Erpingham Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School


Name Erpingham Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.erpinghamprimaryschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 February 2014
Address School Road, Erpingham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 7QY
Phone Number 01263761365
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 55 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.7
Percentage Free School Meals 3.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

This is a much smaller-than-average primary school. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion from minority ethnic groups is well below average. The school operates a ‘flexi-schooling’ system. Pupils are authorised to attend the school for three or four days and are home educated for the rest of the week. Half of the schools’ pupils have a ‘flexi-school’ timetable. Pupils are taught in two mixed aged classes. One class for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and another for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. It was above average in 2013. No pupils are currently supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs. This figure was above average in 2013. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which in this school provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is well below average. There were too few Year 6 pupils in 2013 to comment on whether the school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The majority of pupils join the school at times other than the start of the school year; many of these have not previously received formal schooling. September 2013 was the first time in recent years that the school has had a full intake join at the start of Reception. The school works in informal partnership with Gresham Village Primary School. The two schools have pooled additional government funding for primary school sport, and pupils from Erpingham visit Gresham every Friday for PE lessons.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher has developed a strong, committed and effective team of staff and governors. Frequent checks on teaching and good training opportunities are used effectively to improve the quality of teaching and achievement. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The ‘flexi-school’ timetable, used to allow individual pupils to be partly home educated, works very well. Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. Activities are interesting and carefully planned to help each pupil build on their learning and progress well. Pupils behave well and feel safe in class and around the school. The development of a successful ‘leadership partnership’ with two other local schools has enabled the headteacher to closely monitor how well the school is performing. Excellent relationships exist between the school and parents. Many parents volunteer to provide pupils with wide ranging experiences in music, art and drama. This contributes to pupils’ strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils new to the school receive good support; they settle quickly and make good progress during their time in school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not plan investigations for pupils, especially the more able, to ‘use and apply’ their mathematical skills sufficiently, and this sometimes limits their progress. Marking does not always show pupils how to make their work better.