Marsh Baldon Church of England Controlled School


Name Marsh Baldon Church of England Controlled School
Website http://www.marshbaldonschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 September 2018
Address The Green, Marsh Baldon, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX44 9LJ
Phone Number 01865343249
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 50 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.8
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8%

Information about this school

Marsh Baldon is a small primary school with pupils organised into three mixed-age classes. The school is designated a Church of England school. Its last section 48 inspection took place in January 2016. Most pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. There has been a period of staffing changes at the school. The headteacher and one of the three teachers joined the school in September 2017. Another teacher and a teaching assistant had only just joined the school at the time of this inspection. At the time of the previous inspection, the governing body had been replaced by an interim executive board. Since then, a new governing body has been formed. The school has received formal support from the local authority and the Oxfordshire Diocese.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has inspired staff to raise their expectations. She has led rapid improvements to behaviour and the quality of education. Consequently, pupils’ outcomes have quickly improved. The highly dedicated team of governors has very effectively supported school improvement. Governors are knowledgeable about the school and understand the strengths and the areas that still need to improve. The school has been very ably supported by the local authority and diocese, and has benefited from collaborating with a network of other schools. This has significantly improved subject leadership and enabled better provision in English, mathematics and in the early years. Pupils make good progress in all year groups. Outcomes at the end of the early years and key stages 1 and 2 have improved. They are in line with the national averages. However, too few pupils achieve the higher standard in mathematics by the end of key stage 2. Teachers’ improved planning and questioning skills motivate and engage pupils. Pupils are proud of their work. Marsh Baldon’s recently improved curriculum now offers a more engaging, richer range of experiences and activities. However, the most able pupils are not consistently challenged in science, or across the wider curriculum. The personal development and welfare of pupils are at the heart of all that the school does. All pupils are very well cared for in this happy and friendly village school. Staff ensure that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the centre of everything they do. Consequently, pupils are well prepared for their next steps in education and life in modern, diverse Britain. Attendance has improved and is above the national average. Children in the early years get a good start to their education. Recently improved monitoring has improved the quality of teaching and learning but this is not yet fully embedded. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make strong progress in their learning. This is a result of the carefully tailored support they receive.