Flax Bourton Church of England Primary School


Name Flax Bourton Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.flaxbourton.n-somerset.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 March 2015
Address Station Road, Flax Bourton, Bristol, BS48 1UA
Phone Number 01275464468
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.6
Academy Sponsor Lighthouse Schools Partnership
Local Authority North Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 3.8%

Information about this school

Two headteachers share this position in the school as co-headteachers. One of the current co-headteachers was the previous full-time headteacher. One of the co-headteachers is a local authority school improvement adviser and the other is a Local Leader of Education (LLE). Flax Bourton School is smaller than most primary schools. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils speaking English as an additional language is very low compared to other schools nationally. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is below average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible to receive free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs is just above the national average. There are no disabled pupils at the school. Children in the Reception class attend full time. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Flax Bourton provides a unique range of outstanding educational experiences for all pupils and is highly successful in preparing them for the next stage of their education. During the inspection, a parent said, ‘This really is the most wonderful school!’ The co-headteachers create an excellent team, lead by example and work tirelessly to improve every aspect of the education provided. They leave nothing to chance and will only accept the very best provision for every pupil. Senior and middle leaders support the co-headteachers very effectively and have made strong contributions to improvements to the quality of teaching and achievement. Teaching is frequently outstanding and never less than good in all classes. Teachers use feedback from leaders to effectively improve their lessons. Achievement is outstanding as a result of the relentless drive from all adults to constantly improve the progress of every pupil. The early years is outstanding. Children make excellent progress during Reception and are very well prepared for Year 1. Governors are experienced, highly skilled and forward thinking. They use accurate information to provide robust challenge to leaders and support continued improvements across the school. All pupils are treated as individuals. As a result, disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs are very well provided for and make at least good progress. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is effectively developed by a highly engaging curriculum, along with the rich and caring Christian ethos of the school. Teamwork is evident throughout the school. Staff work together effectively and are committed to supporting every pupil. Learning support assistants are well trained and highly skilled at supporting individual pupils and groups. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and thoroughly enjoy coming to school. They are provided with a range of exciting opportunities to take on leadership responsibilities. There is a very strong sense of community at Flax Bourton. The school works closely with the village and local church. Parents are highly supportive of the school and raise a considerable amount of money for the school to support trips, fun events and buy new equipment, such as reading books. Staff know all pupils very well and place a high priority on maintaining excellent pupil attitudes and safety. Pupils feel very happy and always cared for as a result. One pupil said, ‘We feel happy and safe because you’re with people you know.’