Baydon St Nicholas Church of England Primary School
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About Baydon St Nicholas Church of England Primary School
Baydon St Nicholas Church of England Primary School
There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of good as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection.
However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might not be as high if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. Inspectors are recommending the next inspection to be a graded inspection.
What is it like to attend this school?
Pupils enjoy coming to this friendly school.
They see their school as a family where everyone looks after one another. Pupils have a good grasp of how the school values of respect, kindness and perseverance prepare them for life. Their practise of these values means that bullying does not happen here....
Where the curriculum is well matched to pupils' needs, they demonstrate positive attitudes to their learning. In some subjects, including phonics for the youngest children, the content is not well enough matched to pupils' needs. In these cases, pupils often lack attention and engagement.
In some learning, they do not always take pride in their work because teachers' expectations of them are not high enough.
Pupils learn that everyone is different. They respect this.
Pupils know that some people are discriminated against because of their looks or characteristics. They feel that everyone is treated equally at their school.
The curriculum is enriched by a range of trips and visitors.
The experiences are carefully chosen to broaden pupils' cultural capital and horizons beyond their locality. Pupils look forward to taking roles of responsibility, including the organisation of fundraising. These citizenship opportunities develop their sense of service to their community.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders have successfully designed a curriculum that meets the organisational challenges of the school. The four-year design is ambitious and coherent. However, leaders have not yet clearly identified the knowledge they want pupils to learn in each year for all subject curriculums.
This hampers teachers' clarity over what should be expected of pupils and by when.
Reading has been prioritised by leaders. The recent introduction of a phonics programme means that the order in which pupils learn sounds is clear.
The teaching of the phonics programme, however, is not ensuring all pupils make the progress they are capable of. This is because it is not always well matched to their needs, including for some pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Support for those pupils who fall behind is not always effective in helping them to catch up.
Pupils love to read. Classrooms have inviting selections of texts to choose from which pupils say they like. They enjoy having stories read to them by teachers and talk enthusiastically about past and present texts they have listened to.
Pupils are particularly excited about using their new school library. However, leaders have not secured a consistent approach to the teaching of reading for older pupils.
In some subjects, leaders have identified and agreed the teaching strategies they want teachers to use.
This is particularly successful in mathematics where pupils learn well. In other subjects, pupils experience a variability of approach. Subject leaders do not yet support teachers to develop their teaching strategies and subject knowledge well enough.
Assessment is used well in mathematics to ensure pupils learn the right content at the right time. However, because the knowledge in other subjects has not yet been identified with enough detail, assessment is not always used well to match the content to pupils' needs and abilities. This means that, sometimes, pupils are working on content that is too hard or too easy for them.
Governors are committed to carrying out their strategic roles effectively. They have recently adapted the way they oversee the work of the school. This is enabling a renewed focus on the curriculum and quality of education.
Governors make regular visits to the school to evaluate the information given to them by leaders. Staff are very positive about leaders' work to support their workload and well-being. They feel involved in decision-making, which makes them feel like valued members of the team.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Leaders prioritise the safeguarding of pupils. They make sure that all staff have the knowledge they need to identify concerns.
Information is shared effectively using agreed systems, which means that leaders are able to act swiftly. Pupils and families get the right help at the right time due to leaders' effective work with outside agencies.
Through the curriculum, pupils are taught age-appropriate ways to keep themselves safe.
They feel confident talking to any adult about their worries. Pupils demonstrate a good understanding of online safety.
What does the school need to do to improve?
(Information for the school and appropriate authority)
• The delivery of the phonics programme to younger pupils is not well matched to their needs.
As a result, some pupils do not learn the knowledge they need to keep up with their peers. Leaders must ensure that the way the phonics programme is implemented meets the needs of all pupils. ? Leaders have not identified key knowledge that pupils should know in all subject curriculums, including reading beyond phonics.
This makes it difficult for teachers to know what to expect of pupils and by when. Leaders should identify the granular knowledge pupils should know and by when, so that teachers' expectations of pupils are higher. ? Subject leaders' skills to improve their areas of responsibility are not fully developed.
They are not yet supporting teachers to develop their subject knowledge and teaching strategies. Subject leaders need to ensure they improve teachers' subject knowledge and agreed teaching strategies so that pupils experience a consistently well-delivered curriculum.
When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.
This is called an ungraded inspection and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.
Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.
This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in November 2012.
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