|Name||Lovington Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||23 May 2012|
|Address||Lovington, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7PX|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||2.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
This school is much smaller than average. Since the previous inspection it has reduced from three to two classes and a new headteacher was appointed four years ago. The school serves principally the local village, but a significant number of pupils attend from nearby villages and towns. The vast majority of pupils are White British. Many more pupils than usual join or leave the school other than at the normal times. The proportion of pupils known to be entitled to free school meals is below average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The main needs are behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, and specific learning difficulties. The school manages a breakfast club. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
This is good school where pupils achieve well. It is not outstanding because : achievement in writing is not as good as it is in reading and mathematics. In addition, leadership and management of the Early Years Foundation Stage are not quite as strong as other aspects of leadership and management. All of the large percentage of parents and carers who completed questionnaires would recommend this school. Children make good progress in most aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage, but progress in knowledge and understanding of the world is not quite as strong. By the end of Year 6 pupils make good progress and attain standards that are above average overall and well above in mathematics. Attainment in writing is broadly average overall because not enough of the more-able pupils are attaining the higher standards of which they are capable. The quality of teaching is good and contributes well to pupils’ good learning. A small amount is of inconsistent quality, especially in writing where some lessons do not challenge all pupils well enough. In a few lessons, the pace of learning is not brisk enough. In the Early Years Foundation Stage activities planned for outdoors are not linked closely enough to the main themes of lessons. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. The school is very effective at promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral and social education. As a result, pupils’ exemplary behaviour contributes very well to learning. Pupils are kept very safe and understand how to stay safe. Leadership and management are good. The school has an accurate view of its strengths and weaknesses and uses the information well to plan school improvement. Performance management is used well to target professional development to improve the quality of teaching. New subject leaders are proving effective in helping to raise pupils’ achievement.