Ofsted Report 2013


Ofsted Inspection Report

This is a satisfactory school. It is improving. It provides pupils with a caring and friendly environment in which to learn. The overwhelming majority of parents are supportive of the school and pleased with the experiences given to their children. The following parental comment is typical of many: 'Porthleven is a safe and friendly school where the staff care very much about the children. They encourage them to take part in a wide and varied curriculum both within normal school hours and after school.'

The headteacher is an astute leader who quickly identified the changes necessary to improve the school's provision. Performance management has been made more rigorous and teachers are now clear that they are accountable for the progress their pupils make. New procedures have been introduced to track the progress of individual pupils and to set targets that are more focused and challenging. Other developments include enhanced provision for children in the Foundation Stage, a new information and communication technology suite, and much improved resources for English and mathematics. Most of these improvements have not had time to impact fully on pupils' progress but the early signs are encouraging. By necessity, the headteacher has shouldered much of the responsibility for overseeing these changes. As yet, other leaders, particularly subject leaders, are not as actively involved in monitoring and evaluating the school's performance. All staff share his vision for taking the school forward and a strong team ethos is evident. Given these factors, the capacity to make any necessary improvements is good.

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