Ely St John’s Community Primary School

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Ely St John’s Community Primary School

Name Ely St John’s Community Primary School
Website http://www.elystjohns.cambs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 February 2015
Address St John’s Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3BW
Phone Number 01353612780
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 461 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.2
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.1%
Persisitent Absence 1.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average sized primary school. Pupils mainly come from White British backgrounds but a significant proportion come from other ethnic backgrounds, including Polish, Portuguese and Indian families. A small proportion speak English as an additional language. Children in early year’s provision are taught full-time in two Reception classes. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is lower than the national average. A much lower than average proportion of pupils is supported by the pupil premium. The pupil premium is additional government funding provided to give extra support to disadvantaged pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Good leadership and management have helped the school to improve since the previous inspection. With good support from staff, the headteacher has brought good improvements to both the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Pupils achieve well and attainment has been rising for the past three years. By the end of Year 6, it is now significantly above average in reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Good teaching enables pupils to acquire new skills quickly. Teachers ensure that pupils work hard and develop a love of learning. Children make good progress in the early year’s provision. They are given calm and sensitive support that leads to children developing good attitudes to their learning and helps them to acquire new skills quickly. Across the school, pupils’ progress is carefully monitored and their needs quickly identified. This enables additional support to be provided so that, for example, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make the same good progress as other pupils. Pupils behave well. They are very enthusiastic about school and their work. They feel extremely safe and show excellent consideration for the needs of others in their behaviour at break times. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school and the various clubs and visits available to them because teachers make learning fun. The governing body provides high quality support and challenge to school leaders. Governors have high expectations and are a key factor in the school’s success. Parents have a very high level of satisfaction with the school. They support it well by raising funds and helping their children with work at home. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is particularly strong. Key values such as respect, citizenship and responsibility are modelled well by staff and are reflected in all aspects of the school’s work. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough support is given to the very small number of disadvantaged pupils of high ability who are in the early years and Key Stage 1, to ensure they always reach their full potential. In a few cases, work is not demanding enough for the most able pupils when they are ready to move on to something more difficult.