This is a smaller school than most others of its type. The very large majority of pupils are of White British heritage, although a steadily growing number speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above average.
In 2012 the Department for Education congratulated the school on their excellent academic results in last summer’s National Curriculum tests. The year on year improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving Level 4+ placed the school amongst the 50 top performing primary schools for sustained improvement.
In 2012 the Ofsted inspection reported that: ‘This is a good school’ ‘Achievement in the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding. Pupils reach above average standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6, demonstrating their good progress throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, from their individual starting points’. ‘The headteacher provides inspirational leadership’.
The Award submission video
Notes about this video
This is a school full of challenges to make the children think about different aspects and approaches to their learning: outcomes are set and children can decide how to achieve them, either working collaboratively or independently. As soon as they start school they are introduced to a range of technologies to develop their confidence in choosing and using as they progress through school – the aim is to empower learners. Pupils are expected to find out how to use new technologies and share this with peers and staff.
Even very simple uses of technology, such as taking digital photographs and videos of the chicks they reared, will help those children remember what it felt like to hold those chicks – powerful learning!