Adderley CofE Primary School

Name Adderley CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 January 2014
Address Adderley, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3TF
Phone Number 01630653829
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 39 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 10.4
Percentage Free School Meals 3.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.1%

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average sized primary school. It comprises of a part time Nursery for half of the week. In the mornings, the remaining pupils are taught in three mixed-age classes; during the afternoon, there are two classes. The vast majority of the pupils come from White British backgrounds with very few from minority ethnic groups. Nearly all pupils speak English as a first language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs requiring school action is above the national average. The proportion requiring external support or with a statement of special educational need is broadly average. These pupils have mainly speech, language and communication difficulties. Only a very small number of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium – additional government funding for looked after children and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. There have been significant changes to staffing in recent years. At the time of inspection, the headteacher was on maternity leave and her place was taken by an acting headteacher. In 2013, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from their different starting points during their time in the school, in reading, writing and mathematics. Those who lead and manage the school, including the governing body, have high aspirations and a determination to improve the standards pupils attain. The quality of teaching has been significantly improved since the previous inspection. It is now good overall and occasionally outstanding. As a result, pupils’ achievement has improved and is good. The teaching of the links between letters and the sounds they make has led to improved standards in reading and spelling. This is especially the case for pupils in Key Stage 1 and younger pupils in Key Stage 2. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage settle into school quickly, gaining in confidence and learning to enjoy school. The provision for developing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Because of this, pupils are well behaved and polite. This contributes to a calm and positive atmosphere for learning. Systems to ensure pupils are kept safe are rigorous. All parents who expressed a view say that they believe that their children are happy, safe and well looked after. Teachers provide a wide range of activities for pupils to learn from and enjoy, including sporting activities outside the school day. As a result, pupils have achieved an impressive array of sporting successes, particularly when the small size of the school is taken into consideration. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although pupils’ progress in writing is good, it is not as strong as in reading and mathematics. The provision for children in the Nursery to learn outdoors requires improvement.