All Saints Church of England Primary School

Name All Saints Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 17 March 2015
Address All Saints, Axminster, Devon, EX13 7LX
Phone Number 0129732761
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 107 (50% boys 50% girls)
Academy Sponsor Exeter Diocesan Education Network (Eden)
Percentage Free School Meals 2.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost all the pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is close to average. There are extremely few pupils eligible for pupil premium funding, either in Year 6 or in the school as a whole. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after. There are four classes in the school. The Reception children attend full time in a class which also contains some Year 1 pupils. Other pupils in Year 1, and pupils in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, are all taught in three other mixed-age classes. The school meets the floor standards, which are the government’s minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school federated with Beer Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School in October 2013 to form the Ark Federation. The federation has an executive headteacher and a single governing body for the two schools. There have been several staff changes at All Saints since the federation was set up. The school operates a breakfast club and an after-school club. There is a privately-run pre-school on site which did not form part of the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The executive headteacher has been supported well by all staff in his successful drive to improve the school since the previous inspection. Pupils’ attainment is above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. All groups of pupils, including the most able and disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, make good progress across Years 1 to 6. The school’s leadership checks the quality of teaching and learning rigorously. Pupils behave well and feel very safe in school. Attendance has improved and is now above average. Children get a good start to their schooling in Reception and make good progress by the time they join Year 1. They behave outstandingly well. Teaching is good. Teachers mark pupils’ work in detail and with helpful advice. They deploy teaching assistants effectively and succeed in making pupils want to learn. The governing body is knowledgeable, very involved in all school activities and holds the leadership to account very effectively. The school promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well, within a supportive Christian ethos. It also prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain. Most parents agree that the school provides well both for pupils’ academic progress and their personal development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers occasionally do not give the most-able pupils activities which would enable them to make the best possible progress in every lesson. Although pupils’ attainment in writing has improved, progress in writing is not as rapid as in reading and mathematics. Pupils do not have frequent enough opportunities to write at greater length and in more depth outside of English lessons. Staff do not ensure that all pupils take enough pride in the quality of their handwriting and presentation of their work.