|Name||Maldon Primary School Closed|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||16 January 2013|
|Address||Wantz Chase, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DQ|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|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.