Oakhill Church School

Name Oakhill Church School
Website www.oakhillchurchschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 September 2014
Address Oakhill, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5AQ
Phone Number 01749840426
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 130 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Academy Sponsor The Bath And Wells Diocesan Academies Trust
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 9.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is smaller than an average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils or those with special educational needs is broadly average overall. Only a very small number of pupils are supported by the pupil premium. This is additional government funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after. The number of eligible Year 6 pupils in 2014 was so small that it is not possible to compare performance with other groups. There is an increasing proportion of pupils joining the school at other than the usual times. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress. Standards in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6 are above average and this reflects good achievement from their differing starting points. Teaching is good. It is particularly strong in Years 5 and 6, where pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and respond enthusiastically to high levels of challenge. Pupils are provided with a stimulating range of activities, both in and out of the classroom. This enthuses pupils and strongly promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The early years provision is good. Children settle quickly into school life and make good progress in the Reception Year. The behaviour of pupils is good. The school’s close links with parents and the pupils’ excellent relationships with staff and with each other engender their love of school and very good attendance. The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Pupils say that they feel safe and show positive attitudes to learning that help them to achieve well. The skilled headteacher is assisted well by effective staff and a strong governing body. There is strong capacity for further improvement. This is seen in the way the staff team is carefully trained and developed to sustain effective teaching and rich learning experiences that underpin pupils’ good achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The speaking, reading and writing skills of pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are not always developed consistently. At times, when checking pupils’ writing, teachers in Year 1 do not give pupils clear enough guidance on how to improve.