Oaklands Primary School

Name Oaklands Primary School
Website www.oaklandsprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 June 2014
Address Preston Grove, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2DU
Phone Number 01935425447
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 429 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 27.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.3%
Persisitent Absence 12.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is greater than that found in most schools. 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. Just over a tenth of pupils are from minority ethnic groups, which is below the national average. A tenth of pupils speak English as an additional language. This is also below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher has been in post for two years.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Children enter school with skills that are much lower than expected for their age; they make a good start to their education in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They learn to work hard and in harmony with one another. They make good progress and are well prepared for Key Stage 1. Attainment has risen sharply in the last year and is similar to the national average. Pupils of all ages make good progress because : teaching promotes learning well. Pupils make good gains in English and mathematics. The school fully meets the learning needs of each group of pupils, including those who receive additional funding. Achievement of all pupils is good. Teaching is consistently good because leaders and managers rigorously promote good practice. Pupils enjoy learning in the calm, positive atmosphere in classrooms. Lessons are very well planned and thoroughly organised to meet the needs of all learners. Behaviour is outstanding and pupils demonstrate a great appetite for learning. Pupils and staff get on exceptionally well together. Bullying is virtually unknown. Pupils show an excellent understanding of how to stay safe in their everyday lives. The headteacher sets high standards which staff and pupils strive to meet. Her ‘non-negotiables’ are legend and a testament to her rigour. Thorough checks on the school’s work lead to swift action to promote improvements and the school is moving forwards rapidly. The governing body is well informed about the school and members bring a wide range of skills to their roles. They understand how well pupils are doing, and support and challenge the leadership and management in equal measure. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ achievement is not yet outstanding because some teaching does not always fully engage pupils in their learning