|Name||Oakridge Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||09 July 2014|
|Address||Silvester Way, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 0PR|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||223 (55% boys 45% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||1.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||17.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||3.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Oakridge is an average–sized primary school. Pupils are taught in single classes in each year group, from Nursery to Year 6. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. Very small numbers of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. This funding is to support looked-after children or those known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Exceptionally strong leadership and management are a major reason for the school’s successes. There is no complacency and the school has ambitions to improve on the already very high standards. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding and they make excellent progress throughout the school in all subjects. Standards reached by pupils at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 are consistently well above average. Teaching is outstanding. Lessons are exciting and interesting and teachers inspire their pupils to develop a strong love of learning. Teaching assistants are highly skilled and work effectively with their teachers to provide excellent support to all their pupils. Pupils feel very safe and their behaviour is exemplary. All parents who responded online (Parent View) agree that this is the case. Pupils use their excellent literacy and numeracy skills to achieve very well in other subjects like science, art, history and geography. Children make an outstanding start to their school life in the Early Years Foundation Stage. There is a positive atmosphere in the school with all pupils and adults believing in the same values of respect for each other. In the words of one staff member, ‘Working here is a unique experience; it really is a special place.’ Leadership and management at all levels, including governance, are outstanding and committed to a consistent push for excellence. Additional activities and visits provide pupils with many memorable experiences and these enrich their personal development. Staff are very committed to identifying and trying out new practices and this is driving up standards. They regularly share their findings and successes with other schools.