John Blow Primary School


Name John Blow Primary School
Website http://www.collingham.notts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 January 2013
Address Snowdon Road, Collingham, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 7PT
Phone Number 01636892485
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 182 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Percentage Free School Meals 3.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.3%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The vast majority of the pupils are of White British heritage and very few are learning English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for whom the school is receiving additional funding (the pupil premium) is well below average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is well below average. As is the proportion supported at school action plus. No pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher provides support in aspects of leadership to other schools in the area. No pupils attend alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The good leadership of the headteacher, senior leaders and governing body has secured good teaching and pupil achievement. The area for development linked to checking the quality of pupils’ work that was highlighted at the last inspection has been successfully addressed. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The quality of teaching is typically good and some is outstanding. The support provided for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is good and makes sure that they make good progress and achieve as well as other pupils. Attendance is above average. Staff performance is managed well. Weaknesses in teaching are tackled and improvements secured. Teachers at different stages of their careers are given appropriate training and support to enable them to carry out their roles well. Relationships throughout the school are very positive and support pupils’ learning and personal development. Opportunities to promote pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are woven through the planning of subjects and reinforced through the day-to-day activities in school. Pupils feel safe in school and behave well in lessons, at playtime and during other activities they take part in. Pupils take pride in their school and their work. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ marking in mathematics does not always give pupils clear information about what they have done well and what they need to learn next. Pupils in different classes are not all given good opportunities to use and develop their reading, writing and mathematics skills in subjects other than English and mathematics. Although pupils frequently work in pairs, they have too few opportunities to support each other in their learning by working together in small groups.