Alfred Sutton Primary School

Name Alfred Sutton Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 148 Wokingham Road, Reading, RG6 1JR
Phone Number 01189375411
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 681 (51.4% boys 48.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.3
Local Authority Reading
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 52.5%
Persistent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 October 2012)
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Information about this school

Alfred Sutton is a much larger than average-sized primary school. Pupils come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, with Pakistani and White British being the largest groups. Over half the school population speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average, but the proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. A below average proportion of pupils is known to be eligible for pupil premium. The proportion of pupils who join and leave the school at different points in the school year is higher than average. The school meets the current government floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All groups of pupils achieve well, including those with disabilities and special educational needs. Children make good progress in Nursery and Reception, and good progress continues at Key Stages 1 and 2. Pupils are well prepared for their next school. The quality of teaching is good and makes sure that pupils do as well as they can. Support staff are used well, both in and out of lessons, to intervene with and encourage pupils who need help both in learning and in their personal development. Behaviour is consistently good. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning so that they always settle quickly to their tasks. They show consideration and respect for others and feel confident that the school is a safe place for pupils. Good teamwork is at the heart of the school’s success. Because of a tireless drive to improve pupils’ literacy and mathematical skills, pupils are doing much better than at the time of the last inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough teaching that is outstanding. This is because there are still a few lessons in which pupils find the work either too easy or too hard. In a few lessons, pupils do not always know what is expected of them and what they need to do to improve their work. For reasons outside of the school’s control, the governing body has a number of vacancies. Serious efforts to fill these are underway but there is still a knock-on effect in that governors are not always able to ask really challenging questions of the school and help fully to make the school even better.