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The school exudes a strong sense of common purpose. The values of ASPIRE (achievement, support, perseverance, independence, respect and enthusiasm) are evident at every turn.
Pupils know what these values mean and demonstrate them in how they learn, behave and treat others. They are what being at Blenheim is about.
Staff contribute strongly to the shared vision for pupils to be 'the best you can be'.
Pupils benefit from a consistently high standard of education across the curriculum throughout their time at school. The school is highly inclusive. Impressive support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) means that they contribute... fully to all aspects of school life.
Considered, focused and structured work promotes the interests and ambitions of disadvantaged pupils.
Pupils have someone in school to talk to if they are worried about something. There is not much bullying.
Pupils are confident that, if it does happen, staff will deal with it well.
Parents and carers are extremely positive about the school. Comments from parents describing their children's 'wonderful primary school experience' or telling how 'we love our school' encapsulate the views expressed by many.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Curriculum plans are the starting point for the very high quality of education. They are closely matched to the national curriculum, ensuring that pupils learn what they need to. The content pupils learn grows in depth and complexity over time.
Teachers meet with their counterparts in different year groups and gain a real understanding of what pupils have learned before. They find out what pupils will need to know to be ready for the year above.
Teachers meet regularly in year teams.
They work together extremely well to assess pupils' understanding and to decide what lessons should focus on next. In the past, these meetings revolved around English and mathematics. Now they consider other subjects in depth as well, which has led to great consistency in high-quality planning and teaching.
Strong, sustained progression through subjects across the curriculum is secured. As a result, the very high achievements of pupils in mathematics and English are now a feature of other subjects too.
Leaders give reading a high priority.
Pupils are successfully encouraged to read different types of texts and to read regularly at home. Those who fall behind are helped to catch up. The Year 6 reading champions 'really enjoy' helping younger pupils learn to read.
Pupils' achievements in reading are consistently high.
Teaching activities in early years are focused well on knowledge, skills and understanding, and expectations are high. The range of activities on offer is extensive.
Children build on what they have learned before. They take on new challenges. Highly motivated, confident children delight in the opportunity to discuss their learning.
Pupils with SEND benefit greatly from adults' determination that 'no child is left behind'. The highly trained and motivated inclusion team makes sure that pupils are in the best possible frame of mind to learn. Staff support parents as well as pupils, working with external agencies as appropriate to provide wraparound support.
The 'Qube' caters particularly well for pupils requiring expert support. Everything here is personalised, tailored to the individual and routinely evaluated. Leaders provide suitable training for staff.
As a result, teachers and teaching assistants in the Qube are highly skilled.
Leaders carefully tailor what is offered to maximise the benefit for all pupils. Pupils' needs and interests are at the heart of leaders' work to develop pupils' personal development.
For example, almost all pupils take part in the summer art, craft and performance event. There are sports competitions specifically designed to encourage participation from pupils with SEND. Careers work broadens the horizons of disadvantaged pupils.
The development of pupils' character is embedded in all aspects of the school. The 'ask, build, challenge' approach improves pupils' confidence. Effective systems to promote good behaviour underpin the pervasive, positive ethos.
Pupils listen carefully and respond in a considered fashion to what others say. They question and thoughtfully build on each other's ideas. Pupils support each other's learning.
As with so much else, this links directly to the school's values. The continual promotion and celebration of the values mean that these become ingrained in pupils' minds.
Leaders are restless in their desire to continually improve.
Staff are fully on board. All have high expectations, are highly motivated and proud to work at the school. They feel valued and supported.
Leaders involve staff in decision-making and support them to develop their careers.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Leaders maintain an accurate record of checks on staff who work at the school.
They have well-kept safeguarding records and are vigilant in following up concerns with external agencies. Leaders make sure that staff have up-to-date safeguarding training. Staff know what to do if they have a concern.