Churchfields Primary School

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About Churchfields Primary School

Name Churchfields Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Diane Beardsmore
Address School Street, Chesterton, Newcastle, ST5 7HY
Phone Number 01782567430
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 401
Local Authority Staffordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Senior leaders, supported by academy directors, have brought about major improvements in teaching, learning and pupils' behaviour since the school became an academy. They have transformed the academy in a short space of time.

Their leadership is outstanding. The improvements are continuing because all staff share leaders' ambition to do the best for the pupils. Leaders' expectations of pupils and staff are high and they are met well.

Children make excellent progress in the early years because they are taught exceptionally well and become very enthusiastic about learning. They are prepared very well for Year 1. Outstanding teachin...g over time has resulted in excellent achievement for pupils in reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave Year 6.

It also ensures pupils make at least good progress in other subjects. Directors and the trust support and challenge leaders exceptionally well to ensure that recent improvements are being sustained and built upon. Pupils' behaviour is impeccable at all times.

Pupils say they feel very safe at the academy. They have a very good understanding of how to keep themselves safe at all times, including when using the internet. Parents are overwhelmingly pleased with the academy and what it does for their children.

They describe the academy as a 'family', in which their children are safe and well-cared-for. All would recommend the academy to other parents. The way different subjects are taught, sometimes separately, at other times through topics, engages pupils' interest and develops in them a strong love of learning.

Leaders ensure that pupils learn about British values and their importance in a free society. As a result, pupils know about different faiths and cultures and the effect they can have on the way people live. As a result, pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

Staff, pupils and parents talk of the faith they have in the leadership. They recognise and welcome the changes in the academy and the very positive impact they have had on teaching, learning and behaviour.

Information about this school

The academy opened in December 2013.

It is larger than the average-sized primary school. Together with the Chesterton Community Sports College, it is sponsored by the Chesterton Multi Academy Trust. Nursery-aged children attend the academy part time and Reception-aged children attend the academy full time.

There are two classes in Reception and in Years 1, 3 and 5; and one class in Nursery and in each of Years 2, 4 and 6. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average.

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is high. This funding is for looked-after children and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The academy meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

The academy has its own headteacher. The executive headteacher and the director of teaching and learning work across the two academies in the trust. Together, these three leaders form the senior leadership team.

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