Elm CofE Primary School

Name Elm CofE Primary School
Website http://www.elmcofeprimaryschool.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 20 March 2014
Address Main Road, Elm, Wisbech, PE14 0AG
Phone Number 01945860295
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Academy Sponsor The Diocese Of Ely Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 19.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.7%
Persisitent Absence 9.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, and at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs, are broadly average. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which in this school provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is broadly average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There have been a number of staff changes since the previous inspection. In addition, there has been a new Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. The school runs a nursery which operates on the same site. The nursery is registered and inspected separately. The school operates a breakfast club. The school works in informal partnership with Elm Road Community Primary School. For example, the two schools jointly employ a ‘Reading Recovery’ teacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher provides very effective leadership. She has inspired staff and, together, they have improved teaching and achievement since the previous inspection. Achievement is good and pupils in all year groups now make faster progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is good because teachers are enthusiastic and have good subject knowledge. Pupils find their lessons interesting and this helps them to make good progress. Subject leaders are skilled at checking how well pupils are doing and supporting teachers to develop their teaching skills. This has improved teaching, especially in mathematics. Children in Early Years Foundation Stage are quick to develop early reading and writing skills. Pupils behave well and feel safe in school. They work hard in lessons and want to do well. The curriculum is carefully planned and pupils enjoy a wide range of visits to support their learning. This contributes to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Governors provide good support and challenge to the headteacher and check the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and the use of financial resources. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough pupils make better than expected progress in their learning because the work is sometimes too easy for more-able pupils. Teachers’ marking does not always help pupils to make their work better. Teaching assistants do not always provide good support for learning.