Beechcroft Infant School

Name Beechcroft Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 January 2014
Address Beechcroft Road, Upper Stratton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 7QE
Phone Number 01793823278
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 242 (49% boys 51% girls)
Local Authority Swindon
Percentage Free School Meals 22.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 30.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Beechcroft is an average-sized infant school. Most pupils come from the local area, but in recent years an increasing number of pupils have come from further afield. There are very few pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds attending the school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children looked after by the local authority and those from service families, is lower than the national average. There are no children from service families currently attending the school. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is above the national average, as is the proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The headteacher and the senior leadership team were all internally appointed to these new roles in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ attainment is high and is well above national averages in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 2. The proportions of pupils reaching Level 3 is well above national averages in both reading and mathematics. Teaching in Reception is very effective and children make good progress from their starting points and are well prepared for Year 1. Pupils feel safe and well looked after and this is due to the good work by the school. Pupils like going to school and enjoy their time there. Relationships in school between the pupils and with the adults who work with them are good. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons is good and pupils have a good attitude to learning. The school is well led by the new headteacher who is supported by a strong middle-leadership team. Members of the leadership team work well together and have a clear focus on raising the quality of teaching in the school. The school has a good capacity to improve. Governors know the school well and hold the senior leaders to account for the progress the pupils make. The school curriculum contributes strongly to the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of the pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make the corrections that would improve their work after they get feedback from their teachers. When learning to read, pupils do not learn the sounds that groups of letters make quickly enough. School leaders at all levels use the information they have on how well pupils are doing to track the progress of different groups of pupils. However this could be done more easily and efficiently to spot trends in the progress groups of pupils are making.