Orchard Lea Infant School

Name Orchard Lea Infant School
Website http://www.orchardleainfants.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 October 2011
Address Kennedy Avenue, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 6BJ
Phone Number 01329232563
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about the school

Orchard Lea Infant school is smaller than average and serves mainly the area local to the school, although around a quarter of pupils come from outside the immediate area. A very large majority of pupils are White British with only a few from other ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils known to be entitled to free school meals is average, as is the proportion of pupils on the register of special educational needs. Fewer pupils than average join or leave the school other than at the normal times. The school has been awarded ‘Artsmark’ silver and enhanced ‘Healthy School’ status.

Main findings

Orchard Lea Infant School is a good school. Parents, carers and pupils speak highly of the way the school looks after pupils. Outstanding care, guidance and support ensure a secure welcoming environment in which pupils feel very safe and have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe. Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep fit and healthy. The high quality support, together with outstanding links with parents and carers, has enabled the school to make a very large improvement in attendance, which is now high. Parents and carers are kept very well informed and closely involved in their children’s learning. Safeguarding arrangements are good with extremely rigorous procedures for child protection. Strong partnerships with external agencies provide valuable additional support for pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable. Pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development can be seen in their outstanding behaviour. Pupils’ contribution to the community is good, partly due to the good strategies for promoting community cohesion. Pupils’ achievement is good. Children make good progress in the good quality Early Years Foundation Stage. Good progress continues in Years 1 and 2 and attainment overall is above average at the end of Year 2. Nevertheless, some variations exist. Attainment in mathematics is not quite as good as that in reading and writing, and remains broadly average. The school has also correctly identified that, to raise attainment further, more pupils need to attain the higher Level 3 in all subjects, but particularly in mathematics. Progress is good because of consistently good teaching. It is improving, particularly in writing, due to changes to the effective curriculum that provides stimulating experiences, and good opportunities to promote writing skills. Leaders know the school’s strengths and weaknesses well. The information gained is used to set out good quality strategies for improvement in the school development plan. A secure system for recording and analysing data on pupils’ attainment and progress is in place. Nevertheless, it is not yet being used to its full potential to provide high quality information on the performance in different subjects compared to other schools nationally. The monitoring of teaching and learning has improved since the previous inspection and is helping raise standards further through effective professional development linked to performance management. Governors support the school well and hold it to account effectively. The strengths of the previous inspection have been maintained and action is already in place to address areas for improvement noted in this report. There is substantial evidence to show improvements in many aspects of the school’s work. This indicates a good capacity for sustained improvement.