|Name||St Bartholomew’s Church of England First School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||13 December 2012|
|Address||Kithill, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8AS|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. It became part of a federation with two local first schools in October 2011. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special education needs supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of educational special needs is below average. The large majority of pupils are White British and come from the surrounding area. There is no alternative off-site provision for any pupils.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Over the last year the senior leaders have taken firm action to address any weaker teaching so that it is now consistently good. Pupils make at least the expected progress and many exceed this because the teaching focuses well on meeting pupils’ needs and engages their interests. Achievement is good. Attainment is rising year on year so that more pupils are reaching levels above those expected for their age by the time they leave in Year 4. Pupils are making exceptional progress in reading because it is taught very thoroughly across the school. They are developing a love of books as well as the essential skills to handle a variety of texts. Pupils are very committed to their learning and show good levels of engagement in lessons. They behave well in and around the school because of the effective system for managing their behaviour. The school’s leaders have made improvements to the quality of teaching by supporting colleagues through appropriate training and the robust checking of their work. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally the pace of learning slows because teachers talk for too long at the start of lessons. In a few lessons, the expectations of what pupils can achieve are not always high enough. Governors have not been rigorous enough in developing their understanding of the impact of the school’s work.