Stoke-on-Tern Primary School

Name Stoke-on-Tern Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 February 2013
Address Rosehill Road, Stoke Heath, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2LF
Phone Number 01630638332
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 113 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.2
Local Authority Shropshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.1%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than most other primary schools. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below the national average. A fluctuating but significant proportion of pupils come from armed forces families and are eligible for the service premium. An above-average proportion of pupils join the school at other than the normal time, mid-year and mid-key stage. More than half of the current Year 6 cohort of 18 pupils joined the school during Key Stage 2, for example. Pupils are organised in single year-group classes in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1, and in mixed-aged classes in Year 2 and Key Stage 2. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average, and particularly high in some year groups. No pupils are currently educated in alternative provision away from the site. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There is an on-site pre-school managed by the school’s governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The work of the headteacher, well supported by the staff team and governing body, has led to considerable improvements since the school’s last inspection. Teachers promote learning well and demonstrate good subject knowledge, thanks to leaders’ thorough and regular checks on the quality of teaching, followed up by effective staff training. As a result, pupils achieve well and standards at the end of Year 6 are above national averages in English and average in mathematics. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes are good, and this contributes strongly to the good learning in most lessons. Pupils say they feel safe in school and are aware of the different forms bullying can take and how to avoid it. Provision in the Nursery and Reception classes is good and children make a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children are confident, inquisitive about the world around them and respond well to the good range of stimulating activities provided. Pupils are treated with respect and as individuals in an atmosphere of care and support. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school. Pupils enjoy a variety of exciting additional activities throughout the school year, including visits, visitors and residential stays. The school accurately evaluates how well it is doing and what needs to be done next. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Occasionally, the pace of learning in lessons slows after a brisk start, and pupils are not encouraged enough to learn independently without direction from adults. Pupils’ attainment in mathematics is not yet as high as it is in reading and writing.