St Nicholas’ Church of England Infants’ School and Nursery Class, Wallingford

Name St Nicholas’ Church of England Infants’ School and Nursery Class, Wallingford
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 July 2013
Address St Nicholas Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8HX
Phone Number 01491836408
Type Academy
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 190 (49% boys 51% girls)
Academy Sponsor Diocese Of Oxford
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is smaller than most primary schools, although the number of pupils has increased over the past year. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are of minority ethnic heritage or who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. Very few are at the early stage of speaking English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and pupils with a parent in the armed forces. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, and through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs, are below average. The headteacher joined the school in September 2011. The school has experienced several changes in staffing over the past two years. Staffing is now stable.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. From low starting points, pupils leave at the end of Year 2 having achieved the national average standards in all subjects. Concerted action to raise standards over the past two years has been successful. The proportion of pupils achieving above the expected levels in reading and mathematics is increasing. Teachers and teaching assistants work together closely to provide good support for all groups of pupils, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs. Pupils feel safe in school and are keen to learn. They behave well and are proud of their school. The headteacher, well supported by staff and governors, is successfully leading improvements in the quality of teaching. The governing body is very effective and confidently holds leaders to account for the school’s performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always plan sufficiently demanding tasks that meet the learning needs of all groups of pupils, especially the more able. Pupils are not given enough opportunities to write for a range of purposes and audiences. There is not enough emphasis on the development of pupils’ handwriting and punctuation skills. The literacy and numeracy leaders are not yet fully involved in identifying and tackling weaknesses in their areas of responsibility.