|Name||Oakfield Church of England Aided Primary School, Ryde|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||21 January 2020|
|Address||Appley Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1NE|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||275 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.4|
|Local Authority||Isle of Wight|
|Percentage Free School Meals||30.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||30.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
What is it like to attend this school?
This is a caring school where staff go out of their way to nurture pupils well. Pupils get on well with each other and with the adults who help them. Pupils attend well. The breakfast club helps pupils, who used to be late, to arrive on time. Pupils feel safe at school and there is hardly any bullying. They trust the adults to help them if they have a problem.
Pupils behave well in their lessons and at breaktimes. They listen to the teacher because they want to learn. Pupils enjoy their many interesting clubs. They often go on visits, including some that are residential, and they take part in local events. Pupils learn to think about others. They recently helped to make gift bags for people who are in hospital, for example. Older pupils took responsibility for younger children during a recent visit to the local church.
The quality of education that pupils receive needs to improve. Leaders have not made sure that the curriculum helps pupils to remember what they have learned. This holds them back as they move through the school.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders and staff have recently increased the pace of their work to improve the school. They have developed plans that help pupils to learn knowledge in a sensible order in English, mathematics and science. New planning is having mixed success. This is because some pupils have weaknesses in their basic skills that hamper their progress.
Reception children are quick to start learning phonics. Throughout the day, adults help children to practise the letters and sounds they know. To bolster children’s progress further, teachers are helping parents to support their children’s reading at home. However, in other year groups, the phonics and early reading programmes are not working well enough to help the weakest readers to become fluent. Leaders do not provide enough support for pupils who find reading difficult. These pupils have too few opportunities for practice. Their reading books are not consistently matched to the sounds that they know. Leaders have begun to develop the necessary staff expertise to help all pupils read with confidence.
Pupils find the school’s approach to teaching reading and writing, through ‘themes’ based on books, interesting. This helps pupils in key stage 2 to write at increasing length. However, pupils’ weaknesses in basic grammar and punctuation remain, because these have not been properly secured at an earlier stage. There is a similar picture in mathematics. Too few pupils develop ‘fluency’ with numbers. There are early signs that new curriculum plans are helping pupils to catch up. They revisit important learning more often. This is beginning to help them build upon what they already know and can do, and to close gaps.
A few subjects are well planned to help pupils know and remember more. In science, for example, pupils are developing effective enquiry skills. Pupils are beginning to build knowledge, such as in their topic about light. Subject specialists and class teachers plan for pupils to learn interesting content across a broad range of subjects. Leaders know, however, that in several subjects learning is not yet planned to develop pupils’ learning securely.
The curriculum is not consistently well planned for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Some pupils are not doing as well as they could. Leaders have not ensured that all staff are suitably trained to support low-attaining pupils.
In Reception, well-trained adults waste no time in getting to know children’s needs. Careful plans help to meet these needs. The adults help children to develop effective literacy and numeracy skills. Already, some are beginning to understand the value of tens and units, for example. Parents are rightly confident that their children are doing well at school.
Leaders’ new behaviour policy has made classrooms calm. Pupils understand and keep to the rules. Everyone says that behaviour has improved. A few pupils find behaviour difficult. The skilled ‘inclusion team’ helps these pupils to learn how to manage feelings and anxieties.
The wider curriculum fulfils leaders’ ambition well for pupils’ personal and social development. Pupils learn about current issues, such as reducing plastic waste and healthy eating. They find out about people with different backgrounds and beliefs. An annual careers fair helps pupils to think about their future. Volunteer mentors make strong relationships to support disadvantaged pupils. Some mentors help pupils with secondary school transfer.
Staff enjoy working at the school. Those who are new to teaching are supported well so that they continue to grow in their role.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Leaders prioritise keeping children safe. The designated leader ensures that staff have thorough training. Everyone understands their responsibilities. They know how to recognise concerns about safeguarding. Staff are quick to notice and report these. Leaders involve other agencies when needed, and they work well with them. Leaders communicate well with families that need extra support. Governors and senior leaders make checks to ensure that the school’s procedures work well. They ensure that all staff and volunteers are safe to work in the school.
What does the school need to do to improve?
(Information for the school and appropriate authority)
Leaders have not placed early reading sufficiently at the centre of their current improvement actions. Some pupils who need to catch up in key stages 1 and 2, are not doing so quickly enough. Leaders must increase staff expertise, so that the school’s phonics and reading programme has a sustained impact, and it rapidly and securely improves pupils’ reading. . The curriculum for English and mathematics has not supported pupils to become fluent with basic skills, such as grammar, punctuation and number. The school’s chosen approaches are at a very early stage of helping pupils to overcome the important gaps in their knowledge that hinder their later learning. Leaders need to ensure that the curriculum is sequenced coherently and implemented consistently, to develop pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills with more success, as they progress through the school. . Across several foundation subjects, the curriculum is not yet clearly sequenced. As a result, pupils do not build their knowledge and understanding coherently over time. Leaders have begun to develop the curriculum for each subject. They should ensure that pupils benefit from a well-planned curriculum that is taught consistently well in all subjects, so they can reliably know and remember more as they progress. . The curriculum does not provide well for some pupils with SEND, particularly those with learning difficulties. They are not building securely upon what they already know to develop their understanding. Leaders have not ensured that staff have the expertise that they need. Leaders should provide staff with suitable training. Leaders must ensure that effective planning helps all pupils with SEND to access the curriculum and achieve their potential.