Oldfield Primary School

Name Oldfield Primary School
Website http://www.oldfield.cheshire.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 November 2013
Address Green Lane, Vicars Cross, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 5LB
Phone Number 01244981772
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 211 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.9
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Percentage Free School Meals 4.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.3%
Persisitent Absence 1.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a below average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at school action is lower than that found in most schools. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is much lower than the average seen nationally. (This is additional funding provided by the government for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after.) The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups, including those who are learning English as an additional language, is well below that found nationally. There have been significant changes to the governing body with a new chair and vice-chair in place since September 2012. The school hold the International School’s Award and is a Global Expert Learning Centre. 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 a good school. Overall achievement in the school is good. Pupils enter the school with knowledge and skills which are broadly typical for their age, make good progress and, by the end of year 6, attain well above the national average. Teaching is consistently good and some outstanding. Robust monitoring of the quality of teaching supported by well-targeted additional training for teachers is ensuring continued improvement. Teaching staff are well-supported by their school leaders. Pupils have a real desire to learn. They listen to their teachers carefully and work together very well. Behaviour is excellent in and out of the classroom. Attendance is consistently much higher than the national average. The school provides a friendly, safe environment for its pupils. Parents are very happy about the standards of care their children receive and believe it to be a strength. School leaders provide a calm and determined drive to bring about continuous school improvement. They have an accurate picture of where the school is, where it needs to go and what needs to be done to get it there. The monitoring of English and mathematics is robust and driving up standards. The school is very inclusive. Its curriculum is outstanding and provides a rich and broad experience of learning for all its pupils. Governance of the school is good. Governors are very well-informed and committed to the school. They ensure that the school meets all its statutory requirements and hold it to account for its actions. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding. The outdoor provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage does not provide enough opportunities for the children to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Pupils do not always present their work to the best of their ability. On occasions, work set for some pupils does not match the pupils’ ability and provide enough challenge, especially for the most able. The leadership of the foundation subjects is less effective in monitoring standards in those subjects.