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Headteachers Report Dec 14

Castlewood Primary School

Headteacher’s ReportDecember  2014

Characteristics of our school

Yr R


Yr 1


Yr 2


Yr 3


Yr 4


Yr 5


Yr 6




SEN 1.5% of all pupils Autumn Census

Autumn 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015





Ethnic Codes Autumn Census 2.5% pupils


Autumn 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015







W&B Caribbean




Other mixed




Language other than English



There were no discrimination or harassment based on ‘protected characteristics’ (disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy and maternity), racial incidents or formal complaints of bullying.

1.   Achievement

(Summary for 2013-2014)

Foundation Stage

Pupils reaching a Good Level of Development in 2014: 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.



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


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.


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.



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+ W100%  (nat 85%) upward

L4+ M100%   (nat 85%) upward

L4SPAG 90% (nat 76%)


L5+ RWM43% (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% (nat35%)


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.)


Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

New House Captains were elected at the start of term and now lead House assemblies every fortnight. They are supported by Mrs Magwidi who plans the House Assemblies. The impact is that pupils gain respect for the House Captains leading the sessions. House Captains are well prepared and show a greater presence because they are increasingly modelling themselves on the class teachers.


(Target 96.6% 2014-2015 is similar to last year).

SEN pupils: 1.5% of all pupils   

Ethnic minority: 2.5% of all pupils 

Pupil Premium: current 4.5% of all pupils

Autumn 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

Whole School


More 85% attendance


More 95% attendance


SEN more 85%


SEN more 95%


Ethnic min more 85%


Ethnic min more 95%


FSM more 85%


FSM more 95%


Overall attendance is high, consistently high for all groups (1)


Quality of Teaching

Formal lesson observations showed:

Autumn 2014


Requires Improvement


Good with outstanding





Partnerships to support curriculum needs

Enrichment opportunities have been promoted through a range of trips this term.

Yr RWalk around Southwater (Dinosaur topic)

Yr 1 Tescos –‘Farm to Fork’ (Food topic)

Yr 3/4 Petworth House (Victorian Day)

Yr 5/6 Hampton Court (Tudor topic)


Clubs available this term include: netball, football, tag rugby, homework, badminton, cookery, karate, gymnastics, film, gardening, art, table tennis, cross country, choir.


Behaviour and Safety of Pupils

Extent to which pupil’s feel safe

PSHCE lessons and assemblies are planned to promote positive behaviour and support pupils being safe. There has been an increasing need to support some parents this term with consistent boundaries at home, so that pupils are better equipped to show respect to all adults in school.


Priorities in the School Improvement Plan: 2014-2015

-100% of able pupils achieve expected progress and 45% more than expected in English

-Teaching and Learning increasingly moving from Good to Outstanding: 100% good or better. 75% teaching is Good with outstanding features.

-Ensure 100% pupil premium to make at least expected progress, 90% Good progress


Care guidance and support

Our Learning Mentors are playing a greater role supporting the parents of the pupils they work with. A number of workshops have been delivered this term to support parents in knowing more about the curriculum and how they can support at home. These include phonics, mathematics and reading, as a result of the audit carried out last term.


The effectiveness of Leadership and Management

Embed ambition and drive improvement

This will be a challenging academic year regarding staffing, as three out of seven class teachers are, or have been, on maternity leave. We are working hard to ensure that all pupils continue to make good progress.


Despite these challenges, our Year 6 and Year 2 packs have been exemplary at locality moderation this term. We have probably held more workshops than usual at this time of year and all staff have stepped up to support each other to achieve this.


Staff meetings and Key Stage meetings have focussed on Teaching and Learning. Weekly Team meetings have been introduced this term to ensure good communication and deployment of staff effectively. There is on-going training and support for all staff. The monitoring of planning and marking can evidence that staff are continually striving to improve.


Staff training

INSET   Dec:  Planning for Spring Term 2015

J Slocombe

WH Heads Locality meetings, John Yates Leadership, Heads/Chair locality meetings, O track, SEND- New Code of Practice

L Brown

John Yates Leadership,O track

K Anstee Brown

Yr 6 Locality moderation

J Herbert

Yr 2 Locality moderation

C Noble

Yr 6 writing moderation meeting

G Allan

MA in Education

S Barnard

PE- gymnastics

S Parkins

Locality SENCO meetings

J Jeffries

Learning Mentor

J Reeves

Learning Mentor

Partnerships to promote learning/well being

One family supported by regular TAC meetings (multi-agency meetings- Team Around the Child).

One family supported by regular CIN meetings (Child In Need)

Four pupils have been supported by the Speech and Language therapist.


Sports Premium

Total allocation: £8890 in two tranches Sept- March and April to Aug

As a result of our funding we aim to maintain most of the events that were planned last year such as Yr 5 Watersports, Golf day and Swimming. We aim to target all pupils to achieve 25 metres by the end of KS2 by supporting swimming in a slightly different way this year.


Pupil Premium

We have put in a similar programme to the previous year. Additional Teachers have been appointed to lead booster groups to support additional English and Maths. We have focussed on Yr 6, Yr 5,Yr 2, Yr 3 and Yr 1 this term. As well as this, we are supporting pupils to attend a variety of trips and clubs. Learning Mentors are also supporting some pupils. We will be setting up a Parenting group to support some parents in the Spring term.



Two families are currently being supported by outside agencies.


Performance Management

Operation of the policy

There have been no appeals over the last year or allegations of discrimination regarding: race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, part time contracts, trade union membership. Performance Management reviews will be completed by the end of December.


Effectiveness of procedures

Line managers for staff are: Head and Deputy. All meetings are recorded on the agreed formats in the policy and objectives agreed and set. Time is allocated during the school day to carry out these meetings.


Teacher’s training and development needs

All staff have received detailed feedback regarding formal lesson observations this term. Strengths and areas for development are identified with each member of staff and any identified areas for improvement are monitored as a result and supported by mentoring and coaching.


Training and development of support staff

Weekly TA meetings. Additional training depending on need and the opportunity of courses on offer.


Issues for Governors to consider

How informed are you on these key issues and the impact they will have on us?

-Teaching School Alliance

-Changes proposed for 2016 testing

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