Orchards Church of England Primary School

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Orchards Church of England Primary School

Name Orchards Church of England Primary School
Website www.orchards.cambs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 19 May 2015
Address Cherry Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 3NP
Phone Number 01945583799
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 486 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 29.8
Academy Sponsor The Diocese Of Ely Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 24.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 57%
Persisitent Absence 18.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is larger than the average-sized primary school. Children in the early years are taught full time in one of four Reception classes and part time in the Nursery. Around half of pupils are White British. Most other pupils have Eastern European backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is high. The main home languages for these pupils are Lithuanian and Polish. An above-average proportion of pupils join or leave the school during each year. Many of those pupils who arrive during the year are new to the country and do not speak English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported though the pupil premium is much higher than the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for children who are looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is due to increase in size over the next two years and there was ongoing building work taking place during the inspection to prepare for this. There have been a high number of changes in staffing since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement. Leaders and governors have ensured steady rather than rapid improvement in pupils’ achievement and the quality of provision since the previous inspection. Leaders and teachers do not always expect enough of pupils and the attainment that they could potentially reach. Consequently, not all pupils fulfil their potential academically. Pupils’ progress is not consistently strong across the school and their achievement requires improvement. The support given to teachers has not ensured that the quality of teaching is consistently good. Teachers sometimes give work to pupils that is too hard for the less able or too easy for the most able. Teachers do not give pupils the right level of guidance so that they know how to improve their work for themselves and do not repeat errors. Subject leaders do not do enough to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ learning in their subjects. The governing body does not provide enough challenge to help the school improve more quickly. The school has the following strengths Leaders care well for pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds. Consequently, there is a happy atmosphere in school and pupils feel safe. Children get off to a good start in the early years. They make good progress in the Nursery and Reception classes because they are taught well. Newly arrived pupils from overseas settle well and quickly become confident in speaking English. Pupils behave well. They are tolerant and respectful of each other and are kind and caring. Pupils enjoy school, particularly the high number of visits, visitors and clubs that enrich learning and bring subjects alive.