Terling Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School


Name Terling Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Website http://www.terling.essex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 12 March 2019
Address New Road, Terling, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 2PN
Phone Number 01245233206
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 98 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Percentage Free School Meals 6.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The school is a Church of England voluntary aided primary school under the Diocese of Chelmsford. The school’s most recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under section 48 of the Education Act was on 1 May 2018. The school received a good judgement at this time. It had previously been outstanding. The school is a smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. There are four classes in the school: Reception, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. The school has had four headteachers since the previous inspection. The headteacher joined the school in April 2016. The headteacher was absent during this inspection and has been on leave of absence since January 2019. A new deputy headteacher started at the school in September 2018 on a part-time basis. She is temporarily working full time as the acting headteacher. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is much lower than the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders, governors, the local authority and the diocese have failed to stem a decline in standards over recent years. Pupils do not make the progress that they should by the end of key stage 2. Since the previous inspection, there has been high turnover in leadership and staffing at the school. This has hindered leaders’ capacity to bring sustained improvements in teaching, learning and the curriculum. Governors do not all have the same understanding about the weaknesses in teaching and learning. They do not challenge leaders and the local authority effectively about standards in the school. Pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not make good progress over time, both socially and academically. Teaching, learning and assessment, and the achievement of pupils are not yet consistently good. Although staffing is now more stable, pupils have gaps in their knowledge and understanding, especially in mathematics, which have yet to be fully addressed. Some subject leaders’ work to raise standards in subjects other than English and mathematics is not yet fully embedded. It is too early to see the impact of this work. The school has the following strengths Leaders, governors and staff are working relentlessly to bring about improvements. Despite significant staffing issues, they have maintained the daily running of the school remarkably well. Children in the early years get a very good start to their education. They learn, behave and achieve well. Pupils feel safe, well supported and happy at the school. They love learning, and build strong relationships with staff, despite staff changes. They behave well and act as positive role models for one another. Staff are positive about the changes being brought by leaders. They are diligent and committed to doing their best for pupils.