|Name||John T Rice Infant and Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||07 March 2018|
|Address||Braemar Road, Forest Town, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 0LL|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||195 (55% boys 45% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||21.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.1%|
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average-sized school of this type. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is well below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Senior leaders and governors have a strong vision that puts pupils first. They maintain a focus on personal development and well-being. From typically low and some very low starting points, pupils make good progress. Standards are in line with national averages at the end of key stage 1. The school’s cohesive approach to developing communication and language through role play is enriching pupils’ vocabulary. Parents and carers are happy with the progress their children make and said that they are well looked after in school. A warm, hospitable environment lets pupils know they are valued. The nurturing environment supports pupils in gaining confidence so they are able to take on roles of responsibility. This prepares them well for the next stage of their education and for life in modern Britain. Behaviour is good. Pupils mix well, are helpful and are respectful of each other. An established culture of safeguarding means that pupils feel safe. Safeguarding policies and procedures are effective. The curriculum has been enhanced through a ‘challenge’ approach. Thematic learning engages pupils and captures their interest. Efficient use of pupil premium funds means that all pupils are included on enrichment visits and benefit from the experiences. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are mostly positive. Leaders are aware that boys’ attitudes to learning are not as positive as they should be and have begun to tackle this issue. Teachers have high expectations and ask probing questions to deepen understanding. They provide clear feedback to help pupils improve their work. Governors have a clear understanding of the school. Measures for success in action plans, however, are not detailed enough. This makes it difficult for the governing body to check the impact of initiatives on pupils’ achievement. Provision in the early years is well matched to the needs of the children. They make good progress from the start of their schooling. The outdoor environment is a valuable but underused resource.