Binstead Primary School

Name Binstead Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Hazlemere Avenue, Binstead, Ryde, PO33 3SA
Phone Number 01983562341
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210 (50.5% boys 49.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21
Local Authority Isle of Wight
Percentage Free School Meals 12.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persistent Absence 5.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (10 June 2014)
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Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are from a White British background and very few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which is additional funding for certain groups such as those known to be eligible for free school meals, is lower than average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and those who are disabled is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. There are three mixed-age classes in Years 4 and 5. The headteacher took up her post in September 2013. In 2011 the school was reorganised so that pupils remained at the school through to Year 6 rather than leaving at the end of Year 4. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Results in the national tests over the past three years have been consistently well above average at the end of Key Stage 1 and above average for Key Stage 2, except in 2013 when results were average. Pupils make good progress overall and have made better progress this year than they did last year, especially in reading. Pupils’ behaviour both in class and out is good. They have great pride in their school and keep it litter free, tidy and calm. Pupils feel happy, relaxed and safe. Teaching is particularly lively and engaging because teachers choose interesting tasks and resources which appeal to pupils who have good attitudes to learning. Teachers and support staff help disabled pupils and those with special educational needs to make good progress because they know the pupils extremely well and are skilled at asking questions and explaining things clearly. The headteacher, senior staff and governors understand what is, and is not, going well in the school and have already made several important improvements to ensure all pupils make at least good progress. It is not yet an outstanding school because: A few more-able pupils do not make sufficient progress in the mixed-age classes. Marking in mathematics does not always help pupils to move on or improve. Middle managers do not have enough support to enable them to develop their subject area and monitor pupils’ progress so that they can intervene quickly if problems arise. The school does not always communicate well enough with parents and carers who have concerns about their children.