St John’s Primary School

Name St John’s Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2018
Address St John’s Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9AG
Phone Number 01491837305
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 200 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22
Academy Sponsor St John's Academy Trust
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%
Persisitent Absence 4.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St John’s Primary is smaller than the average-sized primary school. A lower proportion of pupils, when compared to the national average, are eligible for the pupil premium. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is broadly average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. St John’s Primary School converted to become an academy in June 2013. The school works collaboratively with four other primary schools. Together, they have formed the OPEN (Oxfordshire Primary Education Network) Trust. The trust’s aim is: ‘Working together to provide an outstanding education for all our children.’

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher has high aspirations for the pupils. Her team of committed staff has worked hard to secure the improvements needed after the previous inspection. Leaders and governors monitor the school effectively. They have a clear strategic vision to ensure that the quality of teaching and pupils’ outcomes continue to improve. The quality of teaching is good. Assessment is effective. In some subjects, such as mathematics, teachers have exceptional subject knowledge. Pupils make good progress from their starting points because work is well matched to their needs. Outcomes in both key stages 1 and 2 are similar to, and sometimes above, the national average. The curriculum is a strength of the school. It gives pupils many opportunities to extend their learning. Extra-curricular provision is particularly strong. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are well supported. Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very effective. British values are well taught. As a result, pupils show respect and tolerance for the beliefs of others. Pupils behave well and they are courteous to each other. Personal development is strong. Older pupils enjoy helping those in the younger year groups. Middle leaders in English and mathematics are successful in raising standards. Those who are responsible for subjects such as history and geography have not yet had such a positive impact. From low starting points, children make good progress in the early years. A similar proportion to the national average achieve a good level of development. Sometimes, work in English and mathematics is not challenging enough to ensure that more children exceed the expected standard.