All Saints Church of England Primary School and Nursery, Bishop’s Stortford

Name All Saints Church of England Primary School and Nursery, Bishop’s Stortford
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 May 2014
Address Parsonage Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 5BE
Phone Number 01279836006
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 219 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.0
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.6%

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized primary school, with one Nursery class. The vast majority of pupils attending the school are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium is well below average. This is extra government funding given to the school to be used for those pupils known to be or who have been eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. The school runs a breakfast club. A new headteacher has been appointed since the last inspection. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, supported by staff and governors, has established a culture of high expectations in which pupils make good progress. Pupils make good progress in mathematics and English, particularly reading, and reach standards that are above average by the end of Year 6. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes make good progress. They settle quickly and happily into the school’s routines. As a result of the well-planned teaching and effective support they receive, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress. Teaching is consistently at least good and some is outstanding. Teachers make good use of questioning to probe and extend pupils’ learning. Behaviour and the school’s work to keep pupils safe are outstanding. The strong, positive relationships between adults and pupils support the outstanding attitudes to learning that pupils show in lessons and around the school. The school makes excellent contributions to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is one of its strengths. Parents and carers have many opportunities to be actively involved in the school. There are strong links with the local community. The governing body makes a marked contribution to the success of the school. They have an accurate view of the school’s performance and are not afraid to ask demanding questions to hold the school to account. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Progress in writing is slower than reading and mathematics. Pupils do not practise writing enough in topic work, and teachers do not mark topic work consistently well. Teachers check how well pupils understand in lessons, but do not always adapt the work in response. Pupils do not always act on advice teachers give them in marking.