|Name||Kelvedon St Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||02 February 2016|
|Address||Docwra Road, Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9DS|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||413 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.9%|
Information about this school
Kelvedon St Marys Church of England Academy is a larger than the average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below national averages. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is below national averages. This grant provides funding of pupils who are eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The headteacher and the senior team have successfully created a distinctive, caring ethos in which pupils quickly develop the confidence and skills to thrive academically and socially. Governors have an accurate understanding of the quality of education provided across the academy. They provide very effective support and challenge for the senior leadership team. Teaching is highly effective. Teachers, who know their pupils well, have very high expectations of what they can achieve. They plan learning which is imaginative and enthuses all pupils. Teaching assistants play a significant role in supporting pupils’ learning. Their skilful questioning enables the pupils they support to make excellent progress. Pupils’ personal development and welfare is exceptionally well provided for. Leaders take great care to ensure that pupils’ emotional and social skills are well developed. As a result, pupils are resilient and responsible learners. This is a happy school where pupils feel extremely safe, and are safe. This is due to the highly effective strategies taken by leaders to ensure that the academy is a warm, welcoming and secure place to learn. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They demonstrate enthusiasm and maturity in their learning and when at play. Highly positive relationships create an atmosphere in which pupils are not afraid to challenge themselves to achieve their best. Pupils achieve well throughout the academy. From their individual starting points, they make rapid and sustained progress. Disabled pupils and those with special education needs are very well provided for. As a result, they make outstanding progress from their individual starting points. Disadvantaged pupils achieve well. This is due to leaders’ effective allocation of government funding to support pupils who may need extra support. Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and culture development is a strength of the academy. The rich range of subjects and activities broaden pupils’ understanding of the world in which they live. Children in the early years make rapid progress. This is due to the very high quality of teaching and care provided for them.