Belton Church of England Primary School


Name Belton Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.belton.leics.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 November 2013
Address Sadlers Wells, Belton, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 9TS
Phone Number 01530222304
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 104 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Local Authority Leicestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 2.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Children begin the Early Years Foundation Stage when they are four years old. They are taught in three mixed-age class groups. They leave the school at the end of Year 5 to move on to the next stage of their education. Most pupils are from a White British background. A very small minority are known to speak English as an additional language. A lower than average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for funding through the pupil premium (extra money given to the school by the government mainly for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals). The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school’s long-standing headteacher retired at the end of the summer term 2013. An interim headteacher, who has been the school’s senior teacher, is currently leading the school. A breakfast club operates on the school site and is included in this inspection as it operates under the leadership of the governing body. The school is part of a loose federation of other local schools who work together and support each other without formal links.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good overall. Pupils make excellent progress in their development of reading skills. They make good progress in developing writing and mathematics skills. The provision for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good and they make good progress in their learning. The quality of teaching is good and this ensures that almost all pupils make good progress. Teachers quickly get to know the individual needs and interests of pupils in this small village school. Pupils have a very well developed understanding for their age about how to stay safe, and they attend school regularly. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are exceptionally well-motivated learners. This is because they are interested in the topics they learn about and because the quality of teaching is good. The quality of leadership and management is good. Leaders have successfully ensured that the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement have remained good since the last inspection. Concise and well-considered improvement plans indicate that the school is well placed to continue to improve. The governing body has a secure understanding of the school’s performance and is effective in holding leaders to account. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress overall, and particularly in mathematics in Key Stage 2, does not match the outstanding progress they make in developing their reading skills. Staff do not have an agreed strategy about how to teach pupils to calculate numbers. Leaders do not always identify the precise training needs of each member of staff. Subject leaders do not have enough opportunities to observe other teachers in school, to help them to improve their teaching. Teachers do not make the best use of time in a small minority of lessons to check and respond to the progress pupils are making. This means that they miss opportunities to further challenge pupils, particularly the most able.