|Name||Orford Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||16 May 2013|
|Address||Orford, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2LU|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||62 (35% boys 65% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||14.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is significantly smaller than other primary schools and has three mixed-age classes. The very large majority of pupils are White British but the school has a higher proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds than most others. None, however, speak English as an additional language. A below average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium, which is extra government funding given to the school on the basis of the numbers known to be eligible for free school meals, in the care of the local authority or from service families. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is below the national average, as is the proportion at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school has a partnership agreement with another local school, Bawdsey Primary School. Under this agreement, the two schools share a headteacher.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well at the school. Children get a good start to their education in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils make good progress in English and mathematics and are well prepared for secondary school by the end of Year 6. Good teaching promotes pupils’ progress well. Teachers provide interesting and worthwhile activities that engage pupils’ interests. The school provides very rich learning experiences through visits out for pupils, visitors to the school and additional activities such as the garden and kitchen which enable pupils, for example, to cook what they grow. These additional activities make an outstanding contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Behaviour in lessons and around school is exemplary. The warm and friendly atmosphere within the school creates a strong sense of community. This nurtures pupils exceptionally well and enables them to develop and grow within a very happy and safe environment. The headteacher has provided strong leadership for improvement, since the last inspection. Hence, the school has progressed from being a satisfactory to a good school, as teaching and learning and pupils’ achievement have improved. Governors provide good oversight of the school and manage the finances with care. They are good at thinking ahead to secure the long-term future of the school, such as appointing a joint headteacher with another school, which has been a positive initiative. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Sometimes, the pace of learning is slow for part of the lesson so pupils do not get enough done. On occasion, work is not hard enough, especially for the more able, and this includes expectations of pupils’ writing Marking is not used consistently enough across all classes to promote pupils’ progress well. While attendance has improved, it is just in line with the national average and lower than it should be. Some pupils’ attendance is low.