|Name||Essendon CofE (VC) Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||23 April 2013|
|Address||School Lane, Essendon, Hertfordshire, AL9 6HD|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||97 (56% boys 44% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||3.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is a smaller-than-average sized rural primary school. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for whom the school receives additional income (the pupil premium) is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational need. Approximately a fifth of the pupils are from the travelling community. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils. At the time of the inspection the headteacher had only been in post for a week.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Achievement across the school is currently good in both English and mathematics. The school ensures nearly all pupils reach the expected levels by the time they leave the school. It is a happy school where all pupils are warmly welcomed. Behaviour is good; pupils feel safe, get on well with each other and enjoy school. The teachers and all staff are an effective team who work well together to make sure all pupils do as well as they can. Parents value the fact that the school is small and their children get individual attention. They feel welcomed and are able to approach the staff with confidence. They are very positive about all aspects of school. The school is well led and managed and leaders have continued to have the positive impact on teaching and achievement that was seen in the previous inspection. Governors have a very close understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and are determined to improve it further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards dipped slightly to average in 2012 and progress in mathematics has not been as strong as English in recent years. Not enough teaching is outstanding. Teachers do not consistently offer clear guidance on how pupils can improve or plan lessons that inspire pupils to want to do really well. More able pupils do not always do as well as they should. Lessons do not always move on at a brisk pace and opportunities for pupils to use computers are sometimes missed. There are insufficient resources provided to stimulate children’s imaginations in Reception and too few opportunities for them to practise writing and calculation skills.