Earsham CE VA Primary School

Name Earsham CE VA Primary School
Website http://www.earsham.norfolk.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 January 2016
Address School Road, Earsham, Earsham Primary School, the Street, Nr Bungay, Suffolk
Phone Number 01986892557
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 100 (43% boys 57% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6%

Information about this school

In September 2012, the school changed from a first school to a primary school. There is a class for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, a Key Stage 1 class and two classes for pupils in Key Stage 2. A nurture class supports pupils across the school each afternoon. The proportion of pupils identified by the school as being disabled or having a special educational need is higher than the national average. Approximately 20% of pupils are known to be entitled to the pupil premium, which is below the national average. (Pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority.) At the time of the previous inspection, the current headteacher was the acting headteacher. All teachers are new since the previous inspection and there are new governors. Pupils’ performance meets the current government floor standard, which sets a minimum standard that pupils should achieve by the end of Year 6. The school is part of the Norfolk Better to Best programme, which supports school improvement.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Arrangements to safeguard children are effective and staff constantly keep a watchful eye on pupils’ well-being. Pupils make good progress from their individual starting points and have positive attitudes to learning. The headteacher and the Chair of the Governing Body led the school through a significant period of change successfully. The staff and the governing body are very ambitious for pupils to do well and they have an accurate picture of the things that need to improve for teaching and pupils’ performance. Staff, parents and pupils are very positive about the school’s work. Assessments are used well to plan teaching for the next steps for pupils’ learning and to fill gaps in pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is supported well throughout the curriculum, which strongly reflects the school’s religious character. Children in the early years work collaboratively and care a lot about one another. The headteacher is very well-respected throughout the school community for her communication and support. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportions of pupils making more than expected progress are not consistently high across all subjects and year groups. Action plans, monitoring and evaluations of pupils’ performance are not sharply focused on pupils’ achievements. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are sometimes helped too much by adults. Teaching does not provide high-quality opportunities consistently for pupils to apply their learning. Not all curriculum subjects or pupils’ personal development are tracked thoroughly.