St Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary School

Name St Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 09 June 2009
Address Pheasant Way, Shaftesbury Road, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4LP
Phone Number 01747824446
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 236 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.0
Academy Sponsor Sherborne Area Schools' Trust
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 10.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.6%

Description of the school

St Mary the Virgin is a small primary school which is growing in size and popularity. About half of the small number of pupils who come from minority ethnic groups speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is well above average due to the school’s reputation for providing for these pupils. Their needs cover specific and moderate learning and speech and language difficulties together with multiple sensory impairment, autism and emotional and behavioural needs. Two years ago, the governing body set up a Nursery unit for children from two to five years of age. This setting works very closely with the school’s Reception class and was also inspected. As a relatively new school, a significant number of pupils have joined after the Reception Year. The school has Investors in People and Rights Respecting School status together with the Healthy School Award and awards for outdoor learning and self-evaluation. Key for inspection grades Grade 1 Outstanding Grade 2 Good Grade 3 Satisfactory Grade 4 Inadequate