Madley Brook Community Primary School


Name Madley Brook Community Primary School
Website http://www.madleybrook.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 November 2013
Address At the Bronze Barrow, Cedar Drive, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 1AR
Phone Number 01993862976
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 341 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Academy Sponsor River Learning Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 3.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7%

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. Almost all pupils are of White British origin. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is low. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. There is a nursery which was inspected as part of this inspection. The school shares an integrated site with Springfield School, a special school for pupils aged three to 11 years. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders have taken decisive steps to improve teaching. As a result all groups of pupils are now making good progress across the school. Pupils reach above average standards in English and mathematics by the time they leave the school in Year 6. This represents good achievement from their low starting points. Children enter the Nursery with skills and abilities which are below, and sometimes well below, those that are typically expected for their age. They have a good start to their education and make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The quality of teaching is good overall, with some that is outstanding, because most teachers plan lessons which make learning active and enjoyable. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are strong, their behaviour is good, pupils feel safe and they want to do well. Pupil premium funding is used effectively to support the achievement of pupils who are entitled to it. As a result, the gap in the standards reached between this group of pupils and others in the school is narrowing rapidly. Leaders and governors have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and what needs to be done to make further improvements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding to enable even more pupils to reach the higher levels. Teaching is not outstanding because, in some lessons, high attainers are not challenged enough and teachers’ marking does not fully help all pupils to improve their work. Some teachers do not check how well pupils make progress often enough during lessons, so work is not always challenging enough for the whole lesson.