Blundeston Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Name Blundeston Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 March 2016
Address Church Road, Blundeston, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5AX
Phone Number 01502730488
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 202 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 12.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%

Information about this school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Each year group is taught in one class. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is well below average. The pupil premium is additional funding provided by the government to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disability is broadly average. In 2015, the school met the government’s floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since the previous inspection, all but one of the class teachers are new to the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Blundeston Primary has improved since the previous inspection. Any and all weaknesses are tackled quickly and effectively. Decisive action by the headteacher, supported by the deputy headteacher, has effectively improved teaching and is raising pupils’ achievement. The governing body is very well led. Governors have an accurate view of the school. They successfully challenge and support school leaders. Teaching is good. Previous weaknesses, such as the teaching of mathematics, have been rigorously eradicated. Staff form an effective team, well supported by skilled teaching assistants. Pupils make good progress in their academic and personal development. They are well prepared for secondary school. Classrooms are a hive of purposeful activity because pupils behave well and listen attentively. Pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to learning, try their best and work together harmoniously. Many opportunities are given to pupils to have a real and relevant role in school life. As a result, pupils develop a strong sense of responsibility. Pupils say that they feel safe and happy at school, and that they are well cared for by staff. Pupils, too, look out for one another in the school family. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. Early years provision is outstanding because all children, including the most able, thrive. They make rapid progress and enter Year 1 with above-average achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teachers do not recognise when pupils understand and are ready to move on with their learning. Work is not consistently pitched at the correct level of difficulty for the most-able pupils. A few parents feel that the school does not communicate sufficiently with them.