Ofsted reportMain findings
This is a good school: pupils, and parents and carers agree. Many pupils enter the Nursery with skills at levels well below those expected for their age and by the time they leave Year 6 standards are broadly average and rising. Pupils achieve well and make good progress. Pupils make excellent progress in the development of their speaking skills and good progress in their reading, writing and mathematics. Standards of reading have improved well, largely due to the introduction of daily good-quality teaching of letters and sounds throughout the school. The majority of parents and carers make a helpful contribution to their children's good progress in reading. Although most pupils enjoy reading and read regularly, some pupils do not, and their skills in understanding the meaning of texts are less well developed than their skills in working out unfamiliar words. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress due to good-quality provision. The more able pupils also progress well. Excellent care, guidance and support result in first-rate relationships throughout this very happy school. Pupils feel safe and their outstanding behaviour is a credit to the school and pupils' families. The use of assessment to support learning is excellent and pupils develop an impressive understanding of the level of their work and the next steps.
The headteacher has the full support of staff, pupils, governors, and parents and carers. Particular strengths are in the leadership and management of teaching and learning and in ensuring that assessment is used fully to support learning. Teaching is never less than good and is occasionally outstanding. Since the previous inspection, provision has improved considerably in the Early Years Foundation Stage and standards have risen throughout the school. These factors indicate that the school has good capacity to continue to improve.
Pupils invariably enjoy the interesting lessons. Pupils clearly understand right from wrong and they are polite and mature for their age. The chair of governors carries out the role with commitment but the school has difficulty in recruiting and retaining governors. Governors support the school but monitoring and challenging are weaker elements of their work.