Edwinstowe CofE Primary School

Name Edwinstowe CofE Primary School
Website http://www.st-maryscofe.notts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 September 2014
Address Paddock Close, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9LP
Phone Number 01623822518
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 111 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Percentage Free School Meals 1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.7%

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than most primary schools. Pupils are taught in mixed-age classes throughout the school. Most pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of pupils known to be disadvantaged and therefore supported through the pupil premium is below average. (The pupil premium funding is additional funding for those pupils who are eligible for free school meals and those children that are looked after by the local authority). A larger proportion of pupils than nationally joined and left the school at times other than expected last year, in two of the four year groups. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is in a partnership with the Dukeries Academy and is a member of the Minster Teaching Schools Alliance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well throughout the school. They make good progress, including in English and mathematics. Standards are consistently above average in reading and mathematics. The Early Years Foundation Stage provides children with a good start to their education. They make good progress and an above average proportion reach a good level of development. Teaching throughout the school is good and a small amount is outstanding. The school uses its accurate knowledge of the pupils’ ability, from regular assessments of their learning, to enable them to learn well. The headteacher provides strong leadership. Senior and subject leaders support her in driving improvements in teaching, achievement and in the curriculum. Governance is very good. The governors know a lot about the school, from their own checks. They know how well pupils achieve and where teaching is most effective. Pupils behave well and feel safe in the secure environment. They treat each other fairly and equally, reflecting the Christian ethos which is the foundation of the school’s work. Pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development is promoted very well. Their cultural understanding is supported increasingly well through teaching and the school’s ethos. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in writing are lower than in reading and mathematics and progress is less consistent through the school. Pupils’ spelling skills are not taught effectively and pull down writing standards. Pupils do not have sufficiently well-planned opportunities to practise their writing skills in other lessons and to write at length. Presentation and layout of work, although improving, is variable. Outdoor resources and activities in the Early Years Foundation Stage do not always give the children the best possible opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in all areas of learning.