Walsingham CE VA Primary School


Name Walsingham CE VA Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 October 2014
Address Wells Road, Great Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6DU
Phone Number 01328820265
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 30 (40% boys 60% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.0
Percentage Free School Meals 20%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Walsingham Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School was closed and re-opened on 1 April 2013. The school is part of the Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Primary Schools. When its predecessor school, Walsingham Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The headteacher took up post in April 2013 and the deputy headteacher took up post in September 2013. They both have responsibility for the leadership of the four schools in the Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Primary Schools. The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in mixed-aged classes. Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are grouped together, as are pupils in Years 3 to Year 6. All pupils are White British and there are no pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are eligible to receive the pupil premium is well above average. This is additional funding for pupils in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported through a statement of special educational need or with an education, heath or care plan is well above average. Because the number of pupils in Year 6 is small, the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for progress and attainment, are not applicable in this school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school benefits from strong leadership by the headteacher. She is well supported by the deputy headteacher, governors and staff who are all committed to improving teaching and learning. Pupils of all abilities make good progress in their learning, and the proportion who make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics is increasing quickly. Teaching is consistently good. Teachers set high expectations and plan creative learning activities. These capture pupils’ attention and interests, and help them to make good progress. The school’s work to keep pupils safe is good. Pupils manage their own behaviour with maturity. They are polite, courteous and speak to visitors with confidence. Pupils enjoy coming to school and attend punctually. Attendance has improved so that it is now average. Leaders monitor teaching and learning closely and standards have improved as a result. Governors regularly check pupils’ progress, and challenge school leaders to secure the best outcomes for them. The school has made good progress with developing its preferred approach to assessment. It provides good support for schools in the Pilgrim Federation of Church of England Primary Schools. Governors ensure that the curriculum delivers a broad set of learning experiences, which are supported by personal and social education, assemblies, educational visits, clubs and activities. All of this promotes pupils’ good social, moral, spiritual and cultural development, so they are respectful, tolerant and collaborative. Provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Teachers are creative and skilful in planning children’s learning to ensure that they make good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not have sufficient opportunities to practise writing and numeracy across different subjects. Parents are not fully involved in supporting their children’s learning in the Early Years. Teachers do not always plan writing activities using the information they have about pupils to closely match the tasks to pupils’ abilities, particularly for the most able.