Alderbury and West Grimstead Church of England Primary School


Name Alderbury and West Grimstead Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.alderbury.wilts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 12 December 2017
Address Firs Road, Alderbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 3BD
Phone Number 01722710464
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 177 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.1
Percentage Free School Meals 4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.8%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Alderbury and West Grimstead is smaller than most primary schools. The school has one-form entry, so there are seven single-year-group classes. A large majority of pupils come from a White British background; only a small number do not have English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is similar to the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan or statement of special educational needs is larger than found nationally. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is lower than that found in most schools. The school runs a breakfast club on site. The current headteacher was appointed in September 2017. At that time, the school’s management team was reorganised. Several governors, including the chair, have been in post for two years or less.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Pupils do not make enough progress in writing. The standard of writing throughout the school is not high enough. The progress of disadvantaged pupils is too slow because the pupil premium grant is not spent wisely to help disadvantaged pupils catch up. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is not consistently good across the school. As a result, many pupils have gaps in their knowledge. Throughout the school, boys do not achieve as well as girls in reading and writing. The early years requires improvement. Not enough children reach a good level of development, which means that they are not well prepared for Year 1. Over time, leaders and governors have not focused precisely enough on improving outcomes for all groups of pupils. The school has the following strengths: The new headteacher has the confidence of staff, pupils, parents and governors. He and his new leadership team have made a good start in improving teaching and standards. Pupils benefit from a broad and interesting curriculum. They enjoy coming to school and love learning. Progress in reading and mathematics has improved and is now similar to that of most schools nationally. Pupils said that they feel safe and are well looked after by adults. Their parents are confident that the school looks after them well. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are polite and work well with each other and with adults. Pupils usually pay attention well in class.