Oldbrook First School

Name Oldbrook First School
Website http://www.oldbrookschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 November 2012
Address Illingworth Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 2NH
Phone Number 01908604689
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Milton Keynes
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oldbrook is a smaller–than-average-sized infant school. The large majority of pupils are from minority ethnic groups; the largest groups are White British, Indian, other Asian background, Black or Black British African and other Black background. The proportion who speaks English as an additional language is much higher than that seen nationally. Currently, 26 different languages are spoken in the school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is similar to the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. Pupil mobility is much higher than that seen nationally, with a significant proportion entering the school in Years 1 or 2. The school runs a daily breakfast club. There is no alternative provision. The school has attained Healthy School status and has the Artsmark Gold among several other awards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. From below average starting points, pupils make good, and occasionally outstanding, progress so that their attainment is usually well above average by the end of Year 2. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are provided with a good start enabling them to make good progress in all aspects of their learning. Teaching is good and there is some that is outstanding. Staff are effective in identifying those pupils at risk of falling behind and are very good at helping them to get back on track. Pupils feel really safe in school. Their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm to learn help to ensure a calm working environment where staff and pupils demonstrate high levels of mutual respect. The headteacher sets high expectations for staff and pupils and he is well supported by all staff and governors. As a result, there have been significant improvements since the previous inspection in teaching and pupils’ achievement; basic skills are now taught well and subject leaders focus much more clearly on the progress of different groups of pupils, minimising underachievement. There are excellent links with parents who have a greater involvement with their children’s education. Their appreciation of the importance of education has been raised so that pupils’ attendance is now above average. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is yet outstanding. Teachers are not yet consistent in ensuring more able pupils make even better progress, particularly in mathematics. There are missed opportunities to allow pupils to find more things out for themselves.