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Year 6 SATs Results 2014

The table below shows the SAT results for Year 6 pupils taken in May 2014 and compares them to data for all schools in the country. The national averages are based 2014 unvalidated figures (except those marked 2013). Validated data will be available in October

  Pupils achieving Level 4c and above Pupils achieving Level 4b and above Pupils achieving Level 5  and above


School National
School National
RWM* 88% 78% 76% 61% 24% 23%
Reading 99% 89% 92% 75% 57% 50%
Writing 95% 85% 83% N/A 43% 33%
Maths 92% 86% 78% 73% 43% 42%

*RWM is Reading, Writing and Maths combined

Pupils making expected progress in Reading Pupils making expected progress in Writing Pupils making expected progress in Maths
School National
School National
School National
99% 91% 100% 93% 98% 89%

Enjoy Learn Achieve

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By NDJFayeG from the North Devon Journal, December 5th 2014

A BIDEFORD school is celebrating after its improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievements were officially recognised by independent education inspectors.

Just two years ago, West Croft Junior School was told it required improvement because the quality of teaching and pupils’ performance was not good enough.

Now inspectors from the school standards agency, Ofsted, have been back to West Croft and rated every aspect of school life as good with some outstanding teaching.

They say the achievement of pupils is now good and their performance in reading, writing and maths at the end of Year 6 is above average – despite starting school with average attainment.

“The quality of teaching is good,” said lead inspector, Derek Watts.

“Some teaching is outstanding and pupils make rapid progress when they are inspired by teachers’ enthusiasm and strong subject knowledge.”

Mr Watts says the behaviour and safety of pupils is good overall and exemplary in some classes.

And leadership and management is also good.

Head teacher Andrew Brierley, said: "It has been a demanding task to rise to the challenge of our 2012 Ofsted inspection.

“We have focused closely on improving English and maths, built upon our excellent teaching staff with some further high-quality appointments and made better use of our learning assistants in the classroom.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the hard-working staff who rose to the challenge of taking the school from “Requires Improvement” to “Good” and I look forward to the next phase of West Croft's development with such a committed, professional team of colleagues.

“I would also like to say that, throughout the past few years, our parents have remained supportive of the changes we have made and our pupils have, as Ofsted noted, been exemplary in their attitude to learning."

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Welcome to Our School - Mr A Brierley - Head Teacher


Enjoy, Learn, Achieve:

our aims for your child

Our vision is simple: we want all our children to enjoy their time at West Croft. Think of your own learning and you will probably find that your most memorable learning came from an experience you enjoyed. It's the same for the children: a child who enjoys school is more likely to learn. With learning comes achievement. Please note that this is not the same as attainment: attainment is competitive, achievement is improvement on personal best.


We set high expectations of our pupils because we want our children to achieve and because we want to equip them with the necessary life skills to make decisions and take control of their own destinies in the 'real world'. We want our children to steer their own path through life, not have their lives determined by others.



Teaching and Learning

At West Croft we encourage children to talk about their learning to and with adults and their peers: if you can articulate your thoughts you are more able to write them down clearly. We place great value on teaching through guided learning: the teacher working with small groups to correct misconceptions and provide support and challenge. Sometimes this work can take place outside the class with a Teaching Assistant or one-to-one teacher.

We set whole school targets for Literacy and Numeracy. These give children a clear focus for their learning and a clear sense of achievement.




The Hisory of West Croft Junior School

Built originally in 1958, the school benefits from a spacious, well-equipped hall from which the main building rooms extend. Our building ensures ample, effective teaching space. Classrooms are of a generous size and are well appointed. There are also additional areas for group study and a Library.

The school is situated in pleasant grounds. The playground and field areas are large. We have a small arboretum and attractive areas for environmental studies, including our own pond.

Pynes Infants and Nursery is on the adjacent site. This allows the children to move safely between schools whenever necessary and facilitates liaison, but as each school has a small age range we can concentrate our resources. This enables us both to produce a very effective, well-linked curriculum, combining the assets of both schools.