|Name||OakTree Nursery and Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||26 November 2014|
|Address||Priory Road, Park South, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 2HA|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||390 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||40.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||27.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||27.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Oaktree is larger than an average sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The number of pupils from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds is increasing. A small minority speak English as an additional language. About three fifths of the pupils are disadvantaged. They are supported by the pupil premium, which is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. This proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above the average compared with other schools nationally. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through the school is well above the national average. The Nursery and Reception children attend full time. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. There is provision for two-year-olds on the same site which is run by the school but inspected separately. The school operates a breakfast and after-school club. The Nurture group based in the ‘Rainbow Room’ has a Quality Mark for Nurture. It is the only school in Wiltshire with this award.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from their very low starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is good. Teachers and teaching assistants work closely to monitor what pupils have learnt. This information is used effectively to plan tasks which help them make rapid progress. The school has created a very warm and welcoming environment which is valued by the pupils. They feel safe because they trust the adults to take care of them. Pupils’ behaviour is good; they enjoy learning. Pupils are polite and courteous to visitors and each other. Governors know the school well; they are increasingly effective in holding the leaders to account. They are fully involved with the school’s work and are determined to secure improvement. Senior leaders have secured improvement by successfully focusing on improving the quality of teaching. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes get off to a good start. They achieve well and make good progress, especially in their personal and social development. The rich and stimulating curriculum motivates pupils, helps them achieve and contributes positively to their personal development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Middle leaders do not consistently use the range of information available to identify priorities for improvement. Teachers do not always plan lessons which deepen pupils’ knowledge sufficiently. Achievement in writing is not as high as in reading and mathematics.