Manor Infant School


Name Manor Infant School
Website http://www.manor-inf.hants.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 21 March 2011
Address Fernhill Road, Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 9DX
Phone Number 01252543348
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 16.9%

Information about the school

This is a slightly smaller-than-average primary school. Most of the pupils are of White British heritage. A few pupils speak English as an additional language, but very few are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. A small number of deaf pupils attend the school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is average. Pupil numbers have increased since the last inspection. The school has a range of awards, including the Activemark, and Healthy School status. A breakfast and after-school club is run by a private company in partnership with the school and the adjoining junior school. This was not part of the inspection.

Main findings

Manor Infant is an outstanding school. The headteacher and staff have maintained and built upon the strengths identified in the last inspection. All pupils are highly valued and have equal access to the activities provided. Outstanding care, guidance and support and a highly effective curriculum make a considerable contribution to pupils’ personal development. Pupils are extremely courteous, friendly and relate very well to adults and to their peers. Their behaviour in lessons and around the school is often exemplary. Pupils feel particularly safe because of the first-rate attention given to safeguarding, and show an excellent understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Pupils make an outstanding contribution to the school and the wider community. The school engages very successfully with parents and carers, who are delighted with the care and education provided for their children. Typical comments included, ’very impressed with the school’ and ’very happy with all aspects of Manor Infant School’. Pupils achieve well because of consistently good teaching. Positive steps have been taken to improve attendance, which is now above average. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress in all areas of learning. Good progress continues in Years 1 and 2. Pupils’ attainment by the end of Year 2 is above average but few pupils reach the higher Level 3 in writing. There are positive signs that this situation is improving, but pupils do not always have sufficient opportunities to write extended pieces in a range of subjects and a number of able Year 2 writers do not write with a fluent and joined hand..... Teachers create a positive classroom climate for learning. Their explanations, instructions and questioning promote learning well. Assessment is used effectively to plan teaching and to match tasks to pupils’ abilities. As a result pupils, including the most able, are usually challenged well and make good progress. Pupils know how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve because they are set specific individual learning targets for writing and mathematics. The headteacher provides extremely good leadership, and is well supported by the recently formed senior leadership team. All leaders are effectively engaged in reviewing performance and improving their areas of responsibility. Through systematic self-evaluation, the school knows its strengths and takes effective action to bring about improvements. Since the last inspection, the curriculum and care, guidance and support have improved from good to outstanding and this has had a positive impact on the outcomes for pupils. The school has a good capacity for sustained further improvement.