Chipping Ongar Primary School

Name Chipping Ongar Primary School
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 29 April 2014
Address Greensted Road, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9LA
Phone Number 01277363789
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.7
Academy Sponsor Bridge Academy Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 9.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 8.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 2.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is below average in size for a primary school, although numbers have risen by about 10% in the last year. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds with a few from a range of other ethnic heritages. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is broadly average, but varies considerably between age-groups. The pupil premium is extra government funding given to support the education of particular pupils, principally those known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is above average. The proportion of such pupils supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is below average. More pupils than nationally start at the school or leave at other than the usual times. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. A privately run pre-school provision uses accommodation at the school. This provision is inspected and reported upon separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, governors and staff have worked effectively with the help of the local authority to improve greatly the consistency of teaching and progress in the last year. Achievement is now good across the school because teaching is good. Pupils develop good skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Teachers give different work to pupils of different abilities, so that usually tasks are challenging but manageable. Children get off to a particularly good start in the Reception class. Teachers manage classes well, ensuring that pupils concentrate and no time is wasted. Teachers explain things clearly to pupils, often showing them by example what they need to do. The school is very effective in ensuring that all pupils, regardless of their ability or background, make good progress and are fully involved in all aspects of school life. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They get on well with each other and with staff, and enjoy all aspects of school. Pupils enjoy the wide range of activities provided, particularly in sports. Pupils feel safe in school and have great confidence that the adults will take care of them. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers occasionally give some pupils work that is too easy for them, or provide tasks that some find too difficult. Teachers do not always encourage pupils to seek help quickly when they are puzzled. Pupils do not have enough opportunities to use their skills in writing and mathematics in other subjects. This is a particular issue in science.