|Name||Sandford Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||11 April 2013|
|Address||49 Greenhill Road, Sandford, Winscombe, Somerset, BS25 5PA|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||149 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.8|
|Local Authority||North Somerset|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.7%|
Information about this school
Sandford is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school set on the edge of the Mendip hills. Since January 2013, it has formed a hard federation with a neighbouring primary school in the same local parish. There are five classes in the school, all of which consist of mixed-age groups of pupils. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage and the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action, or by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs, is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families., is below the national average. Attendance is above the national average, along with extremely low rates of persistent absence or exclusion. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school There is an unfailing pursuit of excellence, led by the headteacher and the governing body and supported by all staff. Pupils’ achievement over time is consistently outstanding. It is well above national averages and those few pupils who are disabled or who are identified as having a special educational need make the same rates of accelerated progress as their peers. Pupils are motivated, enthused and inspired in their learning by the outstanding quality of teaching that the school provides. The school is recognised as a beacon of excellence by the local authority and is used to provide professional support and training for teachers in other local schools. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the many ways in which the school helps their children to learn and thrive as individuals. Pupils are full of enthusiasm and praise for all aspects of school life. The curriculum provides memorable experiences and rich learning opportunities that allow pupils to be investigative in their learning. The governing body are relentless in their focus on securing the very best outcomes for all pupils. Their commitment is unstinting, as is the way in which they support and challenge the headteacher to ensure that the school provides the best education possible for each child. Pupils are very aware of the needs of others and are encouraged to take full responsibility for all that they do in contributing to school life at all times.