Fakenham Infant and Nursery School


Name Fakenham Infant and Nursery School
Website http://www.fakenham-inf.norfolk.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 June 2015
Address Norwich Road, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 8HN
Phone Number 01328864511
Type Academy
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Synergy Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 11.9%

Information about this school

This infant school is larger than the average-sized primary school. There are three classes for each of Years 1 and 2. The Early Years provision is in a Nursery class and three Reception classes. Children of Reception age attend full-time; children in the Nursery attend in the morning or the afternoon. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils who are supported by pupil premium funding is lower than average. This is additional funding provided by the government to support disadvantaged pupils; those who are eligible for free school meals and looked after children; (There are currently no looked after children in the school). Most pupils are White British. There is an on-site children’s centre managed by the governing body. It will receive its own inspection report which will be available on the Ofsted website. There have been a number of staff changes, including the appointment of a new headteacher, since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher’s drive and ambition for the school provide a firm foundation for school improvement. She is well supported by a good staff team and strong governing body. As a result, the quality of teaching and learning has improved since the previous inspection and it is now good. Pupils’ attainment has improved year on year; it is broadly average in all subjects but a little lower in writing. From low starting points, pupils make good progress. Teachers make learning interesting because they know the needs and interest of pupils well. They mark pupils’ work with constructive comments and make it clear to pupils how they can improve. Provision in the early years is good. Children make good progress because their learning and personal development are managed well. From the time they start in the Nursery, they are taught to listen carefully and respect each other. The school keeps pupils safe and makes sure that they know how to keep themselves safe. Pupils behave well. They are friendly considerate and helpful and have positive attitudes to learning. The curriculum successfully promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. It ensures they are prepared well for the next steps in their education and for their future lives as British citizens. Leaders check on the quality of teaching and learning rigorously and effectively. They have acted decisively to put systems in place to keep a close check on pupils’ progress and make sure that any pupils who need extra help are swiftly identified and supported. Governors have made good use of the external review that followed the previous inspection. They know how well the school is doing. Clear priorities have been identified for further improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress in writing, although good, is not as fast as in reading and mathematic, partly because there is not always sufficient focus on providing good writing opportunities in subjects other than English. Teachers do not always insist that pupils present their work as neatly as they should or ensure pupils develop good handwriting skills. The school’s work to ensure regular attendance has not been successful enough with some families.