Frodsham Weaver Vale Primary School


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This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. This is in addition to those in the local authority resource base. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by pupil premium funding is twice the national average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority.) Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. Children in the early years provision attend Nursery on a full- and part-time basis. This includes provision for two- and three-year-olds. Children attend the Reception class on a full-time basis. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since the time of the previous inspection, a learning mentor has been employed, and there have been a number of teacher and teaching assistant appointments. The senior leadership team has been reorganised, and includes a newly appointed headteacher and early years manager, as well as an established deputy headteacher. Three new governors have joined the governing body, including the Chair of the Governing Body. A well-above-average proportion of pupils leave or join the school at times other than the start of the academic year. All pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 learn in one of three mixed year-groups. The school houses a local authority resource base for up to seven children on the autistic spectrum from the Reception Year to Year 6. Provision for two year-olds was inspected on 21 May 2015, at which time it was judged to be good. This report can be read on Ofsted’s website at A breakfast club is available to pupils. This is managed by the governing body. Inspection report: 23–24 September 2015 8 of 10 Information about this inspection The inspector observed a range of lessons in all year groups, including in the resource base, as well as the teaching of small groups of pupils and sessions aimed at helping pupils to learn to read. Two lessons were observed jointly with the headteacher. The inspector listened to pupils read and held discussions with pupils from across the school. Pupils’ work in books was scrutinised with senior leaders. The inspector considered the 19 responses to the online questionnaire (Parent View) as well as the school’s own surveys of parents’ views. Informal meetings were held with parents at the beginning of the school day. Four letters from parents were also considered. Responses to the inspection questionnaire completed by 22 members of staff were considered. A meeting was held with eight governors, including the Chair of the Governing Body (via video conferencing). Meetings were also held with school leaders and staff responsible for English, mathematics, Key Stages 1 and 2, provision for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs and children in the early years. A telephone conversation took place with a representative from the local authority. A range of documents was examined. These included the school’s reviews of its own performance, information about pupils’ progress, the school’s checks on the quality of teaching, development plans, various records of pupils’ attendance, behaviour records and safeguarding documentation.

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