High Ongar Primary School

Name High Ongar Primary School
Website http://www.highongar.essex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 16 April 2015
Address The Street, High Ongar, Essex, CM5 9NB
Phone Number 01277363761
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 141 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.0
Academy Sponsor Bridge Academy Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 4.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.7%
Persisitent Absence 5.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. Pupils are taught in five mixed aged classes and all children in the early years Reception class attend full-time. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium is lower than in most schools. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those 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. Since the last inspection a new early years teacher has been appointed.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, school leaders and governors are providing good leadership, which has led to marked improvements in teaching, pupils’ achievement and early years provision since the last inspection. The school is continuing to improve. Leaders promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and their understanding of British values well. Pupils’ safety and well-being are exceptionally well promoted. Staff ensure that pupils are always safe and secure. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They behave well in lessons and their conduct around the school is excellent. They have positive attitudes to school. Their attendance is above average. Teachers’ questioning to deepen pupils’ thinking is good. They plan interesting activities to motivate pupils. Teaching assistants provide good support for pupils’ learning. Pupils throughout the school are making good progress. Pupils who left Year 6, in 2014, were well prepared for secondary school. The early years provision is well led, teaching is good, learning opportunities are carefully planned and children’s safety and well-being promoted exceptionally well. As a result, children feel happy, safe and secure and they are making good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally teachers set pupils’ tasks which they find too difficult or too easy. Teachers do not always check that pupils are responding to the good advice they are given to improve their writing.