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Chair of Governors



NAME OF SCHOOL: Castlewood Primary

DATE OF VISIT: 10th November 2014

DURATION: (including preparation, visit and report writing) 1 Day

PRESENT AT MEETING: Maria Roberts (General Adviser Area C), Julia Slocombe (Head teacher)



Castlewood was last inspected by Ofsted in April 2013 and was judged ‘good’ overall, following a previous judgement of ‘good’. There have been some changes in staffing over the past year, with several maternity leaves. There are lower than average numbers of FSM, EAL and SEND pupils. Castlewood is in an affluent area and its pupil population is averagely stable.

This data review forms part of locality visits.

Foundation Stage

Pupils reaching a Good Level of Development in 2014 is 74% (county 59%) which is an increase of 10% on 2013. Achievement is comfortably above the county average in the key areas of reading, writing and maths.

The school tracks pupils not reaching a good level of development carefully. Baseline assessments in Yr1 lead into a tailored intervention programme with, for example, additional phonics to support low levels of writing. A specialist SEN teacher provides additional support alongside a learning mentor. Parental workshops (with a focus on supporting children at home more effectively) are also being undertaken. The school reports that attainment of the pupils who did not reach a good level of development last year is improving.


90% of Year 1 pupils meet expected standard (nat. 74%) and in Year 2, re-takes stand at 67% (66% nat.)

Those children not meeting the expected standard in phonics in Yr1 are supported effectively into Yr2. The teacher uses a distinctly Yr1 approach, meaning that pupils are able to grasp basics before they move on to Yr 2 work in phonics. Additional SEN support is used if necessary.

Key stage 1

L 2b+

R 90% (nat 81%) downward

W 83% (nat 70%) downward

M 90% (nat 80%) slight downward


R 63% (nat 57%) downward

W 53% (nat 39%) downward

M 73% (nat 53%) downward Sig+


R 20% (nat 31%) downward (although 3 year trend stable)

W 13% (nat 16%) downward

M 17% (nat 24%) slight downward (although 3 year trend stable)

KS1 APS 16.6 (nat 15.9) Sig+. All Subjects APS has been consistently Sig + over recent years and also in 2014. However, it is interesting that individual subjects are not Sig+ this year. Boys outperform girls in maths and girls do better than boys in reading.

There are gaps between the achievement of the two FSM children and non FSM pupils, but gaps are narrower than the national gaps and the FSM children do better than FSM children nationally. The school reports that the two FSM pupils entered the school well below average in EY and have some additional complex needs. The school is using a variety of ways to support FSM children, including supporting their parents.

Attainment at L2+ sits comfortably above national averages and although percentages fluctuate over time, trends are generally stable. However, at L3+ there has been a noticeable downward trend over recent years, with attainment for more able pupils now sitting below the national expectation.

The head teacher is fully aware of the downward trend at L3+ in KS1. The school reports that this particular cohort had fewer higher attainers than average and because the school was moderated very early in the summer term, some outcomes were lower than they might have been with a late June moderation. The school can show rigorous monitoring and challenge for more able pupils – including booster sessions – but is clear that pupils need to show consistent independence and ability to apply skills in different contexts before a L3+ is awarded.

Key Stage 2


Yr 6 were Sig+ for prior attainment

L4+ RWM 100% (nat 78%) upward and above FFTD predictions sig+

L4+ R 100% (nat 88%) upward

L4+ W 100% (nat 85%) upward

L4+ M 100% (nat 85%) upward

L4 EGPS 90% (nat 76%)

L5+ RWM 43% (nat 23%) upward

L5+ R 77% (nat 49%) upward sig+

L5+ W 53% (nat 33%) slight downward sig+

L5+ M 63% (nat 42%) upward sig +

Average Point Score (APS) - all Sig+ for reading, writing and maths. APS shows a three year upward trend and is now significantly above the national expectation - APS all subjects 31.1 (nat 28.7).

The sole blue box indicating underachievement shows that middle attainers do less well at L5 EGPS 25% (nat 50%) sig- than national. The school reports that this is a test paper anomaly rather any issues with provision.

Expected Progress

R 100% (nat 91%) upward

W 100% (nat 93%) upward

M 100% (nat 89%) upward

More than expected progress

Reading – 30% (nat 35%)

Writing 23% (nat 33%)

Maths 19% (nat 35%)

Value-Added in All Subjects is 99.7, Maths 99.5, Reading - 100.1 and Writing 99.8. Value-added is not highlighted as Sig+ because of the higher than average attainment at the end of KS1 and the subsequent difficulty in reaching L6 in reading and writing. However, value-added has increased since 2013 in all subjects.

Pupil Premium

There are significant gaps in FSM attainment in EYFS in 2014 where neither of the two FSM children reached a good level of development. Similarly, in Yr 1, the sole FSM pupil did not meet the expected level in phonics.

However at the end of KS1, the one FSM pupil did attain in line with non-FSM peers, which is higher than the national expectation.

At KS2, FSM pupils - like the whole cohort – attain L4+ in RWM which is above the national expectation. Similarly, all FSM pupils make at least expected progress, just like their non-FSM peers. Gaps are narrowing (FSM APS RWM KS2 2012 27, 2013 29, and2014 30.4.

At L5, the 4 FSM pupils broadly attain in line – or just below - their peers and much better than the national expectation of FSM pupils at L5+ and in most cases, better than non-FSM pupils nationally! The school tracks the progress of disadvantaged children carefully and additional staff can be redistributed to support another year group if necessary.

There is no difference in achievement between FSM and non FSM pupils in KS2, but the school should carefully track the small group of PP children in KS1


· No Pupil Premium gaps in KS2

· Significantly higher than average attainment in KS2

· Attainment sits above FFTD at both L4 and L5 in KS2

· Higher than average expected progress in KS2

· Rising trends in attainment and progress in KS2

· Higher than average Good Level of Development in EY

· Higher than average Phonics levels in Yr 1

· Higher than average attainment at L2+ / L2b+ in KS1

Areas to watch

· Below national average L3+ in KS1 and a downward trend - are higher attainers being challenged? Is teaching good enough?

· FSM gaps in KS1 – do these few children fall into other ‘groups’? What is the school doing for them?

· Level 5 GPS test – middle attainers do less well here

· More than expected progress is just below national average in KS2 (but that is because the prior attainment is very high and pupils can rarely access L6 in reading and writing.)

Overall Achievement in Castlewood is at least good. To be outstanding, any ‘gaps’ need to be eradicated and a similar high trend over the next year needs to occur.


Progress towards targets 2015

LA-set targets (FFTD +5)

L4+ RWM 96.3%

Reading progress 98.1%

Writing progress 98.1%

Maths progress 97.1%

Year gp

Target: %

School currently expects: %




Expected 2b



Expected 2b



Expected 2b




Level 4+


School is aware that these targets are very ambitious and even exceed LA’s high targets


Level 4+


School is targeting borderline 3/4 and 4/5 pupils in current Yr 6 to improve VA


Level 4+


Combined RWM

Level 4+




2 Levels of progress




2 levels of progress



2 levels of progress



Percentage of pupils on track to get Level 4


Reading 90%

Writing 90%

Maths 90%

3 pupils we are monitoring carefully this term/additional support to ensure they are secure by summer term.


SEN support





2 pupils

Ofsted Framework


(Ofsted: date)

School’s Judgement: date

Next steps for improvement:




Nov 2014

Strong good

· Build up trend of equally high attainment

· Ensure FSM gaps in KS1 are reduced

· Ensure teaching remains strong given staff changes



· To address aspects discussed


· To provide support through locality visits

Name: Maria Roberts

Date: 10th November 2014

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