Langley Mill CofE Infant School and Nursery


Name Langley Mill CofE Infant School and Nursery
Website http://www.langleymillinfantschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 November 2010
Address Sedgwick Street, Langley Mill, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG16 4DT
Phone Number 01773713429
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 115 (49% boys 51% girls)
Local Authority Derbyshire
Percentage Free School Meals 28.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about the school

The school is smaller than most infant schools. An above average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals. Few pupils are from minority ethnic groups. An above average proportion of pupils is identified as having a special educational needs and/or disabilities; currently no pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school is providing for an increasing number of pupils whose circumstances make them potentially vulnerable. Additionally, an above-average proportion of pupils joins or leaves the school other than at the normal times of the year. A significant number of staff who were in key roles at the time of the previous inspection have left the school. The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of separate Nursery and Reception classes. The school provides a breakfast club.

Main findings

Langley Mill C of E Infant and Nursery School is a good school that is continually improving. Pupils, governors and staff are proud of the school. This is no wonder, because : its warm, welcoming atmosphere shines through and allows pupils to feel exceptionally safe. The outstanding care, guidance and support, which it provides for every pupil, are at the heart of its work. As a result, pupils are able to access all the school has to offer and achieve well. They are enabled to make an outstanding contribution to the school community and are keen to help the school and each other. Children get off to a good start when they join the school. The curriculum in the Nursery is outstanding however it is not always replicated across the Early Years Foundation Stage. Occasionally there is not always such a clear purpose to the activities that children choose for themselves, and children do not always have enough opportunities to practise their reading and writing skills while working independently. When pupils join the school in the Nursery class, their skills are often well below those expected for their age, but by the time they leave the school at the end of Year 2 they have caught up with other children. Their attainment is similar to the national average. Pupils make good progress because of good teaching combined with an outstanding curriculum in Years 1 and 2. Lessons are lively and exciting and the activities provided are closely matched to pupils’ interests. From time to time, the work set is not finely matched to needs of more-able pupils and, on these occasions, their progress slows down. Despite having to manage a number of staff changes and provide for an increasing number of pupils whose circumstances make them potentially vulnerable, the school has improved important areas of its work. It has taken the changing needs of the pupils fully into account and has enhanced the curriculum and the quality of the care, guidance and support it provides. The headteacher’s excellent leadership, which includes an ambitious vision and high expectations, has been pivotal in driving improvement. However, the whole school team including governors share her high aspirations because they are all fully involved in evaluating the work of the school and planning for improvements. The school’s good record of continuous improvement and dedication to developing the very best education for every pupil indicates a good capacity to secure future improvements.