Arbury Primary School

Name Arbury Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Carlton Way, Cambridge, CB4 2DE
Phone Number 01223359568
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 407 (51.4% boys 48.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.4
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 28.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 25.1%
Persisitent Absence 8%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (19 March 2014)
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Information about this school

This is a very large school compared to other primary schools. The majority of pupils are White British, although over a third have a minority ethnic background. The proportion of those who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and pupils with special educational needs receiving extra help to address moderate learning difficulties (school action) is well above average. The proportion of pupils receiving additional support for their complex learning needs (school action plus) is below average. Eight pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Over a third of pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals, which is above average. The school receives additional funding known as the ‘pupil premium’ for these pupils, based on the number of pupils in the care of the local authority, from service families and those known be eligible for free school meals. There are currently no pupils from service families in the school. The school meets the current government floor standards, which are the minimum levels expected for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The Early Years Foundation Stage includes two Reception classes with a total of 60 children. The school provides a daily breakfast club and a range of after school activities. The school has two awards: the ArtsMark (Gold) for its work in the expressive arts and the Equality Award for promoting equality of opportunity for all pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Parents and pupils love this welcoming school. Pupils achieve well. Special classes and small groups are used very effectively to help them understand how to improve their work, especially those who find the work difficult. Children get a flying start in the Early Years Foundation Stage and thrive in this caring and stimulating environment. Teaching is good. Some is outstanding. Classrooms are fun with plenty of attractive resources to encourage all pupils to make progress. The teaching and progress of pupils who have English as an additional language are very good. Behaviour is good in lessons and exemplary around the school. Pupils care for one another and feel very safe. They act safely because : they are taught how to do this extremely well. The headteacher is highly committed and ambitious for the success of the school. He inspires pupils to do their best and is well supported by a dedicated deputy headteacher and staff. Since the previous inspection, leaders and governors have maintained the strengths in pupil’s personal development, teaching and achievement. They have improved attendance significantly. With the strong support of staff the school is well placed to improve further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are not given sufficient opportunities to develop their writing skills in longer pieces of work in subjects other than literacy. Teachers do not always ensure that standards in grammar and handwriting are high enough across subjects. Middle leaders are not using data fully to raise standards across all subjects.