|Name||St Andrew’s CofE Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||22 May 2013|
|Address||School Green Lane, North Weald, Epping, Essex, CM16 6EH|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||303 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||7.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
The school is below average in size. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds, although the number from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds is rising. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for funding through the pupil premium is below average. This is extra money given to schools for pupils, in this case, known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is low. More pupils than in most other primary schools join or leave partway through their primary school education. The school has experienced a period of staffing instability caused by the absence of several teachers, including those with subject leadership roles. 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 a good school. The headteacher keeps everyone focused on driving improvements to teaching. She is supported well in this task by a thoughtful and challenging governing body. By increasing expectations of the more-able pupils and making lessons more demanding, the number of pupils working at higher levels of attainment has increased. There have been considerable improvements since the last inspection in the quality of the pupils’ writing. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes develop into confident young learners. This is because all adults make sure activities capture their imaginations and move their learning forward. The school caters well for disabled students and those with special educational needs because it quickly and accurately identifies their needs before putting in place carefully targeted and effective support. Pupils try their hardest in lessons because they are keen to do well. They work well together when sharing ideas or planning tasks. The pupils’ welcoming behaviour makes the school a calm place in which they learn and develop happily. Staff and governors take every care to ensure the pupils are safe at all times. As a result, pupils feel very safe and secure in school, and know who to approach if they have concerns. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teachers make the best use of time in lessons to drive forward the pupils’ learning and progress quickly enough. Marking does not always make clear to pupils how they can improve the quality of their work in order to meet their individual targets. Teachers do not pay enough attention to developing the pupils’ writing and number skills across different subjects. The school has not used examples of high-quality teaching to help teachers understand how best to improve their teaching.