|Name||Featherby Infant and Nursery 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||04 March 2014|
|Address||Allington Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 6PD|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.7|
|Academy Sponsor||Maritime Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||15.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||5.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is a larger-than-average sized infant school. Most pupils are from a White British background. The proportion of pupils eligible for support by the pupil premium is average. This is additional government funding for those pupils eligible for free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those from service families. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is high. The proportion supported at school action is average. A few pupils speak English as an additional language. The Sunshine Featherby Pre-School and Out of School Club operates on the site. This is privately managed and run, and is subject to a separate inspection and report by Ofsted.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well. Standards by the end of Year 2, when taken together, are significantly above the national average. Pupils’ attainment in and enjoyment of reading is particularly strong. This gives pupils a good foundation for learning across other subjects. Pupil at risk of falling behind are identified early and given prompt help to catch up. As a result, all groups of pupils make consistently good progress in their learning. Pupils have warm relationships with adults so that they feel safe, and are cared for very well. They behave well and have positive attitudes to their learning. Teaching is typically good and at times outstanding. Teachers know pupils and their achievements very well. They use this information to make lessons interesting and enjoyable. Learning is planned effectively to promote pupils’ personal development alongside their academic achievement. The headteacher, senior leaders and governing body have high expectations for staff and pupils. The school has successfully built on the strengths evident in the previous inspection to bring about further improvement. In particular, pupils’ achievement in mathematics has improved quickly over the last two years. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Pupils’ writing skills are not as well developed as they are in reading and mathematics and too few pupils reach the higher National Curriculum levels. Pupils do not always apply their writing skills as well in other subjects as they do in writing lessons. Teachers do not give pupils enough time to understand and act on the good quality advice given when they mark pupils’ work. This limits the extent to which their work improves.