Christ Church CofE Primary Academy

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About Christ Church CofE Primary Academy

Name Christ Church CofE Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Paula Scattergood
Address William Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2JG
Phone Number 01782234834
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194
Local Authority Stoke-on-Trent
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

At Christ Church, the school's motto of 'Learning with God and each other to be the best we can be' is evident in all aspects of leaders' work.

Leaders have high aspirations for all pupils and want them to thrive in learning and life. They ensure that all pupils enjoy a visit to London and a residential visit, attend a live performance, visit an art gallery and participate in a sporting event during their time at school.

Pupils are happy to come to school and feel safe and well cared for.

Bullying is uncommon. However, if it should occur, pupils are confident that teachers will sort it out. One parent was typical of many when they stated, 'My child is very ha...ppy and looks forward to going to school every day'.

Pupils behave well during lessons, around school and at playtimes. They are well rewarded for this behaviour. Pupils have positive attitudes towards learning.

Pupils enjoy responsibilities that promote their independence and prepare them for the future. These responsibilities start in early years. Pupils can be ambassadors in friendship, sports, gardening, library and health and safety.

They are proud of their roles and say, 'it makes us feel good to know we are helping other people'.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders and staff have worked hard to improve the school's curriculum. They have high aspirations for all children.

Curriculum leaders have considered thoughtfully the order in which pupils learn key facts and ideas. Leaders have set out the important information that pupils need to remember each term and year in most subjects, including in the early years curriculum. This helps all pupils to make progress and learn well.

In many subjects, such as mathematics, reading and history, the curriculums set out precisely the knowledge pupils need to remember. These curriculums support teachers to make careful checks on what pupils should know. Teachers use information from these checks well to spot pupils who need extra help and to identify gaps in pupils' learning.

However, in some subjects the curriculum is less precise. In these subjects, the knowledge that teachers expect pupils to learn is not always identified clearly. This slows pupils' learning in these subjects.

Leaders recognise this and have plans in place to develop the curriculum further.

Children learn to read as soon as they are ready. Phonics teaching starts in Nursery and prepares children well for starting Reception.

Teachers follow a well-planned sequence of lessons that allow pupils to learn new sounds quickly and securely. The learning environment is designed to immerse children in language. Activities are designed to help children practise the skills of early reading.

Any pupil falling behind in phonics gets extra help so they can catch up. Consequently, most pupils in Reception and Year 1 learn to read well.

Pupils develop a love of reading.

Teachers read often to them with expression and engagement. Pupils are rewarded for reading at home and speak keenly about their favourite books. One parent was typical when they said, 'He is coming on really well, he has really started to enjoy reading and is reading at home'.

The leader responsible for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) ensures that pupils receive the right support when they need it. Leaders have trained staff in how to identify pupils with specific needs. This means that adults can help all pupils to access the curriculum and learn it well.

Leaders are committed to giving pupils a wide range of experiences in and out of school and to develop them as individuals. For example, pupils who are interested in music are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Pupils celebrate differences among their friendship groups, for example by sharing mehndi hand painting with all of their friends, so that they understand different cultures.

The school's values of respect, endurance and friendship underpin all of this work.

Leaders consider staff's well-being and workload. The school has been recognised with a national award for well-being.

Staff feel that leaders consider their workload when implementing new initiatives and make changes in relation to this, for example when making changes to the school's marking policy.

The trust ensures that leaders receive effective support and challenge when needed. For example, curriculum leaders across the trust meet regularly to discuss their subject.

Those responsible for governance ask searching questions and have an accurate view of the school. This helps them in their duty to hold leaders to account.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff know that safeguarding pupils is very important. Leaders train staff so they know what to do if they have any concerns about pupils' well-being or safety. Records show that leaders understand the needs of vulnerable pupils.

Quick responses provide support for pupils and their families when needed.

Pupils know how to keep themselves safe both in their locality and when using the internet. Pupil health and safety ambassadors help to ensure that pupils are safe in school.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, leaders have not ensured that teachers are clear about what pupils should learn at different points. This means that some pupils do not know and remember some essential knowledge. Leaders should make sure that teachers know what pupils need to learn and when, and have the necessary knowledge and expertise to deliver the intended curriculums well.

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