Maldon Primary School Closed

Name Maldon Primary School Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 January 2013
Address Wantz Chase, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DQ
Phone Number 01621853409
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 268 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.1
Percentage Free School Meals 36.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.4%

Information about this school

This is a larger than average primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for those looked after by the local authority, those known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families, is above average. Numbers have increased significantly in recent years. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is average, and the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. Numbers have increased substantially in recent years. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The number of pupils who join and leave the school at other than the usual times is well-above average. The school does not use alternative provision off the school site. The school uses the kitchen facilities at the adjacent secondary school on a daily basis. The school runs a breakfast club. The after-school club is not run by the governing body. Since the last inspection, there have been considerable changes to the staff, including at leadership level.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Maldon is an improving school which has successfully resolved concerns raised at the previous inspection. Teaching is now consistently good and is leading to pupils’ better achievement. Leaders, managers and governors have successfully recruited competent staff and made improvements in all key areas. The direction and pace of change are set by the headteacher, whose determination and ambition have rapidly taken the school forward. Teachers help pupils to learn with stimulating materials and methods that engage their interest. As a result, pupils’ skills in reading, writing, communication and mathematics continue to improve. Pupils make good progress, particularly children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. More-able pupils also make good progress. Pupils behave well at all times and their attendance has improved, so that most now attend regularly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of marking and feedback to pupils is not consistently good. Pupils are not always given enough guidance about how to improve their writing. The targets set to direct their learning are not always clear enough to guide them to make better progress. Best practice in teaching and learning is not shared enough across the school, especially in helping pupils to learn together and share ideas.