All Saints Anglican/Methodist Primary School

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All Saints Anglican/Methodist Primary School

Name All Saints Anglican/Methodist Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 06 April 2011
Address Top Street, Elston, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5NP
Phone Number 01636525324
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England/Methodist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.5
Percentage Free School Meals 3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about the school

This smaller-than-average primary school is situated in a rural setting. The majority of pupils are of White British origin, with a small number from other ethnic groups. Nearly all pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. Most of these pupils have physical disabilities, specific learning or behavioural difficulties. There are none with a statement of special educational needs. The school has National Healthy Schools Gold status, and an Arts Council Creative Partnership award. Children are taught in three classes: Reception/Year 1; Years 2/3/4; Years 5 and 6.

Main findings

All Saints Primary is an outstanding school. The headteacher provides outstanding leadership and constantly communicates her vision for excellence. Consequently, the whole staff and the governing body share in this ambition. The use of highly accurate self-evaluation, based on sharply focused monitoring, has led to rapid improvement since the school’s previous inspection. All issues from that inspection have been fully addressed. The highest expectations are apparent in all aspects of the school’s work. The school is maintaining high standards because of outstanding provision and excellent leadership and management, and has excellent capacity for further improvement. The school’s performance in national tests has been significantly above average for the last three years, and current assessments show that these standards are being maintained. Attainment in mathematics is exceptionally high for both girls and boys. Attainment in spoken English and reading is also high. There has been much improvement in writing due to the school focus on boys’ attainment, and this is now very close to the exceptionally high standard reached by most girls. Although the content of both boys’ and girls’ written work is of high quality, it is not consistently matched by high quality presentation. Pupils do not adopt a consistent handwriting style, nor do older pupils consistently present written work in ink. Teaching and learning are outstanding in all three classes. This is because all teachers are highly skilled practitioners who know their pupils well, and plan individual programmes of work for every child in the class, through meticulous use of regular assessment. This is not confined to English and mathematics, but extended to science and all other subjects. Pupils themselves are becoming adept at assessing how well they are doing. As a result, all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, make excellent progress. Planning is excellent, and outstanding use of literacy, numeracy, and information and communication technology (ICT) across the curriculum contributes to pupils’ outstanding achievements in all subjects. Pupils come to school eagerly and punctually, expecting to work hard. Attendance is above average. Pupils say they enjoy learning, and it is obvious that they do from the great pride they take in their achievements. They are very enthusiastic about the motivating curriculum themes, and particularly enjoy practical science, where their skills of scientific enquiry develop at a rapid rate through exciting investigations. The school’s small size is advantageous in establishing a family atmosphere, where everyone is well known and valued. Behaviour is excellent throughout the school, which is a calm and orderly place for learning as a result. Pupils develop as responsible, caring young people, who know how to live safe and healthy lives. Spiritual development is excellent. The values which underpin the school’s ethos enable pupils to gain a clear perspective on life from which to compare and respect other people’s feelings and values. The few pupils from minority ethnic groups, and those learning to speak English as an additional language, are rapidly integrated. They quickly take on responsible posts and their achievement is as excellent as that of their classmates.

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