West Chinnock Church of England Primary School


Name West Chinnock Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.westchinnockprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 March 2011
Address Scotts Way, West Chinnock, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 7PU
Phone Number 01935881367
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 51 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Local Authority Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 13.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about the school

The school is much smaller than most primary schools and is situated in a small rural village. Most pupils are of White British heritage with few who speak English as an additional language. There are no pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. The school is federated with another local school and the headteacher is responsible for both schools. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in the Key Stage 1 class. There is a playgroup on site which is not managed by the governing body and was inspected separately.

Main findings

This is a good school. This is mainly due to the dedication of staff and governors and the strength of their leadership. They have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and of what more needs to be done. Since the school federated with another local primary school, it has established strong teamwork and staff morale is high. This has enabled school leaders to effectively use resources to enhance the provision for pupils. They have reviewed the school improvement plan and set appropriate priorities for further development. The school has successfully addressed the issues from the last inspection and has good capacity to improve further. Because the school is small, staff know pupils well and so they are able to meet their individual needs appropriately, particularly in reading and mathematics, where progress is good. Progress in writing is slightly slower in Key Stage 1 because teachers do not always use the information from assessments to plan tasks that are precisely matched to pupils’ needs, particularly those who are higher attaining. Consequently, they are insufficiently challenged and teachers do not have consistently high enough expectations of what these pupils can achieve. Provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage is satisfactory and children make satisfactory progress. They enjoy their activities but have insufficient opportunities to make choices and develop independence and this slows them down. In addition, access to their outdoor area is rather restricted, although the school has plans in place to change this. Currently it means that opportunities to extend their learning outside are rather limited. The curriculum is good. It is well planned to provide enriching experiences for pupils and enables them to develop their skills sequentially in most subjects. The school’s delightful grounds provide pupils with plenty of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. The sensory garden provides a place for quiet reflection as well as an inspiration for drawing, painting and story telling. Classrooms too are bright and attractive with some imaginative displays which provide a stimulating learning environment. The school provides outstanding care, guidance and support so that pupils can thrive and flourish. Arrangements for ensuring that all pupils are safe and secure are excellent. The school is a focal point within the village and this enables pupils to make an outstanding contribution to the school and the wider community. Older pupils take care of younger ones and organise activities for them at break times. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. Pupils are polite, friendly and they get on well together in lessons and in the playground. Members of the gardening club grow a variety of fruit and vegetables and this, together with a wide range of sports and games available, helps pupils to develop an excellent understanding of the need to stay fit and healthy. Relationships between parents, governors and the school are excellent and help to make pupils feel very safe and secure in school.