Cranford Park Primary

Name Cranford Park Primary
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 May 2012
Address Cranford Park Drive, Yateley, GU46 6LB
Phone Number 01252870536
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 188 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.0
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 12.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.5%
Persisitent Absence 5%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about the school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school, but is growing steadily. It was created by the amalgamation of two local schools in September 2010 and this is its first inspection following amalgamation. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is higher than average, while the proportion of pupils from ethnic minority groups is lower than average. A very small proportion speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or supported at school action plus is above average, but varies greatly from class to class. Most of these pupils have moderate learning difficulties. A pre-school setting uses a building within the school grounds, but this is not managed by the governing body. The school has an Eco-school award and an International School Foundation Level award. The school meets the government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Key findings

This is a good school. It is not yet outstanding because there are some inconsistencies in the quality of teaching which lead to some minor differences in attainment and progress between classes. Pupils learn well in a cohesive community where pupils work and play together harmoniously. Staff, pupils and the governing body are proud of the successful start they have made as a new school and have secure plans for further improvement. ‘My child has had the best possible start to his education,’ said one mother. Pupils reach above-average levels in reading, writing and mathematics and achieve well. All groups of pupils make good progress, although rates of progress vary very slightly from class to class. Teachers have high expectations and good subject knowledge. Tasks are generally matched well to the needs of different abilities of learners. There are some inconsistencies in the quality of marking, in teachers’ use of questions and in the way pupils’ targets are set. Teaching gives good support to pupils’ personal development. Behaviour and attitudes in lessons are good, and sometimes exemplary. Pupils say that bullying very rarely occurs, and if it does, school staff are very quick to deal with it. The very large majority of pupils say they feel safe in school. Relationships at all levels are excellent. Over time, pupils develop qualities that will support them well as they move to the next stage of education and help them to become good citizens. The new headteacher, ably supported by the senior leadership team, provides strong leadership and vision. A number of significant initiatives have been put in place and outcomes are already positive. Data about pupils’ performance are analysed well and effective monitoring of teaching and performance management are ensuring that teaching is improving.