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It has maintained high standards of achievement over recent years and there is absolutely no sign of complacency. Senior staff and the governing body are constantly seeking ways to improve further, based on thorough self-evaluation. Teamwork is strong and the school benefits from a thorough and detailed system for tracking pupils' progress.
Planning for improvement is meticulous and progress towards the targets the school sets itself is evaluated methodically. Behaviour is excellent. Pupils are considerate and welcoming.
The school's calm and quiet atmosphere contributes to an environment where learning is very strong. Many aspects of provision includin...g teaching are outstanding. However, links between subjects and the many educational experiences and activities offered to pupils to maximise skills development are not always clear and this sometimes limits the learning opportunities such experiences and activities present.
The best practice in teaching is shared systematically and the school works with a number of partners to ensure that it can provide the very highest standards of care and achievement for its pupils. The issue identified at the time of the last inspection has been successfully tackled. This, along with its outstanding outcomes and relentless focus on continuous improvement shows that the school has an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement.
Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills which are generally below or well below those typical for their age. This is particularly so in their language skills. They make excellent progress throughout the school and standards at the end of Year 6 are above and sometimes well above the national average.
Teaching is well-planned and is often outstanding and engaging. Pupils develop a strong sense of responsibility towards others and actively support the school. They say how much they enjoy school and attendance has continued to rise so that it is now above average.
Assessment systems are exceptionally strong. This means that the progress and well-being of all pupils including those who are in circumstances that make them more vulnerable are tracked meticulously. Pupils greatly value their school.
Many positive comments were made by them during the inspection. A typical comment was, 'The school is always safe. I have never felt worried here.'
Another said, 'The teachers are always helpful. Any problems are quickly sorted out.' Another wrote simply,' I love my school.'
Parents and carers shared this very positive view of Christ Church. Many commented positively on how successfully the school had assimilated the large influx of new pupils from a nearby school which closed in 2010. One parent wrote, 'We are very pleased how our children have settled in since the move from the other school.'
Others praised the school's leadership: 'Very good leadership and strong ethos!'
Information about the school
This is a larger than average primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is just below the national average. Almost all pupils have White British background and none is at an early stage of learning English.
The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is slightly below average. The school has its own forty-place nursery provision. Since the time of the last inspection the school has assimilated a significant number of pupils from a local school which closed.
The school has Healthy School status, Activemark, Artsmark, the Parish-School Partnership Award, the Eco-School Bronze Award and the Primary Quality Award. There is a privately run pre-school and out-of-school club on site. This provision will be subject to separate inspection arrangements.
Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms