Chestnuts Primary School

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About Chestnuts Primary School

Name Chestnuts Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Becky Skillings
Address Buckingham Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 5EN
Phone Number 01908373748
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 433
Local Authority Milton Keynes
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The senior team shares the headteacher's ambition for the pupils in the school. Through their hard work and commitment, they are all determined that every pupil has the best opportunity to succeed. The recently appointed headteacher provides strong leadership.

She is robust, rigorous and relentless in her drive to improve the school. Outcomes are improving rapidly but they are not yet good. Senior leaders and governors have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in the school.

They have secure plans in place to address remaining issues. Leaders and teachers have improved teaching effectively. As a result, most pupils, those who are disadvantaged and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are making good progress in reading and writing.

Their progress is not as strong in mathematics. Although achievement for the most able pupils is improving, they do not consistently achieve the standards of which they are capable. Outcomes in the Year 1 phonics screening check have been consistently below the national average but are improving.

The school welcomes a high number of pupils with SEND. These pupils play a full part in school life. The school is caring and nurtures all pupils well.

Support from the Inspiring Futures through Learning multi-academy trust has been instrumental to the school's improvement. Governors are well equipped to provide effective challenge and support for leaders. Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong.

Pupils relish the responsibilities they are given to contribute to school life and work together. Children in the early years are happy, successful learners. They make good progress and achieve well because teaching is planned effectively to meet their needs.

Pupils' behaviour is good. They are confident and articulate and say that they enjoy school. Pupils work hard and are keen to learn.

Parents and carers are very positive about the school's pastoral care. Staff go the extra mile to help pupils and, as a result, attendance and punctuality are improving rapidly. Offer

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school.

It joined the Inspiring Futures through Learning multi-academy trust in September 2016. The headteacher was the interim headteacher from September 2017 and was made the permanent headteacher in March 2018. Approximately half of the staff have joined the school since April 2018.

A new senior leadership team was established in September 2018. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is significantly higher than the national average.

Many parents who have children with SEND who live outside the catchment area choose to send their children to the school. In 2018, the school won the local authority award for its good provision for pupils with SEND. The school has a unit for hearing impaired pupils, as well as provision for pupils who need social, emotional and mental health support.

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