|Name||Sandford St Martin’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||06 March 2019|
|Address||Sandford, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7BN|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||405 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||25.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Sandford St Martin’s Primary is an average-sized voluntary aided school. The headteacher was appointed in September 2017. The majority of pupils are from a White British background. The school has 11 of the 17 ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils with SEND, including those with an education, health and care plan, is broadly in line with that of most schools. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is in line with the national average. The school works in collaboration with schools within the Lychett Minster Pyramid and the Purbeck Education Pyramid. The school has received additional support from the Diocese of Salisbury and the local authority. This includes support from improvement advisers. Governors arranged a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools in July 2016. At that time, the school’s distinctiveness and effectiveness as a church school were judged to be satisfactory.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement The school has changed considerably since the last inspection. The resulting instability has contributed to the decline in standards. Over the last three years, pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), have made less progress than their peers nationally in reading, writing and mathematics. Leaders’ action plans are not sharp enough to evaluate which actions are having the most effect. Governors’ monitoring of the actions taken by leaders, including their use of additional funding, has not been incisive enough. Middle leaders lack the time, and some of the leadership skills, needed for strategic leadership of their areas of responsibility. Teachers do not consistently plan learning which is well matched to pupils’ starting points. The most able pupils are not challenged to reach the standards of which they are capable. Pupils do not always know how to improve their work because they do not always receive effective guidance from their teachers. Rates of absence are still too high for disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND. The proportion of pupils who achieve the expected standard in the phonics screening check remains below the national average. The school has the following strengths The new headteacher and deputy headteacher are working with determination to achieve success for the school. The early years provision is effective in providing children with a good start to school. The school is a warm and welcoming environment.