Old Sarum Primary School

Name Old Sarum Primary School
Website http://www.oldsarum.wilts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 May 2014
Address Pheasant Drive, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6GH
Phone Number 01722410677
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 230 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.2
Local Authority Wiltshire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.7%
Persisitent Absence 16.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school, which was opened in September 2011. The school roll is steadily increasing. A much larger than average number of pupils join the school other than at the usual time. A very large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those whose families are in the armed forces, is above average. The proportion of pupils identified as disabled and those with special educational needs that are 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 above average The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There is a pre-school setting on the school site which is not managed by the governing body and was therefore not included as part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching is typically good. Pupils achieve well throughout their time at the school. From their starting points pupils make good and sometimes better progress. They reach standards in line with those expected for their age, often from a below average starting point. Pupils experience a wide range of opportunities that support their good leaning, behaviour and positive attitudes. Pupils receiving support through additional funding are making good progress. They achieve standards in line with their classmates. The needs of pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs are speedily identified and addressed. The progress they are making is now similar to that of other pupils. The whole staff create a family environment in which all pupils feel safe and well cared for. As a result, pupils want to learn, and share a sense of responsibility for each other. The attendance of pupils is good. The headteacher, very well supported by governors and the local authority, has been very effective in leading sustained school improvement over the last three years. All staff share their enthusiasm and high expectations of what pupils can achieve. The headteacher and governors check the quality of teaching rigorously. This has led to an improvement in teaching and achievement across the school. Parents and carers are proud of the school and the way it has developed in the community over its first three years. They are happy that their children are safe and well cared for. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teachers do not always set tasks which are hard enough for some more-able pupils. Not all opportunities are taken for best practice to be fully shared as a means of improving teaching further. There is still some uncertainty in the planning for some subjects as staff are still making changes in the curriculum to meet the needs of the developing school intake.