Quainton Church of England School


Name Quainton Church of England School
Website http://www.quainton.bucks.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 12 November 2019
Address Lower Street, Quainton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4BJ
Phone Number 07934443884
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 152 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.6
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 14.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to school. Leaders ensure that pupils understand the school’s core values, particularly ‘endurance’, ‘bravery’ and ‘pride’. Pupils told us that behaviour in their school has improved considerably because the headteacher has introduced helpful new rules for them to follow. However, pupils’ achievement remains variable. Teachers do not have consistently high expectations. The curriculum and teaching in some subjects have yet to be fully developed.

Pupils say that this is a kind school. They feel safe. They recognise that, sometimes, there are fallings-out but say these are quickly resolved and bullying is rare. Staff make sure that pupils have many chances to earn rewards and be responsible. Most pupils engage keenly in their learning. However, sometimes, when learning is not at the right level for pupils, they do not receive the correct challenge or support to learn well.

Leaders take a determined approach to pupils’ personal development. They have increased pupils’ access to a range of sports, such as netball, dance and athletics. Pupils are keen to make a difference to their local and wider community. For example, older pupils host bingo with the local community of older people and take part in ‘enterprise challenges’ with the parish council.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The new headteacher has made a determined and ambitious start on improving the school. His work has raised standards of behaviour and established clear routines that help pupils know what is expected of them. Pupils behave well around the school. Those with additional behaviour needs have support that helps them to stay safely in school. Most pupils attend school well. Pupils, parents, carers and staff are confident in the leadership of the headteacher and are united behind him. There is a sense of optimism about the future.

Leaders’ plans to bring this ambitious vision fully to fruition are not well developed in respect of pupils’ learning across the curriculum. Many subject leaders are new to their posts and their work is in the early stages of development. These leaders are well supported by the local authority and the diocese. Further training is required to boost their contribution to the school’s continuing improvement.

Learning is not consistently well planned to take account of what pupils already know and can do. Sometimes, this works well, such as in Year 3, where pupils use what they have previously learned about the Iron Age to help them consider Bronze Age life. But, overall, pupils often learn things in isolation in subjects such as science and history. The curriculum plans do not support teachers well to help them build upon or deepen pupils’ knowledge and understanding over time.

Provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) varies in its helpfulness across the school. Pupils with education, health and care planshave their provision carefully adapted. However, leaders have not ensured that other pupils with SEND are consistently supported well. Sometimes, pupils with SEND remain unclear, even if they get the right answers, because their learning steps are not well planned or made clear to them by staff.

Pupils have not achieved well in reading, writing or mathematics over time. Although teachers have benefited from some training and support for their planning, gaps remain in teachers’ subject knowledge. This sometimes inhibits them from probing and extending pupils’ responses to questions in order to deepen learning.

Leaders’ focus on reading has ensured that pupils are keen readers. They discuss the authors and types of books they like. Leaders have started to provide additional well-targeted support for those who struggle to read as they move up through the school to help them to catch up, including those who need additional support with their phonics.

Pupils get off to a good start in the early years. Teachers plan a wide range of interesting activities to take account of pupils’ needs and interests. Staff skilfully build pupils’ understanding and confidence. Pupils quickly learn their phonics and take home books which help them to practise their skills.

Governors are highly committed to the school and work closely with leaders. They recognise that, in the past, they have not kept a close enough eye on managing the school’s funding, particularly the additional funds for disadvantaged pupils, to ensure that it is spent effectively.

The personal, social and health education programme helps pupils to explore rights and responsibilities, and to understand life in modern Britain. Leaders have ensured that this focus extends beyond the curriculum, for example by introducing a range of popular after-school clubs to promote healthy lifestyles.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Everyone is aware of the central importance of keeping pupils safe. Leaders have provided staff with appropriate training so that they can spot when things are not as they should be. Staff know what to do if they have concerns about pupils’ welfare. Leaders respond promptly and appropriately to any concerns raised. They involve other agencies where necessary. Safeguarding records are well maintained.

Pupils told us they feel safe in school. They are confident that they can tell adults if they have worries and that they will be listened to and supported.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Leaders should ensure that teachers’ plans for the teaching of all subjects are carefully sequenced so that these build upon what pupils can already do and develop pupils’ knowledge and skills over time. . Leaders should continue to provide continued professional development for a range of staff to help secure their subject knowledge and leadership skills so that they can affect improvement more rapidly. . Leaders should ensure that support for pupils with SEND is effective. Staff require further training to ensure that they have the skills needed to support this group of pupils well so that pupils with SEND make good progress in all their learning. . Leaders have an ambitious vision for providing high-quality education for pupils but this is in the early stages of development. Leaders need to ensure that they develop a strong shared approach that informs school improvement effectively. . Governors should ensure that they are well informed, including about spending for disadvantaged pupils, and that they use this knowledge to hold leaders to account for how well funds are being used to improve outcomes for pupils.