Claytons Primary School


Name Claytons Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Wendover Road, Bourne End, SL8 5NS
Phone Number 01628525277
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 332 (54.2% boys 45.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.9
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.9%
Persisitent Absence 6.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (19 March 2012)
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Information about the school

Most pupils come to this larger than average-sized primary school from the local community. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average and the school includes Additional Resource Provision (ARP) for up to 12 pupils. At the moment, there are 10 pupils in the ARP, all of whom have a statement of special educational needs for social and communication difficulties. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a Nursery and two Reception classes. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Key findings

This is a good school. Leaders have improved the school rapidly since its previous inspection. Members of staff work together well to ensure that pupils flourish both socially and academically. The school is not outstanding because : the monitoring of teaching by middle managers is too limited and, while pupils make good progress in English and mathematics, they do less well in science because not enough time is allowed for teaching the subject. Pupils’ achievement is good. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage, especially in developing early reading skills. They build well on this good start in the rest of the school, quickly improving their literacy and numeracy skills so that attainment rises to above average levels by the end of Year 6. Teachers inspire and motivate pupils to do their best and they ensure that differing needs are met well in most lessons. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are given good support both in and out of lessons. Pupils in the ARP are well integrated, making especially good progress when working alongside their classmates. Pupils’ positive attitudes and good behaviour contribute greatly to their good learning in lessons. They work hard in lessons, are polite and courteous, and thoroughly enjoy school. They are kept safe, developing a good awareness of the dangers they may face. Senior leaders manage performance and lead teaching well. They set high expectations for staff and improvements are based on accurate self-evaluation. Recent changes to the curriculum have added greatly to pupils’ enjoyment but there are not enough opportunities for pupils to improve their science skills systematically. Middle managers are keen and enthusiastic but they have only a limited role in monitoring teaching or checking curriculum changes.