|Name||Farnsfield St Michael’s Church of England Primary School|
|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||05 June 2014|
|Address||Branston Avenue, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8JZ|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||264 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.7|
|Academy Sponsor||Minster Trust For Education|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is, also, below average. The number of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. This is extra funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. The governing body provides a daily breakfast and after-school club. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. St Michael’s is a friendly and happy school where learning and good behaviour are valued, and pupils, whatever their needs or abilities, are made to feel welcome. The headteacher, ably supported by all other leaders, has improved teaching and achievement in all year groups, with particularly strong gains this year, after a decline following the previous inspection. Children in the Reception classes make a good start to their education. All pupils, including disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those supported by the pupil premium make good progress. Teaching assistants and other adults make a good contribution to pupils’ learning. Teachers make lessons interesting and usually set challenging tasks that interest pupils and move their learning on quickly. Behaviour is good because relationships are positive and pupils respond well to the caring atmosphere of the school The curriculum offers a wide range of exciting experiences. It makes a strong contribution to pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Attendance is above average and pupils say they enjoy coming to school and feel safe. The governors carry out their responsibilities effectively. They support and challenge school leaders and hold them to account for the school’s performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The improved progress in writing is not as great as in reading and mathematics. Marking does not always make clear what pupils have done well and what they need to do to further improve their work. Occasionally, pupils are given work which is either too easy or too hard for them. Pupils’ presentation of work is sometimes poor and handwriting is untidy.