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Ofsted Report 2012

This inspection was carried out with two days’ notice. The inspectors observed 23 lessons or parts of lessons, taught by 17 teachers. They also observed a range of activities for small groups of pupils and the support provided by additional adults within lessons. Inspectors talked to different groups of pupils about their learning and scrutinised the work in pupils’ books. In addition, discussions were held with staff and members of the governing body. A range of documentation was scrutinised, including records relating to pupils’ achievement, monitoring by leaders, behavioural records and safeguarding. Account was also taken of the 148 questionnaires returned by parents and carers, and the 172 received from pupils. The inspection team took account of the on-line questionnaire (Parent View) in planning the inspection.

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Information about the school

This school is much larger in size than the average primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage, with only a very small number learning to speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is average, as is the proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs. The school meets the current floor standard. There have been significant staff changes since the last inspection, particularly at senior leadership level. The current headteacher joined the school in June 2010. The school is a Creative Partnerships Change School and is using this work to complement and support school improvement activities.
Childcare is provided on the school site by a private company. This provision did not form part of this inspection, but a report of its quality can be found on the Ofsted website.