Church Lench CofE First School

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About Church Lench CofE First School

Name Church Lench CofE First School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Samantha Price
Address Main Street, Church Lench, Evesham, WR11 4UE
Phone Number 01386870297
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 5-10
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 74
Local Authority Worcestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The school provides a nurturing and safe environment to enable pupils to grow and flourish. There is a strong focus on pupils' happiness and well-being. The small number of pupils in school means that adults know pupils very well.

Pupils know that staff are always on hand to help them.

Parents and carers have overwhelmingly positive views of the school. They appreciate the wider opportunities and care that staff provide.

One parent summed up the views of many by saying, 'This is a small school with a big heart.'

Pupils readily take on extra responsibility, such as being eco-councillors and members of the school worship committee. This helps build pu...pils' confidence and leadership skills.

Pupils hugely enjoy the wide range of educational visits the school provides. These experiences help enrich pupils' knowledge of things they learn about and contribute to their personal development.

Pupils behave well in lessons and around school.

Children learn to cooperate and support each other from the early years.

The school wants the best for pupils. It ensures that pupils receive good-quality pastoral care and individual attention in lessons when needed.

However, on occasion, some pupils' work is not as accurate or well presented as it could be.

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

The school's curriculum captures pupils' interests and meets the needs of mixed-age teaching groups. It is well structured and progressive.

Pupils build their knowledge and skills sequentially from Reception Year to Year 5. However, in a small number of subjects, there are inconsistencies in how well the curriculum is implemented, and in the quality of some pupils' work in books.

Systems to check how well pupils are doing in some subjects are still developing.

The school has identified precisely what it wants pupils to know and be able to do and is now linking this to the curriculum. However, gaps in pupils' core knowledge in each subject are not always identified and addressed in order to prepare them for the next stage of their education.

The school has focused on some subjects and established robust systems to check their effectiveness.

However, the impact of the curriculum in some subjects has not been evaluated. Teachers do not always have the opportunity to monitor some of the subject areas they are responsible for. This limits their ability to provide the support and improvements needed to strengthen the curriculum.

Reading is a strength of the school. Children get off to a strong start learning phonics in the early years. The school ensures that pupils read regularly in school and at home.

Home reading books match the sounds and letters that pupils learn.The school strongly promotes reading for pleasure. Effective support is provided for pupils who struggle to read.

Teachers adapt tasks to meet their needs, and daily practice helps these pupils to catch up quickly.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are identified quickly. These pupils access the same curriculum as their peers.

Special resources and adult help ensure that pupils achieve well. Excellent use is made of visiting specialists, especially occupational therapists, to work with individual pupils and provide bespoke support.

Pupils behave well and attend school regularly.

They work and play together well in class and at breaktimes. Good relationships in all classes ensure that learning is seldom disrupted.

The school places a strong emphasis on pupils' spiritual development.

Pupils write their own services for church festivals. They have a good understanding about other faiths and about treating others equally. Their knowledge of fundamental British values is also well developed.

Pupils know what these are and how they apply in school and later life.

Those responsible for governance are proactive in their roles and well informed. They make a significant contribution to school improvement, for example helping pupils achieve 'Eco-School' status and funding to become 'courageous advocates'.

Governors hold staff to account well but are equally protective of staff's workload and well-being. All staff are proud to work at the school and feel valued and well supported.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The implementation of the curriculum in a small number of subjects is not consistently strong across the school and, on occasion, expectations are not high enough. As a result, some pupils' work is not as accurate, or well presented, as it could be. The school should ensure that all staff are supported effectively to deliver the curriculum as intended and that expectations remain consistently high in all classes.

• The school has yet to finalise an approach to assessing how well pupils achieve in the foundation subjects. This means that staff are unclear where gaps in pupils' learning exist and so do not address them. The school should ensure that staff know how well pupils understand and retain what they learn as they move through the school.

Some staff do not yet have the expertise to precisely evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in their curriculum areas. As a result, they are not always able to support colleagues or make the necessary improvements. The school should ensure that subject leaders have the skills needed to monitor their respective subjects and make improvements where needed.

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