All Saints Church of England Primary School, Freshwater

Name All Saints Church of England Primary School, Freshwater
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 03 May 2017
Address School Green Road, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9AX
Phone Number 01983753267
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 87 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Percentage Free School Meals 16.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%

Information about this school

All Saints Church of England Primary School, Freshwater, is a much smaller-than- average-sized school. It has four mixed-year classes. The vast majority of pupils are from a White British background. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below that seen nationally. The proportion of pupils who qualify for the pupil premium is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities was well above the national average, but has reduced to be broadly average. The proportion of pupils who join or leave the school during the year is well above average. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school did not meet the current government floor standards in 2016, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the last inspection there have been several changes in staff, including at senior leadership level. Leaders have experienced difficulties in recruitment of staff due to the school’s geographical location. The school receives support from Halterworth Consortium.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Over time, significant turbulence in staffing has hampered leaders’ and governors’ attempts to raise standards, particularly in mathematics and phonics. Some leaders, who are relatively new, do not evaluate the impact of their actions carefully enough. They do not always know precisely which actions are making a positive difference to pupils’ outcomes. The most able pupils do not always achieve as well as they should. Some teaching does not challenge pupils to think more deeply about their learning. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities do not make the progress they are capable of. The quality of teaching is variable across the school. Although a focus on strengthening lesson planning has secured improvements in writing and reading, this has not filtered through securely to the teaching of other subjects. A legacy of staff changes has meant that some pupils have not made enough progress in key stage 1 across all subjects. The school has the following strengths Leaders and governors have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. Plans are focused on the right things to further improve the school. Children in Reception make strong progress. The imaginatively designed environment meets children’s needs and interests well. Children are keen and enthusiastic about their learning. Achievement by the end of key stage 2 in reading and writing is in line with pupils nationally. The headteacher’s thorough monitoring and support are improving teachers’ and leaders’ skills. As a result, the quality of teaching and learning is improving. Leaders have worked effectively to highlight the importance of regular attendance. Pupils’ attendance is now good. Disadvantaged pupils make good progress. This is because staff understand their needs well. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are supported effectively. Pupils are well behaved and friendly towards each other.