Alderman Payne Primary School

Name Alderman Payne Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 November 2012
Address 9, Main Road, Parson Drove, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 4JA
Phone Number 01945700275
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101 (41% boys 59% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.4
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 22.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%
Persisitent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is a smaller-than-average primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding to help particular pupils who need it) is above average. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and of those who speak English as an additional language are both lower than average. The proportion of pupils who are supported through school action is above average, but the proportion supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is below average. A larger-than-average proportion of pupils join the school partway through the year, or in different year groups. The headteacher took up post in September 2010. Three out of the four class teachers started at the school in the last two years, and the current senior leadership team was formed this term. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school changed its name in September 2012 from ‘Payne’ to ‘Alderman Payne’ Primary School.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Almost all pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics in all year groups, and standards have risen over the last two years in Key Stages 1 and 2. Teaching is good. Teachers ask searching questions to check pupils’ understanding, maintain their interest and deepen their thinking. Other adults in the classroom support pupils sensitively and effectively. This helps pupils with additional learning needs to do well. Pupils behave well and have a good understanding about how they can keep themselves safe in different situations. Changes made to the way subjects are taught have improved achievement and made learning more enjoyable for pupils. Good links with parents and the local community make sure they are fully involved in school life. The governors hold the headteacher accountable for improving the school by asking challenging questions and visiting regularly to check how well it is performing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The guidance given to pupils on how they can improve their work is not consistently good across all classes and all subjects. Occasionally, the work set for pupils is too hard or too easy and the teacher does not adjust the lesson activities quickly enough. Too much responsibility for leadership and management falls to the headteacher in this small school. Some practical activities in lessons fire pupils’ enthusiasm, but they are not yet planned carefully or happen often enough to help pupils develop their basic skills in different subjects.