The school was last inspected in 2008 and because we achieved an outstanding judgement we have not yet had another inspection.
Since our last inspection our results have remained above the national average in all areas of the curriculum and the school’s Riaseonline data has been consistently Sig+ .
“This is an Outstanding School. Learning activities are challenging. Classroom scenarios are created where pupils have to understand and solve problems using a range of learning skills. Year 2 pupils used analytical, role play and presentation skills to understand how the Great Fire of London affected ordinary citizens and what they had to do to rebuild their lives after the catastrophe. Pupils are placed in real life situations outdoors where demands are made on their investigative, organisational and communication skills. Year 3 pupils designed an outdoor building for the school and won their case for its construction before a planning inspector. The progress of their endeavours was caught on film, made and edited by Year 4. It is through giving pupils the means to learn that the school has laid such excellent foundations for their future success.
Parents recognise this and are fulsome in their praise of all that the school does. A daughter
‘is having a fantastic experience while at school and enjoying her learning.” Her confidence is buoyed by the experiences she has’. Parents regard it as the centre point in their community, contributing significantly to the richness and cohesion of village life. There are excellent links with local people who talk to pupils on a regular basis about sport, the diversity of cultures and faiths, science, environmental and other issues. Pupils take their music into the community and show their concern for others through charitable activities. They make excellent use of the local environment to understand the place of humans in the natural order. As a result, their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding.
Teachers’ assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 are impressive and have been significantly
above average over the last five years. Standards as pupils leave at the end of Year 4 are similarly high. Pupils’ progress over time and their achievement in relation to their starting points are excellent. Teaching is outstanding because it is consistently good and often exemplary and this is giving pupils the confidence to learn. The excellent curriculum is focused on the youngest pupils’ personal, social and emotional development and then raising the bar with stimulating and challenging learning activities.
The leadership of the Head Teacher and her Key Stage Co-ordinators is outstanding and teachers and support staff are able and committed. They work effectively as team and morale is high. An experienced and shrewd Chair of Governors asks the right questions as well as offering support and encouragement. He is ably supported by a team of Governors who are growing in confidence and understanding.
This is an inclusive school where pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, those who are vulnerable in any way and those who find school routines difficult to adjust to, receive the care and support they need and make excellent progress academically and in their personal development. Standards have risen over the last three years. There have been significant improvements since the last inspection, although achieving good standards of presentation in every pupil’s book remains elusive.
The school is in an excellent position to maintain and build on what has already been achieved.