Aldeburgh Primary School

Name Aldeburgh Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 March 2014
Address Park Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5EU
Phone Number 01728452150
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 95 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Academy Sponsor Avocet Academy Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 9.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.2%

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average primary school. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (the extra government funding for pupils looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is well above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. Pupils are taught in four classes. Reception children are taught as one year group. Other year groups are taught in three mixed-age classes: Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school has only admitted pupils in Years 5 and 6 since 2012, so pupils took national tests in Year 6 for the first time in 2013. An independent play school is based on the school site and is inspected separately. The headteacher took up the post in 2012 following a series of temporary appointments. There have also been changes to the teaching staff in recent years.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children in the Reception class settle quickly and make good progress. Most pupils make good progress as they move through the school. Leaders make good use of information about pupils’ progress to quickly identify those who are falling behind and to make sure that they have effective extra help to catch up. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs receive similarly well- tailored support and do well. Behaviour is good because pupils are happy in school, enjoy working together and have positive relationships with the staff. Pupils have very positive attitudes to school and a good understanding of how to be effective learners. Parents confirm that their children feel safe in school and are confident that the staff will look after them. Governors, headteacher and teachers have made good improvements in pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching since the previous inspection. The headteacher’s dynamic leadership has done much to turn the school around. She has the confidence of all who are involved in the life of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 make good progress, too few reach higher levels of attainment in writing and mathematics because they have not yet overcome gaps in their earlier learning. Some pupils do not write neatly. Teachers do not follow the school’s handwriting policy closely enough. Pupils are not routinely given time to read, understand and respond to suggestions teachers make about how to improve their work.