|Name||Steeple Morden CofE VC Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||09 February 2012|
|Address||7 Hay Street, Steeple Morden, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 0PD|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||186 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||17.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
The school is of average size, serving a number of local villages and hamlets to the west of Royston. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds although there is a very small number from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is also below average. The school has experienced a high rate of pupil mobility over the last few years due to family relocations. The school has exceeded the floor standards, the minimum expectations for attainment and progress set by the government. Provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage is organised through the Reception class. The privately run ‘Smarties’ pre school, after school and holiday clubs are located on the school site in a new building but did not form part of this inspection. The school has received the Activemark, the International School Award, Eco-Schools Bronze Award, ICT Mark and has achieved National Healthy Schools status. The school has recently formed a new senior management team, which includes the headteacher, two assistant headteachers and the bursar.
This is a good school, which provides a safe and happy atmosphere. Pupils enjoy their time at school and develop into friendly and considerate individuals. Pupils’ achievement is good. By the time they leave the school, attainment is consistently high in English and above average in mathematics. Progress is good overall although pupils in Year 6 made outstanding progress in English in 2011. The accelerated progress in English has not been matched by the same rate of improvement in mathematics. Teaching is good and there is a positive atmosphere for learning in lessons. It has generated high levels of enthusiasm for reading and writing through imaginative teaching strategies and good use of theme days. However, teachers of mathematics do not always challenge higher- attaining pupils or regularly check pupils’ understanding of key skills and concepts. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they feel very safe in the school; this is confirmed by the views of parents and carers. Pupils are polite and respectful and they have positive attitudes to learning. Attendance is above average and improving. The strong emphasis on education of the whole child and the development of a creative curriculum are effectively promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Leadership and management are good. The headteacher is providing clear direction for the school. The tracking of pupils’ progress and the identification and support for underachieving pupils, which were issues in the previous inspection, are now strengths of the school. The governors are active in supporting and monitoring school improvements. The senior management team and the core subject leaders are growing in their roles but have not yet fully developed their supporting and monitoring responsibilities. The school has good capacity to improve.