- The headteacher is ambitious for all pupils. His high expectations are rapidly driving improvements. They ensure that pupils achieve well from their starting points.
- Senior and middle leaders work hard for the benefit of all pupils. Staff are proud members of the school.
- Governors know the school well, and its priorities for further improvement. They ask increasingly challenging questions of the school’s leaders.
- Leaders ensure that teaching, learning and assessment are typically good. Consequently, increasing numbers of pupils reach above average standards, especially in reading and mathematics, by the end of Year 6.
- Standards in writing are also rising across the school. Leaders have taken steps, however, to accelerate faster pupils’ progress in writing.
- Children achieve outstandingly well in the early years. The stimulating learning opportunities in the Nursery and Reception years now equip children very well indeed for work in Year 1.
- Pupils are safe and well looked after in the school. They successfully benefit spiritually, morally, socially and culturally from the wide array of visits and experiences.
- Pupils attend regularly and behave well. They show positive attitudes towards their learning.
- The physical education and sport premium funding is used exceptionally well to develop pupils’ awareness of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
- The use of additional funding is also effective in enhancing the learning of pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
What the school needs to do to improve further:
- Ensure that all teaching and learning are consistently good or better, to accelerate even faster pupils’ progress, especially across key stage 1, and in writing throughout the school, by:
– better meeting the needs of some of the most able pupils with more challenging work, so that more reach the highest outcomes
– ensuring that all adults carefully check the learning and progress of all pupils in lessons, and appropriately revise work and the timing of activities so that they all learn well
– further developing pupils’ advanced writing skills to support the liveliness of their writing and flow of ideas, on the page
– maximising opportunities for pupils to reinforce, and further develop their general and subject-specific skills and understanding, in all subjects.
- Sharpen the skills of all leaders, especially those with subject responsibilities, in monitoring precisely the effectiveness of teaching on all pupils’ learning and progress, in all subjects across the school.