Tenbury CofE Primary School


Name Tenbury CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 January 2013
Address Bromyard Road, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8BS
Phone Number 01584810234
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 239 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Academy Sponsor The Bishop Anthony Educational Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 9.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.4%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The large majority of pupils are White British, with a small proportion coming from a range of different minority ethnic heritages. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding is average. This is extra funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those looked-after by the local authority, and those who come from armed services families. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is below average. The proportion of such pupils who are supported at school action plus or who have statements of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are minimum expectations set for pupils’ attainment and progress. All pupils are educated on site. The school does not use alternative provision to support any of its pupils. The current headteacher had just been appointed at the time of the last inspection, after a time of considerable turbulence in senior leadership. There have been a number of other staff changes since, but staffing has been more stable over the last year. The school has just started to admit children to the Nursery class from the age of two. Only a tiny number of such pupils are on roll at present.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Strong leadership has improved teaching and learning significantly in the last two years. The staff and governors form a good team who work continually to improve pupils’ education under the excellent leadership of the headteacher. Teaching, and pupils’ resultant progress, are now good and are consistently so across the school. Pupils who had fallen behind in their learning in the past have been helped to make up a lot of the lost ground. Pupils have a wide variety of interesting things to do that make lessons exciting and fun. They are well behaved, feel safe in the school and enjoy learning. Pupils’ collaborative skills are good because of the many opportunities they have to discuss their ideas together and to work cooperatively. Attainment is going up steadily throughout the school. Greatly improved provision in the Nursery and Reception classes is giving children a much more secure start to their learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are still minor inconsistencies in teaching which mean that, in most lessons, it is good rather than outstanding. In some lessons, teachers miss opportunities to use information and communication technology (ICT) to support pupils’ learning in other subjects. There are inconsistencies in how well teachers mark pupils’ work and show them how to improve. At times, teachers do not spend enough time at the ends of lessons to consolidate pupils’ understanding. The school has not yet implemented its plans to ensure that the different aspects of ICT are used in a balanced way to help pupils’ progress in a variety of subjects.