Norton-sub-Hamdon Church of England Primary School


Name Norton-sub-Hamdon Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.nortonsubhamdonprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 May 2013
Address New Road, Norton-sub-Hamdon, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Somerset, TA14 6SF
Phone Number 01935881815
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 113 (62% boys 38% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.7
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 9.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%

Information about this school

Norton-sub-Hamdon is a smaller than average-sized primary school. It is federated with West Chinnock Primary School and the headteacher and governors lead both schools. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for specific groups including those known to be eligible for free school meals, is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school offers a number of after-school activities which include country dancing , photography and sporting fixtures. The school has a number of recent awards, including Healthy Schools Award, and is very proud of its sporting achievements within the county.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well from their different starting points. Improvements in teaching and the use of assessment have led to above-average standards in writing, in line with those of reading and mathematics. Teachers have high expectations of the progress pupils are capable of making and make sure lessons are interesting so that pupils learn well. Teaching assistants make a positive contribution to pupils’ learning. There is a stimulating range of activities that enhance pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills across different subjects. All pupils enjoy school and take part in lessons with enthusiasm. Pupils are very respectful to each other and to their teachers. They have positive attitudes to their learning. Pupils say they feel safe in school and that bullying is rare and that any incidents are dealt with effectively. A strong leadership team, including efficient governance, is effectively committed to improvement. Leaders’ efforts to improve attainment and progress, especially in writing, have worked well. Leaders have a clear idea of what pupils need to do to improve their skills further. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make a good start to their education. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teachers’ marking does not consistently provide enough information about how well pupils achieve, how to improve their work or what the next steps in learning are. Sometimes teachers spend too much time talking rather than engaging pupils in their own learning or independent work. Sometimes teachers’ questioning is not searching enough and pupils do not have the opportunities to discuss their understanding and knowledge of what they are learning.