Tadley Community Primary School


Name Tadley Community Primary School
Website http://www.tadleyprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 November 2019
Address The Green, Tadley, Hampshire, RG26 3PB
Phone Number 01189813805
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 323 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Outcome

Tadley Community Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils like this school. They feel happy and safe here. Pupils know that their teachers care about them and want them to achieve their very best. Pupils and staff get on well together. In lessons, pupils listen carefully to each other and to their teachers. As a result, pupils achieve well.

Pupils behave appropriately at Tadley. Bullying is rare. Pupils understand the school’s straightforward rules of ‘ready, respect, safe’. Pupils move sensibly around the school, with a cheery smile to greet adults and pupils on their way. Classrooms are calm, and lessons are interesting. Pupils work hard and told me how they ‘never give up’.

Parents and pupils value the wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities the school provides. Pupils have had a say in the type of activities they would like to do. As a result, most pupils take part in a school club. Pupils eagerly told me about the magic club, samba band and learning to play the ukulele. The school choir is particularly popular. Members of the choir proudly told me about the impressive variety of community events they have performed at. This includes a prestigious performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Determined leadership ensures that the school continues to provide a good quality of education. Leaders have high expectations for pupils to achieve well and be successful in later life. Pupils study a wide range of subjects linked closely to the national curriculum. Pleasingly, over the last two years, standards in national tests at the end of key stage 2 have improved. In mathematics, where results remained just below the national average in 2019, leaders are continuing to boost pupils’ achievement across the school.

Subject plans for English, mathematics and science are well developed. These plans organise the knowledge and skills that pupils need to learn in a logical sequence. Staff are well trained. They carefully plan a series of lessons to help pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), know more and remember more.Work is underway to ensure that other subjects are organised with equal precision.

In some subjects, such as English and mathematics, teachers use assessment well. They check pupils’ understanding and use this information to plan future learning skilfully. For example, in mathematics, pupils in key stage 2 were working on methods of multiplication because teachers had spotted that some pupils had specific gaps in their knowledge. However, assessment in other subjects, such as geography, is not as effective.

Leaders’ work to overhaul the school’s approach to the teaching of reading is having a positive impact. Consequently, pupils’ achievement in reading is improving securely. Throughout the school, pupils read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books. The library has been thoughtfully relocated to the middle of the school, reflecting the high priority that reading now has. Younger pupils learn phonics swiftly. The school’s programme is clear and taught well. Pupils read books that match closely to the sounds they are learning. Pupils with SEND, and those who need to catch up, receive helpful support. Most pupils now achieve well in the national phonics screening check at the end of Year 1.

Children enjoy their learning in the early years. During my visit, children were industriously learning about measurement, comparing the lengths of woollen scarves. Relationships between adults and children are positive. Both the indoor and outdoor areas are inviting and well organised. Resources encourage children to explore and investigate. For example, children were busily using torches to discover which materials reflect light.

The school’s expectations for pupils’ behaviour and attendance are clear. Leaders ensure that pupils attend school regularly. Teachers are well trained in the school’s behaviour policy, promoting pupils’ positive behaviour consistently. Staff work closely with parents and other agencies. Pupils receive helpful support to understand and regulate their emotions. As a result, exclusions are reducing.

The school’s work to support pupils’ personal development is strong. Pupils with SEND and disadvantaged pupils are sensitively supported. They are fully included in the school’s programme of clubs and activities. Pupils are personally invited to join a club. The allotment project gives pupils a chance to grow vegetables and meet people in the community. The programme changes in response to requests from parents and pupils. For example, a first-aid course is currently being organised following parents’ suggestions.

Staff are proud to work at Tadley. They say that leaders care about their well-being and listen to their views. Assessment reporting systems have been streamlined to help reduce teachers’ workload.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are well trained and knowledgeable. They keep a close eye on vulnerable pupils. Staff report any concerns promptly, following the school’s clear safeguarding procedures. Leaders are vigilant, following up any concerns in a timely and appropriate manner. Staffwork closely with parents and other professionals to help keep pupils safe.

Staff understand the risks that pupils may face when they are not at school. Pupils learn how to protect themselves from harm when they are out and about in the community, or when using the internet. Parents are also supported to recognise online risks to their children.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Some subjects are carefully planned and sequenced, such as reading, mathematics and science. However, this is not the case in all subjects. Leaders need to continue to improve the planning of foundation subjects so that knowledge and skills are coherently planned and sequenced in these subjects as well. It is clear from the actions that leaders have already taken to develop the curriculum further and train staff in how to deliver it that they are in the process of bringing this about. . In English and mathematics teachers and leaders use assessment well to check pupils’ understanding of knowledge and skills. They use this information to plan future learning successfully. However, assessment in the foundation subjects is not used as well. Leaders need to ensure that assessment of knowledge and skills in the foundation subjects is used effectively so that pupils know more and remember more over time.

Background

When we have judged a school to be good we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged Tadley Community Primary School to be good on 4–5 May 2016.