Buckland Newton Church of England Primary School

About Buckland Newton Church of England Primary School Browse Features

Buckland Newton Church of England Primary School


Name Buckland Newton Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.bucklandnewton.dorset.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 20 June 2012
Address Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BY
Phone Number 01300345393
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 91 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Academy Sponsor Sherborne Area Schools' Trust
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 6.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 6.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a smaller then average-sized primary school. Nearly all pupils come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below the national average. The percentage of pupils at school action plus or with statements of special educational needs is above the national average. These needs include behavioural difficulties and social and emotional problems. There is Early Years Foundation Stage provision in the school’s mixed Year 2, Year 1 and Reception Year class. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school recently opened a pre-school provision on the school site which is managed by the governing body and therefore formed part of this inspection. The school has received several recent awards including Arts Council Goldmark and Rights Respecting School level 2. The headteacher returned to the school in September 2011 following her year-long secondment to the acting headship of another school.

Key findings

This is a good school which prepares pupils well for the next stage of their education. A vast majority of parents and carers correctly believe that the school provides a good quality of education for their children. The school is not outstanding because the quality of teaching is not outstanding. Pupils achieve well. They make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage, although outdoor facilities are limited, and in Years 1 to 4. Pupils then make outstanding progress in Years 5 and 6. By Year 6, attainment is comparable to the national average in reading, writing and mathematics. However, with the exception of Years 5 and 6, pupils’ progress in mathematics is not as strong as it is in reading and writing. The quality of teaching is good overall and of very high quality in Years 5 and 6. Lessons are well matched to pupils’ abilities. Teachers ensure that pupils requiring extra help with their learning receive the support they need to make similar progress to all other pupils. Pupils behave well, enjoy school and have good attitudes to learning. They show respect for the feelings of others and this reflects one aspect of the school’s good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. A small minority of parents and carers believe that some pupils find behaving well difficult in lessons, but pupils say that behaviour in lessons and around the school is good and that they feel very safe. Leadership and management are good, including the leadership of teaching and the management of performance. The headteacher works well with staff and governors to ensure the school regularly analyses its performance in order to improve its effectiveness and to ensure all pupils are always given equal opportunities to succeed.