Exhall Cedars Infant School


Name Exhall Cedars Infant School
Website http://www.exhallcedars.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 June 2014
Address Trenance Road, Exhall, Coventry, West Midlands, CV7 9FJ
Phone Number 02476316034
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 205 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.7
Percentage Free School Meals 8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 40%

Information about this school

This is an average sized primary school. While the majority of the pupils are White British, about forty percent of the pupils are from minority ethnic groups, the largest group being Indian. Approximately one third of pupils speak English as an additional language, and this is high when compared to schools nationally. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special needs supported through school action is well below the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special needs is about the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is around the national average. This is extra government funding for particular groups, including pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The school has a breakfast club on site which is privately run, and was not part of this inspection. The school is a member of a consortium of fourteen schools who offer professional support to each other. Pupils leave the school at the end of Year 2 so the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress, do not apply.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Good teaching is having a positive impact on pupils’ increasingly successful learning. Pupils achieve well. They make good progress from their low starting points when they join the Early Years Foundation Stage to reach average standards at the end of Year 2. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes receive a good start to their school life in a vibrant and creative environment, making very good progress so that their skills are well developed by the time they start in Year 1. Pupils are proud of their school. They are respectful of others. They feel safe in school because they know they are well cared for. Their behaviour is good around the school and in lessons, where they demonstrate positive attitudes towards their learning. Teaching assistants skilfully support pupils’ learning in lessons, ensuring that they do well. The headteacher provides the school with effective leadership. Together with her team, she has successfully improved the teaching and learning while maintaining a culture where everyone is expected to do their best. Governors challenge leaders well. They successfully support the headteacher in her quest to continually improve the quality of education pupils receive and improve the future life chances for all of the pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The school does not draw enough on the best teaching in order to learn from this and increase the amount of outstanding teaching. At times, boys make slower progress than girls in writing and communication. Occasionally, teachers do not amend or adjust their teaching when pupils, particularly those who are most able, are finding the work too easy. As a result, a few lose interest and therefore do not make the progress of which they are capable.