Symondsbury Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Name Symondsbury Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 31 October 2017
Address Symondsbury, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HD
Phone Number 01308423502
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 108 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.0
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 13.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Symondsbury Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is a smaller than average-size primary school. It caters for 109 pupils in Reception through to Year 6, organised in four mixed-age classes. The number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is lower than the national average. The number of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is slightly higher than the national average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. Other pupils are from a variety of minority ethnic groups. The school provides before-school care. Eighty-four percent of pupils attending this school do not come from within the local catchment area.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders’ actions to improve outcomes for pupils have not been effective over time. Too few pupils make expected progress, especially in writing. Teaching is too variable. Pupils are not clear about learning outcomes in lessons; this slows their progress in lessons and over time. Teachers do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can do. Leaders’ assessments of the most able pupils in writing are over generous and these pupils are not given enough challenge to make rapid progress. Too few pupils in key stage 2 reach higher standards in writing. Staff do not follow the school’s assessment policy consistently. Pupils are not clear about how to improve their work. The school has the following strengths Leaders at all levels share a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. All contribute to the actions for improvement. Pupils’ behaviour is good; they are respectful of adults and they play safely and happily. Attendance is high and pupils are keen to come to school. Provision in the early years is good, and children have a positive and well-structured start to their school lives. The curriculum is a strength of the school. Planned activities contribute well to pupils’ personal development. The school engages very well with the community. As a result, pupils understand their roles as young citizens and are enthusiastic about ‘making the world better’. Parents are extremely supportive of the school; they value the support and feedback they are given about their children.