Windwhistle Primary School

Windwhistle Primary School

Windwhistle Primary School

Kingsley Road, Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset BS23 3TZ

Headteacher: Lyn Hunt BA(Ed) PGDip
lyn.hunt@windwhistleschool.co.uk
01934 629145

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Local Authority Review - June 2013 

     In June Windwhistle Primary School was inspected by North Somerset Council.      They judged the school as ‘Good’ in all areas with evidence of Outstanding practice.    We knew you would want to read their comments . . .

LAR 1There has been significant impact on all four areas identified for improvement at the last inspection and the school is on track to be judged as a good school.

Children make good and outstanding progress in Nursery because teaching and provision is consistently good with outstanding features and is well on the way to becoming securely outstanding. The adults in the nursery plan thoughtful, interesting and very creative experiences for the children.

The Nursery environment is rich and enabling and very well resourced in terms of the range of intentional learning designed into the indoor and outside environment. 

At the end of Reception, all or almost all children make good and outstanding progress from their starting points.

The quality of teaching in Reception reflects very good clarity, communication, challenge and consolidation and overall is outstanding. Behaviour and safety was exemplary.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 achievement is judged to be good and pupils have made accelerated progress since September. 

The quality of teaching seen during the review was good. The work sampled and data showed all ability groups had made progress over time.   Differentiated tasks and resources to support each task met the pupils’ needs fully.LAR 1

The pupils said that they enjoyed their learning in literacy and were proud of their achievements.  They said that they enjoyed mathematics, knew their targets well and that their work was improving.

Observations of lessons identified standards of behaviour and learning attitudes as good in all classrooms.  Pupils’ behaviour, engagement and their attitudes to learning in lessons and their conduct around the school were good. Relationships are positive and pupils are respectful to staff and each other. Pupils are helpful, considerate and behave well. Their level of engagement enables lessons to flow smoothly throughout.

Teaching assistants and other learning support staff were deployed well in all lessons and were providing good support to individuals and groups.  This included support for higher ability groups and not just pupils of low ability or special educational needs or disability.

The quality of leadership and management is good.  There has been a relentless focus on improving teaching by the leadership of the school which has resulted in teaching over time being good.  There has been an uncompromising drive to narrow the gap in the attainment of pupils to national expectations and greater proportions are now working at these levels. 

Governors have a good understanding of the school improvement plan and the progress the school is making to address the priorities for improvement.

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