Ad Astra Infant School Closed

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Ad Astra Infant School Closed

Name Ad Astra Infant School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 January 2014
Address Sherborn Crescent, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH17 8AP
Phone Number 01202 602113
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 266

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized infant school. The great majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is increasing, but is still well below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding provided by the government for children in local authority care, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families, is average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by school action is broadly average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. At the beginning of this school year the school completed its transition from being a first school to the current infant school. There are now three classes in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and three classes in each of Years 1 and 2. Ad Astra is part of a cooperative trust of four schools called the TEACH Trust (The Educational Alliance of Canford Heath).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Ad Astra continues to improve and develop, managing well the required transition last year from being a first school to an infant school, which was achieved very smoothly. Pupils’ progress is good. In the 2013 end of Key Stage 1 national assessments, many pupils reached average standards in reading, writing and mathematics from their below average starting points. Provision for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage has improved markedly in the last two years. Children are now taught consistently well and make good progress. All groups of pupils, including those eligible for pupil premium funding, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, share in the good achievement. Teaching is rarely less than good and is sometimes outstanding. Teachers typically plan effectively, manage classes well and use a range of resources and strategies to ensure good learning. Pupils behave exceptionally well, feel safe in school and are confident that adults will deal quickly with any incidents that may arise. The good curriculum promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well by offering a range of well-planned experiences. The experienced headteacher gives a strong direction to the work of the school. Together with the two assistant headteachers, she is working to lift the quality of teaching to outstanding. Governors are very knowledgeable about the school’s work. They monitor all aspects of its work closely, provide effective support and hold leaders to account robustly for pupils’ achievements. Parents and carers are very proud of the school. They are happy that their children are safe and well cared for. They find teachers and school leaders very approachable. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The plans to modify the curriculum and be more flexible in the organisation of groups, have yet to ensure that all opportunities are taken for pupils to use their developing skills, especially in writing. Although a start has been made, plans for staff to share their skills and expertise to enable further improvements are not fully implemented.

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