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Headteachers Report Mar 15

Castlewood Primary School

Headteacher’s ReportMarch 2015


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.



As we have discussed summary of data for attainment and achievement

2013-2014 included, EPODS and RAISEonline. To avoid duplication of information

I have included a summary.


EYFS- overall judgement Attainment and Progress   GOOD

Next steps to further improve:

Focus on pupil premium pupils closing the gap. Continue to ensure parents are supporting regular reading at home. Support LA pupils through boosters on speaking and listening.


KS1- overall Attainment and progress   GOOD

Next steps to further improve:

Focus on pupil premium pupils- closing the gap. Continue to ensure parents are supporting regular reading at home. Focus on HA pupils to achieve increased L3 so that we are above National expectations.



KS2- overall Attainment and progress   GOOD

Next steps to further improve:

Focus on all pupils to achieve secure L4 in English and Mathematics.

Focus on Maths progress for HA in KS2 (Pupils judged Yr 2 L2A+), to ensure increased number of pupils are on track to achieve L5 in Year 6. Monitor middle attainers in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Monitor the progress of Pupil Premium pupils to support closing the gap.


Strengths from 2013-2014 data

·         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 from 2013-2014 data

·         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

The School Council have shared through Class Council meetings- discussions on British values. This is further being developed through House Assemblies in the Summer term.



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

SEN pupils: 2% of all pupils   (4 pupils)

Ethnic minority: 2% of all pupils(4 pupils)

Pupil Premium: current 3.5% of all pupils (7 pupils)

Autumn 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

Whole School



More 85% attendance



More 95% attendance



SEN more 85%



SEN more 95%


50% (2 pupils over 95%

1 pupil 94%, 1 pupil 91%)

Ethnic min more 85%



Ethnic min more 95%


50% (similar to above)

FSM more 85%



FSM more 95%



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


Quality of Teaching

Formal lesson observations showed:


Requires Improvement


Good with outstanding


Autumn 2014




Spring 2015




Partnerships to support curriculum needs

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

Yr R   Trip to Capitol Theatre to see film Paddington Bear(Bears topic)

Yr 1/2Brooklands (Transport topic)

Yr 3/4 Climbing wall in school (Fire and Ice topic)

Yr 5/6  South Downs Planetarium (Space 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. The parenting programme is helping to support pupils being safe outside 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 continuing to play a greater role supporting the parents of the pupils they work with. One Learning Mentor attends the Parenting course. A Maths EYFS workshop was delivered to parents this term as well as KS2 English workshop supporting parents with spelling, punctuation and grammar.


The effectiveness of Leadership and Management

Embed ambition and drive improvement

All class teachers have had the opportunity to visit an Outstanding primary school in the locality and share information about teaching and learning. We have reviewed our teaching and learning as a result and have agreed our strengths as well as considering some different approaches to learning.


Staff are involved in a coaching programme this year. The programme is set up to support areas to improve further identified by each class teacher.


Staff meetings and Key Stage meetings have focussed on Teaching and Learning. Weekly Team meetings support communication and deployment of staff effectively.


The monitoring of planning and marking can evidence that staff are continually striving to improve.


Staff training

INSET   March:  Planning for Summer Term 2015

J Slocombe

WH Heads Locality meetings, John Yates Leadership, Heads/Chair locality meetings,

V Dedman

John Yates Leadership, Focus Teaching and Learning- English, Yr 2 Locality Moderation

K Anstee Brown

Yr 6 English Locality moderation

C Noble

Locality focus group ICT and Maths

G Allan

MA in Education, EYFS Locality meeting

S Barnard

Locality PE meeting

S Parkins

Locality SENCO meetings

J Jeffries

Locality Learning Mentor meetings

J Reeves

Locality Learning Mentor meetings, Parenting course

All Teachers

Visited a local Primary school judged Outstanding to share practice

Partnerships to promote learning/well being

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

Sports Premium

Total allocation: £8890 in two tranches Sept- March and April to Aug. New event supported this year: Yr 3/4 Climbing wall- increase opportunities for outdoor adventurous

 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 1 to Yr 6 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 have set up a Parenting group to support parents.


One family is 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 for the end of the Spring term.

Effectiveness of procedures

Line managers for staff are: Head and Deputy (Maternity leave). 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?

-EYFS Baseline testing from September 2015

-Childcare disqualification requirements.

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