Caldecott Primary School

Name Caldecott Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 May 2013
Address Caldecott Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 5HB
Phone Number 01235523132
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 437 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.9
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 15.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.3%
Persisitent Absence 6.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in two Reception classes and a Nursery. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding given to the school for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families) is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headship is a job share, with one headteacher working for four days per week and the other for one day per week. For the rest of the week, the latter is the school’s deputy headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Good teaching means that pupils achieve well and their attainment rises to broadly average levels by the end of Year 6. Children make a good start to school life in the Early Years Foundation Stage where they are taught well. Across the school, teachers inspire pupils to develop a love of learning. Work is exciting and purposeful and motivates pupils to do their best. Pupils behave well and feel very safe. They have good manners and are hard working. They keenly take responsibility and get on very well with each other. Good leadership is ensuring that the school continues to improve. There is no complacency and leaders are doing the right things to iron out remaining weaknesses. The school has a wealth of data about how well pupils are learning. It intervenes quickly if it identifies from this information any pupils who are in danger of falling behind so that they soon catch up. Additional government funding (the pupil premium) is used well to support eligible pupils and to close quickly the gap between their attainment and that of others. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school and the way that learning is enriched through a good number of visits and clubs. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ attainment is slightly lower in writing than in reading and mathematics. This is because pupils have too few opportunities to use their knowledge of letters and sounds (phonics) to improve their spelling and, occasionally, pupils do not take enough care with their handwriting. In a few lessons, work does not provide enough challenge for the most able.