|Name||Abbots Ripton CofE Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||17 June 2015|
|Address||Wennington Road, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2LT|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||98 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Children in the early years attend full time in the Reception class. Older pupils are taught in mixed-age classes which vary in organisation according to numbers on roll. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, (those supported by the pupil premium, the additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority) is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. A pre-school group meet weekly in the school’s buildings but it is not managed by the governing body and was not included in the inspection. The headteacher was appointed in September 2013 and the assistant headteacher in 2014. The headteacher maintains a role within the local authority as part of the newly qualified teacher Appropriate Body committee that gives support to schools and newly qualified teachers in their induction year.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The school has improved since the last inspection. Pupils make good progress because the headteacher has established a belief in excellence within its inclusive ethos. The headteacher, all staff, governors and members of the diocese have worked together effectively to improve achievement and teaching. Teaching is consistently good. Pupils are taught effectively because work is well planned, engages their interest and challenges them to think. Behaviour is impressively mature. Pupils are courteous, sensitive to each other and adults. They are confident and well-prepared for secondary schools. They are safe and cared for very well. Pupils are enthusiastic learners and enjoy working together on projects, sports and supporting each other’s learning. They say they feel very safe. The headteacher has led a successful drive to engage parents in their children’s learning. Communication and information sharing are good. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress because their needs are identified quickly and they are well taught. Children in the early years make good progress, are happy learners and kept safe. Governors are effective because they have been diligent in improving their understanding of how to hold the school to account for its performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement in writing is not as good as it is in reading and mathematics. The school’s revised assessment system is not yet fully established. Pupils’ handwriting requires further improvement so that pupils write more fluently in a consistent style, as required by the school’s policy.