Farlow CofE Primary School

Name Farlow CofE Primary School
Website http://www.farlow.shropshire.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 May 2013
Address Farlow, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY14 0RQ
Phone Number 01746718661
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Shropshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Farlow CofE is a very small primary school situated in a rural area of Shropshire. Children are taught in two classes, a Foundation/Key Stage 1 class and a Key Stage 2 class. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is low and there are no pupils for whom English is an additional language. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and or disabilities is above average and particularly high in some cohorts. Pupil mobility is above the national average and more children leave or join the school midway through their primary education than is typically seen. Just prior to the inspection, the school formed a ‘hard federation’ with another local small school, Kinlet Church of England Primary, and, during the inspection week, meetings were being held to plan the amalgamation of the two governing bodies. The school is now part of ‘The Federation of Farlow and Kinlet Primary Schools’.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has improved considerably since its last inspection due to the strong leadership and hard work of the headteacher, teachers and governing body. The school evaluates how well it is doing and what needs to be done next accurately. Teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding. Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge and promote learning well. Teachers expect the best of their pupils who, in turn, find their lessons enjoyable and informative. Children make good progress in the Reception class and continue to make good progress as they move through the school. Current standards at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 are in line with those seen nationally. Children respond well to the stimulating activities provided in the Reception class and are inquisitive about the world around them. Excellent behaviour contributes strongly to pupils’ successful learning in lessons. They are fully aware of the different forms of bullying, how to avoid it and what to do should it occur. Their attendance has improved and is above average. Pupils are proud of their school, courteous and welcoming to visitors and take good care of each other. Pupils enjoy an excellent variety of curriculum opportunities and additional activities usually linked to the topics they study. These include visits and residential stays. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In a small minority of lessons, the pace of learning slows after a brisk start. Pupils are not provided with enough opportunities to practise their mental calculation skills and times tables.