Oakwood Infant and Nursery School

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Oakwood Infant and Nursery School

Name Oakwood Infant and Nursery School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 November 2016
Address Windsor Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 2AH
Phone Number 01255421168
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 36%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school operates a Nursery. Currently children attend for 15 hours per week. There are four classes in each of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding is well above average. The overall proportion of pupils who receive support for their special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school operates a breakfast club five days a week.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher is the catalyst for school improvement. She has galvanised staff and changed the culture of the school. School leaders, including governors, know the school’s strengths and areas to improve. Governors are effective and efficient; they have a ‘can-do’ approach. With the headteacher, their primary aim is always to improve the quality of education provided for pupils. Pupils’ outcomes are much improved since the previous inspection. Phonics and writing are much better. However, pupils have too few opportunities to practise and hone their writing and mathematical skills in other subjects. Extra help for disadvantaged pupils is carefully checked to ensure they do well. Staff believe pupils need to be happy to thrive and do well at school. Support for vulnerable pupils and their families enables them to make the most of school. The most able pupils, including those who are also disadvantaged, make better progress than when the school was previously inspected. However, some work set in a few classes is still not sufficiently challenging. Provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is managed effectively so these pupils flourish. Teaching is good overall. Lessons are interesting and engage pupils. Pupils’ positive attitudes to learning play an important part in their good progress. They are proud of themselves and their school. Oakwood largely succeeds in the aspiration for pupils, ‘We are all stars, watch us shine’. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils like the rewards for good conduct and hard work. Parents agree that their children feel safe and well cared for in school. Pupils’ attendance continues to improve steadily. Most, but not all, parents respond positively to the school’s expectations and see the benefit of regular schooling. However, girls’ attendance remains low. Children make good progress in the Nursery and Reception classes. Parents are positive about the school. Typical comments include, ‘The head has improved the school, if she were a hotel she’d get five stars!’ and, ‘The whole feel of the school is lovely!’