|Name||Oughton Primary and Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||07 June 2017|
|Address||Mattocke Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2NZ|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||260 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||28%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||10%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||17.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The early years comprises Nursery and Reception. Children attend part-time in Nursery and full-time in Reception. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is above the national average. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A smaller-than-average proportion of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is much lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. A much higher proportion of pupils have an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils who enter or leave the school at times other than the start of the year is above average. The school works closely with other local primary and secondary schools. The school meets current floor standards. These are the minimum expectations set by the government for pupils’ progress and attainment.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher and governors are passionate about improving the opportunities for pupils in this school. Their commitment and determination have led to improved outcomes for all groups of pupils. Pupils learn in a stimulating and nurturing environment. Pupils are encouraged to believe in themselves and always do their best. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress due to the highly effective and nurturing support they receive. The school uses the pupil premium funding effectively to support disadvantaged pupils. The school’s work to support pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. Pupils receive exceptional support to overcome their barriers to learning. Pupils are well behaved around school and in lessons. Parents agree that behaviour is good. Pupils and parents agree that the school provides a safe and secure learning environment. Safeguarding procedures are effective. Children in the early years get off to a flying start. They make rapid progress as a result of excellent teaching, strong leadership and highly effective support for the children and their families. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is developed extremely well through a broad curriculum that offers a range of interesting activities. Teaching has improved since the previous inspection and is now typically good. There remain a few inconsistencies in teaching in some areas. The high-quality provision seen in English, science and mathematics is not always apparent in other national curriculum subjects. The leadership of subjects other than English, mathematics and science is improving. However, actions taken by these leaders have not been in place long enough for leaders to be able to evaluate their impact on outcomes. Governors are committed to improving the school. They are well qualified and provide a good level of challenge to senior leaders.