Ofsted and Performance Data

On 14th and 15th September we had our Ofsted inspection. The timing of this inspection was particularly challenging, as it was just one week into the new school year. Unfortunately, the inspection grading for Newtown Primary School remains as ‘Requires Improvement’. This is a huge disappointment to everyone involved with the school.


However, there are many things to celebrate within the report.


Parents are unanimous in their praise for the school”.


We were also very pleased that the school’s welcoming ethos and community feel were recognised.  “Leaders and staff make this a friendly and welcoming school. Newtown Primary School is the hub of the community. Pupils join the school from many different cultures. Staff ensure that all pupils are welcome and accepted.“


Pupils feel safe at Newtown Primary School and enjoy school; our provision for the personal development of children at the school was graded ‘good’.


We know that many families who have children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), choose Newtown because of the small school feel and the nurture and opportunities provided. The report recognises how well pupils with SEND are supported, and that we ensure “that pupils’ work is carefully planned and adapted to support their learning well. As a result, pupils with SEND thrive.”


Areas for improvement:

  • The organisation of the curriculum (including Early Years curriculum) to ensure it develops knowledge in a sequential and progressive way, building on prior learning and securing key ideas 
  • To ensure that the reading curriculum for Key Stage 2 builds on the early reading curriculum (prior knowledge and skills) so that pupils become fluent readers.
  • There is a consistent approach to managing behaviour and all staff have equally high expectations of pupils’ behaviour.


For the full Ofsted report, see below.

Please find below our most recent Ofsted reports and relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables.