|Name||Bloxham Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||07 February 2012|
|Address||Tadmarton Road, Bloxham, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 4HP|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||420 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||10.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about the school
This school is larger than most primary schools. Pupils mainly come from White British backgrounds with 15% coming from minority ethnic groups. No pupils speak English as an additional language. A small number of pupils from Traveller families attend. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is broadly average. There is an onsite Partnership Foundation Stage Unit that provides joint maintained and private provision for learning and childcare for children between the ages of three and five. A children’s centre is also situated on the school site. It is not is managed by the governing body and was not part of this inspection. The school meets the current government floor standards.
Bloxham is a good and highly inclusive school that continues to place pupils’ achievement and well-being at the heart of what it does. By the end of Year 6, attainment is above average in reading, writing and mathematics. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage achieve well. Pupils make good progress overall in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and this reflects the good, if slightly variable, quality of teaching.. Teachers’ marking of pupils’ work does not always inform pupils about what they need to do to improve and reach their targets. Teaching assistants contribute well to learning and especially work well with those pupils with specific individual needs. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Pupils enjoy learning. They are enthused by their teachers who plan exciting activities for them. Pupils are polite and respectful towards each other and the adults they come into contact with. As they get older they show a good awareness of different beliefs and cultures in the United Kingdom and beyond. Attendance is average and improving. Pupils say they feel safe in school and others behave well. Any rare instances of unsocial behaviour are managed effectively by teachers. The headteacher and staff have developed excellent links with both the pre-school staff and those in the children’s centre, which ensure that children get off to a good start. The school is well led by the headteacher who has secured the support of staff and governors in the drive for further improvements. Senior leaders and managers are aware that the monitoring of teaching and learning is not rigorous enough to ensure consistently good teaching in all year groups. Parents and carers are pleased with the education their children receive.