Abbas and Templecombe Church of England Primary School

Name Abbas and Templecombe Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 23 February 2017
Address School Lane, Templecombe, Somerset, BA8 0HP
Phone Number 01963370481
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 127 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Percentage Free School Meals 13.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%

Information about this school

The school meets the requirements for the publication of specified information on its website. The school is considerably smaller than the average-sized primary school. The great majority of pupils come from a White heritage British background. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is below average. The school meets the current floor standards, which are the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress for pupils by the end of Year 6. There are five mixed-age classes. Children in the Reception class attend full time. The school operates a breakfast club. The headteacher was appointed for the start of the current school year. At the same time, there was a restructuring of the senior leadership team and changes in the make-up of the governing body. There is an independently run pre-school on the school site. It was not part of this inspection. At the time of the inspection, the headteacher was absent from school through illness.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Pupils’ achievement between Year 1 and Year 6 is not as good as it should be. Not enough pupils make or exceed the expected levels of progress. Disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, middle-attaining pupils and the most able do not reach high enough standards to equip them well enough for moving on at the end of Year 6. Teaching requires improvement because it has not been consistently good enough to ensure that pupils make enough progress over the last few years. There is not enough challenge in writing tasks, especially for the most able, to enable them to achieve to their full potential, especially in subjects other than English. There are insufficiently high expectations of standards of presentation of pupils’ work, including handwriting, which hinders progress. There is insufficient emphasis on developing reasoning skills in mathematics. Staff have not been fully held to account for pupils’ progress in the school. Only recently has there been enough rigour in the leadership’s checking of the quality of teaching and learning to help improve teachers’ skills and confidence, particularly in meeting the needs of a new curriculum. Significant changes in staffing since the previous inspection have adversely affected the school’s ability to promote good progress. The school has the following strengths The new leadership, assisted by governors, has rapidly and significantly improved most aspects of the school. School leaders have the capacity to improve the school further. Pupils benefit from strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils behave well, feel safe and enjoy very good care and support. Parents confirm this. Children in early years make good progress. The leadership has established productive links with parents and with other local schools.