Etching Hill CofE (C) Primary School

Name Etching Hill CofE (C) Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 November 2013
Address Penk Drive, Etching Hill, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2XY
Phone Number 01889221864
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 366 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Percentage Free School Meals 6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.3%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized-primary school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives additional funding, known as the pupil premium, is below average. This funding is, for example, for children in local authority care, and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils who come from minority ethnic backgrounds is well below average, as is the proportion who speak English as an additional language. The school meets the government’s current floor targets, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school has its own before- and after-school clubs. A privately-run pre-school, which is inspected separately, shares a room with the school’s own Nursery.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. School leaders manage teachers’ performance well. They have successfully improved teaching and learning since the previous inspection by training staff to reflect on their practice and play a full part in improving outcomes for the pupils. Pupils achieve well. This is because teaching is good, pupils want to learn and do well, and staff work as a cohesive team to make learning continuous and effective for them. Although attainment is still average in Year 2 and Year 6, it is higher than at the previous inspection and continues to improve. An increasing proportion of pupils are working at standards above those expected for their age. Pupils behave well. They are proud of their school, feel safe and well-cared-for, and are very respectful and caring towards others. They are particularly proud of achieving the ‘Rights Respecting School’ award and try hard to live up to it. Parents are very satisfied with the school and what it does for their children. Almost all say their children are happy and safe, and that they are taught to behave well. Governors support and challenge the school in equal measure. They are well informed about its work, understand data, ask searching questions about it, and join the leadership team in checking teaching and learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to secure outstanding progress for the pupils. Weaknesses in spelling spoil the quality of pupils’ writing, and opportunities are missed to reinforce key writing points when marking pupils’ work. Pupils do not systematically use and apply their mathematical skills in different subjects. They are not sufficiently encouraged to do so. Higher attaining pupils are not always moved onto their tasks soon enough in lessons to give them the opportunity to take their learning even further.