Onny CofE (A) Primary School

Name Onny CofE (A) Primary School
Website www.stmichaelsfed.shropshire.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 12 March 2019
Address Onibury, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9AW
Phone Number 01584856320
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 98 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Local Authority Shropshire
Percentage Free School Meals 17.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persisitent Absence 19.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 25.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Onny CofE (A) Primary is part of St Michael’s Federation. The federation is made up of two small village schools that work closely together. They are led and managed by an executive headteacher, one leadership team and a single governing body. The school is managed on a day-to-day basis by a lead teacher. The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school, although pupil numbers have increased since the last inspection. Pupils are taught in one of four mixed-age classes. A Section 48 inspection to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Onny CofE (A) Primary as a Church of England school took place in November 2014. The great majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. An increasing proportion of pupils are from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller community. Currently no pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with SEND is well above the national average, as is the proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is lower than the national average. Nursery children attend on either a part-time or a full-time basis. Children in Reception attend full time. The school offers breakfast and after-school clubs. This provision is managed by the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders and governors have not maintained the standards of education that were in place at the time of the previous inspection. In recent years, teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve have been too variable. Consequently, pupils’ progress has been well below average and attainment has been low. Too few pupils achieve the standards expected for their age, especially in writing and mathematics. New approaches to teaching phonics, spelling, grammar and mathematics have been introduced. It is too soon to see the full impact of these on pupils’ outcomes. Leaders have not ensured that their expectations about teaching are clear and applied consistently across the school. Some lessons are not well matched to pupils’ needs, being too hard for some and lacking challenge for others. When this happens, it slows the progress pupils make and can lead to pupils losing concentration. The curriculum is broad and balanced. However, some subject leaders’ roles are not well developed and there is not a clear picture of progress in each subject across each year group. The school has the following strengths Governors, leaders and staff have created a highly inclusive school with a positive Christian ethos and welcoming environment. Governors and leaders are now fully aware of the areas requiring improvement. They are taking appropriate action to address these. Pupils are very well cared for. They are safe and enjoy coming to school. Pupils’ behaviour is generally good and there are strong pastoral systems in place to help pupils who need social and emotional support. Vulnerable pupils, such as those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those eligible for the pupil premium, receive personalised and carefully planned packages of support. The early years provides children with a warm and nurturing environment. This helps them to make a positive start to their school life.