Marcham Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School


Name Marcham Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School
Website http://www.marcham.oxon.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 April 2014
Address Morland Road, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6PY
Phone Number 01865391448
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 144 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Percentage Free School Meals 9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.3%

Information about this school

This is a much smaller than average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British origin. There is an average proportion from a range of other minority ethnic groups, and just over half of these are learning English as an additional language. There are very few pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium. Pupil premium is additional funding for those known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and children that are looked after. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. Marcham Pre-school is on the school site. The school does not use any alternative provision. 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. This is a school which fulfils its aim to be a ‘caring, collaborative community where learning is fun’. Pupils make good progress and two thirds achieve at the higher Level 5 in reading by the time they leave; nearly half achieve this level in mathematics and writing as well. This is a significant improvement since the previous inspection. Teaching provides interesting and motivating lessons that enable pupils to learn well. Class teaching teams work cohesively together and know individual pupils well so that they all make good progress. Pupils work well together and they all expect each other to behave well. There are high-quality relationships and mutual respect at all levels across the school. Pupils say that they feel safe in the school. Leaders and managers, including the governing body, have made sure that pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching have improved since the previous inspection. Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is outstanding. This is exemplified in their clear understanding of the Christian values of this school and the way that they treat each other. It is not yet an outstanding school because: There is not yet a sufficient proportion of outstanding teaching that rapidly adjusts learning in lessons as soon as pupils show that they understand. Those with recent responsibilities for improvements across the school have not yet fully evaluated what has happened as a result.