Farway Church of England Primary School

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Farway Church of England Primary School

Name Farway Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.farway.devon.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 January 2012
Address Church Green, Farway, Colyton, Devon, EX24 6EQ
Phone Number 01404871239
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 37.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school with pupils attending from the local area and nearby town of Honiton. There are three mixed-age classes. All pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is broadly average although in some year groups proportions are much higher or lower than those found nationally because of the small cohort sizes. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals are below average. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a combined Reception and Year 1 class and have their own separate outside learning area. There is pre-school provision on-site that is managed by a private body. This is situated next to the Reception class. The school meets the current government floor standard. It has achieved Healthy Schools Plus status, Eco schools, Travelwise and Active Lifestyle awards as well as the International School award.

Key findings

This is a good school where every pupil is known well by staff and treated as an individual. Pupils’ progress is carefully monitored and additional support quickly provided should any pupil be in danger of falling behind with their learning. Issues from the previous inspection have been tackled well because of strong leadership and management. Pupils’ writing skills and provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage have both improved. Pupils are very proud of their school and their attendance is above average. Safeguarding requirements are met. Pupils comment that they are treated with kindness and respect. Parents and carers confirm that pupils feel safe. Pupils, including children in Reception, make good progress and achieve well because teaching is mostly well matched to the needs of individual pupils. Some year groups are very small and, consequently, there is some year-on-year variation in attainment. In Year 2, and most years in Key Stage 2, pupils are working at levels above those expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics. There are no consistent or significant differences between the achievements of any groups of pupils. However, on a few occasions, the learning of more-able pupils slows when they finish work sooner than expected. The behaviour of pupils in lessons is consistently good. They are exceptionally friendly and talk about their school and the activities they do with considerable confidence. Parents and carers agree that pupils behave well. Teaching is mainly good with discussion being a strong feature across the school. Teachers typically ensure that learning moves along at a brisk pace. On a few occasions, the pace of learning slows, for example when too much time is spent recapping on previously learned skills. The marking of pupils’ writing is consistently good and helps the pupils to improve. However, strategies used to help the pupils to assess their own work and to set personal goals are underdeveloped.