Yattendon School

Name Yattendon School
Website http://www.yattendon.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 February 2013
Address Oakwood Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7BZ
Phone Number 01293734100
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 387 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.5
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 9.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.7%
Persisitent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an above average-sized junior school. The great majority of pupils are from White British heritage. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds or who speak English as an additional language are below the national average. Since the last inspection, the school has experienced major changes. The headteacher and deputy headteacher were appointed in 2010 and more than half of the teachers are new in post. The Chair of Governors and Vice Chair took up post in 2010 and all members of the governing body except two are new. The number of pupils known to be eligible for additional funding through the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and children of service families) is below the national average. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, and those supported at school action plus, or who have a statement of special educational needs, are broadly average compared to national figures. The school meets the current government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school does not make use of alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and his deputy are the driving force behind the school’s continuing improvement. They have built a strong team of teachers and other staff who have ensured that attainment in English and mathematics is on an upward trajectory. Over time, rates of progress have continued to rise so that currently all pupils in Year 6 are expected to do well in English and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. The rate of progress of pupils with disabilities and/or special education needs is improving rapidly and is now good. The way subjects are taught is exciting, with many opportunities for pupils to practise reading and writing in other subjects other than English. Parents and carers make an exceptional contribution to the behaviour and learning of their children. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary because of the active role they play in ensuring that behaviour around the school is exceptional and attitudes to learning in lessons are outstanding. Support staff work well with pupils in need of additional help and are playing an important role in improving standards. The governing body holds the school well to account for its performance and its management of the finances. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A few pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding who are on free school meals are not doing quite as well as other pupils. Leaders do not check one-to-one and small group teaching often enough to ensure that they help pupils to make as much progress as they should. Pupils are not always given enough opportunities to work without the teacher’s help so that they can build up skills that will help them in their next steps of education.