Talavera Infant School


Name Talavera Infant School
Website http://www.talavera-inf.hants.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 December 2012
Address Gun Hill, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1RG
Phone Number 01252323137
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 272 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 40.8%

Information about this school

The school is an average-sized infant school. It has three forms of entry and provides for the Early Years Foundation Stage in three Reception classes. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. A minority of pupils are from a range of different ethnic heritages, the largest groups being any other Asian and African heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported by school action is below average. There are few pupils supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or in the care of the local authority or those with a parent serving in the armed forces) is high. The last group accounts for many of these. Pupil mobility is high all year round, with some Reception age pupils joining not having experienced schooling. A significant proportion of pupils come from army service families based at the nearby Aldershot Garrison. Two class teachers have been appointed since the previous full inspection. The school does not use any alternative provision. When the school was previously inspected in July 2011, it was judged to be inadequate and to require special measures.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage enjoy their learning and achieve well because : teaching and learning opportunities, including those provided outdoors, have improved. Pupils’ achievement is good through the school and has improved rapidly since the previous inspection. The use of pupil premium funding to support identified pupils has had a good impact on their progress. Typically good teaching ensures that pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, from low starting. Pupils from different backgrounds get on well with one another. Pupils say they feel safe, enjoy school and they behave well. Determined leadership and governance have led to good improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement. The school has a strong sense of purpose that is shared among staff and governors. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Sometimes teachers do not take enough account of pupils’ previous learning, stretch their thinking or involve them fully in their own learning. Senior leaders do not always keep a close enough check on the progress made by some groups of pupils, such as those who are disabled or who have special educational needs, to ensure that they make consistently good progress.