|Name||Benington Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||06 November 2018|
|Address||Walkern Road, Benington, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 7LP|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||95 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
Benington is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are four classes: one class for Reception children and three mixed-age classes for pupils in Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. The headteacher was appointed in 2017. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium funding is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Since her appointment in 2017, the headteacher has set high expectations for the direction and educational achievement of pupils at the school. Leaders have created a culture of trust across the school. There is a strong team ethic committed to development and improvement. Consequently, staff morale is high. Leaders and governors have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. They use their evaluations well to identify actions to improve the school. The quality of teaching is consistently good. Teachers use their subject knowledge well to plan exciting lessons and promote pupils’ curiosity. Pupils behave well. The school’s key values of generosity, compassion and courage permeate pupils’ actions and relationships. This creates a strong sense of community across the school. Children make a good start to their education. They settle quickly because of the high expectations and well-established routines. Parents and carers are pleased with the provision and with the teaching children receive, which helps them make good progress. Safeguarding is effective because staff are vigilant in keeping pupils safe. Pupils enjoy reading and practise regularly to improve their fluency. They have access to high-quality texts, which is developing their range of vocabulary. Teachers are using their skills well to secure pupils’ understanding of mathematical concepts. At times, the most able pupils are not sufficiently challenged in lessons. Pupils are enthusiastic writers. They receive good advice on how to improve their writing. However, handwriting skills are not taught systematically. This means that pupils’ work is not consistently well presented. Benington’s curriculum is well planned and offers exciting and engaging experiences for the pupils. However, the most able are not consistently challenged across the wider curriculum. The effectiveness of teaching assistants is too variable. Teachers do not always deploy them well to maximise the progress pupils make during the lesson.