures the effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion the effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 early years foundation stage children achieve well because of the good quality teaching they receive staff have a thorough understanding of how children of this age learn and progress as a result they provide activities that are practical stimulating and effective in capturing and maintaining children s interest children s language development is effectively promoted by sessions led by teachers that stress the importance of linking letters and sounds teaching assistants some of whom are relatively inexperienced are not as skilled in delivering such sessions strong emphasis is placed on developing children s personal social and emotional development as this is weak on entry to the nursery children are encouraged to make choices for themselves and this successfully develops their skills as independent learners they behave well and enjoy their activities this was seen to good effect in the reception role play area set up as a `bear cave in which they were exploring the difference between light and dark at times the planning for independent activities emphasises what children are to do rather than what they are to learn this is particularly the case in the nursery the curriculum provides imaginative experiences that meet the needs of children effectively it is enriched by opportunities to explore the local environment and to go on visits such as to a local farm the organisation and use of the outdoor areas to promote children s learning have been successfully improved since the last inspection good leadership ensures that children s progress is checked carefully and that welfare arrangements are comprehensive parents and carers are kept well informed about their children s progress such as through their learning journals these are the grades for the early years foundation stage overall effectiveness of the ear ly years foundation stage taking into account outcomes for children in the early years foundation stage the quality of provision in the early years foundation stage the effectiveness of leadership and management in the early years foundation stage 2 2 2 2

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 9 of 14 views of parents and carers most parents and carers who returned questionnaires were positive about the school s work and the efforts of all staff two comments were typical `i cannot speak highly enough of the school and its staff and `the staff at plymouth grove are dedicated and enthusiastic and are willing to go the extra mile for all the children the inspection team saw many examples in school that reflect parents and carers positive views.

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 10 of 14 responses from parents and carers to ofsted s questionnaire ofsted invited all the registered parents and carers of pupils registered at plymouth grove primar y school to complete a questionnaire about their views of the school in the questionnaire parents and carers were asked to recor d how strongly they agreed with 13 statements about the school the inspection team received 118 completed questionnaires by the end of the on-site inspection in total there are 419 pupils registered at the school statements my child enjoys school the school keeps my child safe the school informs me about my child s progress my child is making enough progress at this school the teaching is good at this school the school helps me to suppor t my child s learning the school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle the school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future for example changing year gr oup changing school and for children w ho are finishing school entering further or higher education or entering employment the school meets my child s par ticular needs the school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour the school takes account of my suggestions and concerns the school is led and managed effectively overall i am happy with my child s experience at this school strongly agree total 77 65 73 53 50 68 54 54 62 45 42 58 46 46 agree total 39 45 60 61 46 60 57 33 38 51 52 39 51 48 disagree total 0 0 5 6 3 4 3 0 0 4 5 3 3 3 strongly disagree total 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 40 34 71 60 5 4 0 0 47 49 40 42 66 62 56 53 4 1 3 1 1 4 1 3 42 53 71 36 45 60 61 59 43 52 50 36 7 1 2 6 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 0 the table above summarises the responses that parents and carers made to each statement the percentages indicate the proportion of parents and carers giving that response out of the total number of completed questionnaires where one or more parents and carers chose not to answer a par ticular question the percentages will not add up to 100

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 11 of 14 glossary what inspection judgements mean grade grade 1 grade 2 grade 3 judgement outstanding good satisfactory description these features are highly effective an outstanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils needs these are very positive features of a school a school that is good is serving its pupils well these features are of reasonable quality a satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils these features are not of an acceptable standard an inadequate school needs to make significant improvement in order to meet the needs of its pupils ofsted inspectors will make further visits until it improves grade 4 inadequate overall effectiveness of schools type of school nursery schools primary schools secondary schools sixth forms special schools pupil referral units all schools overall effectiveness judgement percentage of schools outstanding good satisfactory inadequate 43 6 14 15 30 14 10 47 46 36 42 48 50 44 10 42 41 41 19 31 39 0 6 9 3 3 5 6 new school inspection arrangements were introduced on 1 september 2009 this means that inspectors now make some additional judgements that were not made previously the data in the table above is for the period 1 september 2010 to 08 april 2011 and are consistent with the latest published official statistics about maintained school inspection outcomes see www.ofsted.gov.uk the sample of schools inspected during 2010/11 was not representative of all schools nationally as weaker schools are inspected more frequently than good or outstanding schools percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100 s ixth form figures reflect the judgements made for the overall effectiveness of the sixth form in secondary schools special schools and pupil referral units.

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 12 of 14 common terminology used by inspectors achievement attainment capacity to improve the progress and success of a pupil in their learning development or training the standard of the pupils work shown by test and examination results and in lessons the proven ability of the school to continue improving inspectors base this judgement on what the school has accomplished so far and on the quality of its systems to maintain improvement the contribution of all the staff with responsibilities not just the headteacher to identifying priorities directing and motivating staff and running the school how well pupils acquire knowledge develop their understanding learn and practise skills and are developing their competence as learners inspectors form a judgement on a school s overall effectiveness based on the findings from their inspection of the school the following judgements in particular influence what the overall effectiveness judgement will be the school s capacity for sustained improvement outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils the quality of teaching the extent to which the curriculum meets pupils needs including where relevant through partnerships the effectiveness of care guidance and support progress the rate at which pupils are learning in lessons and over longer periods of time it is often measured by comparing the pupils attainment at the end of a key stage with their attainment when they started leadership and management learning overall effectiveness:

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 13 of 14 this letter is provided for the school parents and carers to share with their children it describes ofsted s main findings from the inspection of their school 18 november 2011 dear pupils inspection of plymouth grove primary school manchester m13 0aq thank you for the friendly welcome you gave the team when we inspected your school we enjoyed meeting you and seeing the many interesting things you do the inspectors judge that yours is a good school and that you make good progress and attain broadly average attainment in english and mathematics at the end of year 6 staff look after you well and make sure you are safe in school you make a good contribution to the life of the school and the local community the school helps you to be healthy as you indicated in your questionnaires you enjoy school as is shown by your improving attendance staff and the governing body are working hard to help you do better what we have asked your school to do now is to improve your creative writing skills and your understanding of important mathematical vocabulary make sure that teachers always give you precise and challenging advice on how to improve fully involve all leaders of subjects and all members of the governing body in helping the school improve all of you are a credit to your school and can help it improve further by continuing to try your best in your activities yours sincerely melvyn hemmings lead inspector

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inspection report plymouth grove primary school 16­17 november 2011 14 of 14 any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance complaining about inspect ions which is available from ofsted s website www.ofsted.gov.uk if you would like ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance please telephone 0300 123 4234 or email enquir ies@ofsted.gov.uk.

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