Orchid Vale Primary School

Name Orchid Vale Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 06 July 2011
Address Torun Way, Haydon End, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN25 1UG
Phone Number 01793745006
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 465 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.6
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14%
Persisitent Absence 6.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

The school, funded by private finance initiative, opened in September 2006. It has an attached nursery, is smaller than the average-sized school and serves the local community. There are seven classes and children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in the Nursery and the Reception class. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those with a statement of special educational needs is average. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds, with a small proportion from minority ethnic families. A very small number of pupils are at an early stage of speaking English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is much lower than average. The school has an.. on-site breakfast and after-school club which are managed by a private provider and have a separate inspection.

Main findings

This is an outstanding school. Since the last inspection, when the school was judged to be effective in many areas, there has been a good focus on driving and embedding significant improvements. These improvements have been secured because school leaders, staff and the outstanding governing body have worked together effectively, under the determined leadership and direction of the headteacher. They have established rigorous procedures for self-evaluation and improved the provision so that pupils at Orchid Vale receive good teaching, an excellent curriculum and exemplary care, guidance and support. As a consequence, pupils’ attainment has risen and is well above average in mathematics and above average in English by the time they leave Year 6. Children make an excellent start in the outstanding Early Years Foundation Stage and then make good progress through the rest of the school. Teachers do not always challenge more able pupils sufficiently in literacy lessons and consequently the number of pupils attaining the higher Level 5 in writing is restricted. Teaching is good and in a small number of lessons, predominately in Year 2, it is outstanding. Although the majority of lessons are taught well, there are inconsistencies within teaching in terms of marking, setting clear learning intentions and use of time. Pupils’ excellent behaviour and mature attitudes create purposeful classrooms. Pupils also make an outstanding contribution to the school community through the school and eco councils, by helping at lunchtimes, being house captains and organising charity events. Pupils’ welfare is given the highest priority. Good attention is paid to supporting pupils with special educational needs and or/disabilities, which ensures that they are fully included in all aspects of school life and achieve well. Taking into consideration the rising trend in pupils’ attainment and the effective forward planning, the school demonstrates a good capacity for future improvement.