Berkswich CofE (VC) Primary School

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About Berkswich CofE (VC) Primary School

Name Berkswich CofE (VC) Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Samantha Jackson
Address Cedar Way, Walton-on-the-Hill, Stafford, ST17 0LU
Phone Number 01785337360
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 215
Local Authority Staffordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Berkswich CofE (VC) Primary School continues to be an outstanding school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils learn exceptionally well at Berkswich CofE Primary School. All pupils are well cared for and nurtured by dedicated staff.

Pupils say that they are very happy and safe here.

The school has set high expectations for what all pupils can achieve. All pupils are well supported and challenged to reach their full potential.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are given the right support at the right time. This helps to prepare pupils extremely well for their next stages of education.

Behaviour is exemplary.

...>Leaders pay serious attention to teaching pupils to behave well. Pupils are explicitly taught good manners, such as holding doors open for adults and for each other. Relationships across the school are highly respectful.

The school's core values include being compassionate, inclusive, respectful, responsible and a team player. Every member of the school community exemplifies these values. Everyone is welcomed and celebrated here.

Pupils have a strong understanding of different faiths and cultures.

The school gives pupils a wide range of experiences. These support pupils both academically and in their wider personal development.

For example, pupils are taught to use a defibrillator and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). All of this prepares pupils well to be positive members of society.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has high expectations of what pupils can achieve.

These high expectations begin in the early years. Furthermore, the curriculum is highly effective in meeting pupils' needs. Every potential barrier to learning for pupils is understood and catered for.

Staff regularly review curriculum subject areas. As part of this work, leaders carefully consider what pupils need to know and the order in which pupils need to learn it. Adults make sure that any gaps in learning are quickly picked up.

As a result, all pupils, including those with SEND, learn exceptionally well in all subjects.

In lessons, teachers demonstrate secure subject knowledge. They deliver lessons clearly.

Pupils successfully build on their prior knowledge. For example, in history, pupils use their previous knowledge of amphitheatres in ancient Greece when comparing theatres in Tudor times. In addition, pupils can make connections between topics because of their secure subject knowledge.

In the early years, the indoor and outdoor environments are of high quality. They support pupils' learning effectively.

Reading is given the highest priority.

The school has created a community of 'reading ambassadors' who actively promote a love of reading. These ambassadors include staff, pupils and volunteers from the local community. Pupils talk about books and reading with enthusiasm.

They take pride in their school library and speak excitedly about their favourite books. Furthermore, pupils are taught to read well. Staff are highly trained in delivering the school's phonics programme and they take swift and effective action to support any pupils needing additional help.

Behaviour in classrooms and around school is exceptional. In lessons, pupils are highly engaged and motivated. At playtime, older pupils teach younger pupils how to engage in traditional playground games.

A tuck shop gives pupils the opportunity to handle money and work out their change. All adults model clear expectations of behaviour and lead by example. Adults purposefully model courteous behaviours to each other in front of pupils.

These positive interactions teach pupils how to behave respectfully and politely.

Pupils' personal development is of the highest quality. Pupils have a wide range of opportunities.

These are planned in a deliberate and well-thought-out way. The school supports individual pupils with their own broader development needs, such as building their confidence or help with public speaking. Pupils experience additional specialist support in music and sports.

Pupils' mental health is taken very seriously. Dedicated, trained staff are available to pupils. Pupils seek them out and discuss their worries and concerns.

Pupils say they find this extremely helpful.

All staff have high expectations of themselves and of each other. They are extremely well supported by school leaders and governors.

Workload, well-being and career professional development is taken very seriously here. This means that staff become highly skilled very quickly. Governors and leaders know that creating a secure workplace will have a positive impact on pupils' outcomes.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the provision in place for their children.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

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 first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding in June 2017.

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