Downham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School


Name Downham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Website http://www.downhamschool.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 June 2016
Address Church Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1NU
Phone Number 01268710387
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 230 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Percentage Free School Meals 5.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. All classes in the school are mixed-age; Reception and Year 1, two classes of Years 1 and 2, two classes of Years 3 and 4, one class of Years 4 and 5, and two classes of Years 5 and 6. The school has two headteachers. One works Monday to Wednesday, the other Wednesday to Friday. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is well below average. This is additional funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The overall proportion of pupils who receive support for their special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. However, the proportion with more significant needs who hold an education, health and care plan, or statement of special educational needs, is well above 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. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Downham Primary is a good school. It has improved significantly since the previous inspection. The school continues to develop at a good pace because of the ambition and determination of all school leaders, including governors. The governors’ accurate view of the school helps ensure that pupils benefit from a good education. The joint headteachers and their deputy have complementary skills and form an effective team. The skilled phase leaders drive improvements in the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievements. The school has rightly earned a reputation for enabling pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities to thrive. Extra help is carefully matched to each pupil’s needs. The school works closely with parents so home and school act as one. Pupils make good progress because teaching is good. Feedback, including marking, gives pupils a much clearer idea of how to improve than at the time of the previous inspection. Capable, well-trained teaching assistants support pupils’ learning effectively. Pupils’ personal development is outstanding. They demonstrate very positive attitudes to learning, try their best and work together harmoniously. Classrooms are a hive of purposeful activity because pupils behave well and listen attentively. Pupils say they feel safe and happy at school, and that they are well cared for by staff. Early years provision is good. Children make good progress and are well prepared for Year 1. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not of a similarly high standard throughout the school. Some teachers do not expect pupils to spell to the best standard they can in their general writing. Pupils do not have sufficient opportunities to work scientifically. Foundation subject leaders are yet to make significant impact on standards in their subjects.