Brailes CofE Primary School

Name Brailes CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 October 2014
Address Lower Brailes, Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 5AP
Phone Number 01608685253
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 68 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Local Authority Warwickshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 7.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is very much smaller than the average-sized primary schools. Pupils are taught in three mixed-age classes. Pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are in one class; pupils from Year 3 and Year 4 in another; and pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 in the third class. The headteacher teaches in the Year 5 and 6 class for the equivalent of two days a week. Due to lower pupil numbers in 2013 and 2014 there has been a reduction in the number of teachers employed within the school All pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is below the national average. This is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The proportion identified for additional support through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. In 2013, there were too few pupils in Year 6 for the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress, to be applicable.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress, particularly in reading and mathematics, and leave Year 6 with standards that are above average. Teaching is good because teachers make learning interesting for the pupils and match tasks well to different ages and abilities. The use of assessment information has improved since the last inspection. School leaders and teachers now use the information well to set challenging targets for pupils and to monitor their progress. Governors work well with the headteacher to monitor and evaluate how the school is doing. They provide good challenge and support. Children in Reception settle quickly and happily into school. They make good progress in all areas of learning and are well prepared for Year 1. Pupils show great consideration for each other, with older pupils taking care of younger children. Their behaviour is good and they are eager to learn. They feel safe in school and know that staff look after them well. Pupils have a strong understanding of what is right and wrong. The school successfully places a high emphasis on supporting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Parents are very positive about the work that the school does with their children. They know that their children are valued and well-cared for and recognise the school’s important role within the local community. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The standards that pupils attain in writing are not as high as in mathematics and reading because : pupils are not provided with enough opportunities to write at length. The progress that pupils make in Years 1 and 2 is not as rapid as in other year groups in school as teachers’ expectations of what they can achieve are not always sufficiently high. Teachers do not have enough opportunities to observe and learn from outstanding teaching in other schools.