Clarendon Infants’ School

Name Clarendon Infants’ School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Ordnance Road, Tidworth, SP9 7QD
Phone Number 01980843381
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 315 (51.4% boys 48.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Local Authority Wiltshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.2%
Persisitent Absence 17.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (24 April 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British, with around 20% from a range of minority ethnic groups. A below average proportion of all pupils speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives additional funding through the pupil premium is well above average. While very few pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals, 85% of pupils have parents serving in the armed forces. (The pupil premium provides additional funding for looked after children, children of parents serving in the armed forces and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals.) The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. These needs relate mainly to speech, language and communication problems or moderate learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school during the school year rather than at the usual times is well above average. For example, only a third of pupils currently in Year 2 started at the beginning of Reception. Many pupils have attended more than one school before starting at Clarendon. The Early Years Foundation Stage includes a morning Nursery class and three Reception classes. There is also one mixed class with children from Reception and Year 1. The headteacher took up her post in September 2012, following the retirement of the previous headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school provides a haven of tranquillity for pupils and sensitive practical support for parents, the majority of whom have regular periods of separation due to deployment with the armed forces. Pupils achieve well. Whatever their starting points, they make good progress because : staff quickly identify where pupils are at and plan accordingly. The headteacher provides excellent leadership and plays a pivotal role in driving improvement. School leaders, governors and staff share her relentless determination to do the best they can for all pupils. The school is held in high regard by parents. Classrooms are a buzz of purposeful activity because teachers are skilled in engaging pupils. As a result, pupils behave well and are keen to learn. They are extremely friendly, welcoming and inquisitive. Support for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is very well managed and helps these pupils to make good progress towards their learning targets. The painstaking collection of information about pupils’ learning is used well by leaders to assess and improve the quality of teaching. All the school’s leaders and managers know exactly what to do to improve the school further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Boys do not do as well as girls in writing and they are not always precisely sure of what they need to do to improve. They do not routinely draw on the vocabulary and sentence structure they come across in their reading in their own written work. Teaching is not yet having an outstanding impact on all pupils’ achievement. Teachers sometimes spend too much time introducing lessons, leaving insufficient time for pupils to work on their own. During lessons, pupils of different abilities are not always clear about what is expected of them.