Peaslake Free School

Name Peaslake Free School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 June 2015
Address Colmans Hill, Peaslake, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9ST
Phone Number 01306730411
Type Academy
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Peaslake Free School Limited
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 3.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school opened as a free school in September 2013. Previously, the school operated as a non-selective independent school, founded in 1994. Parents and local residents formed the Peaslake School Trust in response to the closure of the Surrey local authority maintained school. The school is much smaller than the average size primary school and currently, 30 pupils from Reception to Year 2 are taught in two mixed-age classes. Reception children attend full time. The Trust also operates a nursery which takes children from the age of two and a half. The nursery was inspected by Ofsted in May 2014 under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006 on the quality and standards of provision that is registered on the Early Years Register. The nursery was not inspected as part of this inspection. There are no pupils who are supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for children in the care of the local authority). The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs varies considerably from year to year due to the small numbers but is generally below average. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. A very small number of pupils are from Other White backgrounds. The school is developing partnerships with neighbouring schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is a safe and caring place. Learning activities are interesting and sometimes exciting. As a result, the pupils thrive and do well. They want to come to school and attendance is above average. Good teaching helps all groups of pupils to achieve well and make good progress from their starting points, including in the early years. By the time they leave Peaslake, the pupils’ reading, writing and mathematics skills are generally above or well above the national average. There are many opportunities for pupils to learn about different subjects, including physical education, music and French. As a result, pupils are interested in the world around them and eager to learn all about it. A strong focus on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development means that pupils behave well. They cooperate, care for and take responsibility for themselves and for others. The headteacher has a strong vision for the school and a clear sense of purpose. She has an accurate understanding of what the school does well and what needs to improve further. The governors have established effective systems to fulfil their statutory responsibilities, including for safeguarding. They have a valuable range of skills and, now that the future of the school is more secure, are increasingly turning their attention to improving the quality of education. There are excellent partnerships with parents and carers and the local community. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Adults do not always provide sufficient opportunity or challenge to really extend learning, particularly of the most able pupils. Sometimes adults do not model, or expect from the pupils, the highest standards of handwriting and presentation. Leaders’ checks on the quality of teaching are not sufficiently rigorous nor are they focused sharply enough on how well the pupils are learning. Targets in the school’s improvement plans and those used in the management of staff performance are not precise enough or sufficiently focused on pupils’ achievements.