Kendall Church of England Primary School

Name Kendall Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2014
Address Recreation Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2HH
Phone Number 01206794634
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.7
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 15.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

This is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is around the national average. About half of these speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is high. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is high. A much higher proportion of pupils than average join or leave the school at times other than the usual. The school is supported by a Local Leader of Education from Mersea Island School. Further support is provided for teachers through the Lee Chapel Academy Trust Teaching School Alliance. The school provides a breakfast club managed by the governing body. The school shares the site with Puddleducks Pre-school Colchester Limited. This is inspected separately. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Since the previous inspection, the school has had two monitoring visits by HMI. There have been some significant changes in teaching staff, including the appointment of a deputy headteacher in January 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Schools leaders have forged successful partnerships which have made the quality of teaching consistently good and improved achievement. Good links with the local authority, the diocese and partner schools have helped leaders to be more ambitious for the school and improved teachers’ expectations. Achievement is rising, and pupils are making quicker progress as a result of better teaching. As a consequence, attainment at the end of Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics is above the national average. Attainment at the end of Year 2 is also rising. Pupils behave with care and consideration for each other. They use the core values of the school to guide them to show respect towards others who are different to them. Pupils say they feel safe and most parents agree with them. This helps the school to be a warm and friendly community. Attendance has risen to the national average. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Progress in writing at Key Stage 1 has not been as fast for some groups of pupils as it is in other subjects. Some teachers, particularly in Key Stage 1, do not make clear enough to pupils what is expected of them and what they need to do to write really well. Teachers do not sufficiently encourage pupils to extend their vocabulary and make better use of formal rather than colloquial English. The needs of pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable are not always assessed on entry to the school carefully enough so that they can be quickly met.