Felmore Primary School

Name Felmore Primary School
Website http://www.felmore-pri.essex.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 March 2014
Address Davenants, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex, SS13 1QX
Phone Number 01268729885
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.9
Academy Sponsor Berlesduna Academy Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 21.1%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The largest majority of pupils are from White British and other White heritages. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding is above the national average. This is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and other groups. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above the national average. The school provides a breakfast and nurture club each morning. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is part of the Basildon Education Services Trust.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Rigorous checking by leaders and teachers on how well pupils are doing has ensured more rapid progress throughout the school. In Year 6, a much higher proportion are making better than expected progress in English and mathematics. Teaching has improved. It is good overall with some examples of outstanding practice. High-quality professional development has ensured that there is no inadequate teaching. Teachers make learning interesting and engaging. They set high standards and expect the best from the pupils. Pupils’ behaviour is consistently good. They get on very well together. Their personal development is supported well by the strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural educational opportunities. Attendance has risen rapidly and is now above average. Pupils are proud of their school. The headteacher understands the school’s strengths and areas for development well. She and other leaders have very high expectations of all staff and pupils. They are continuously working to improve achievement and teaching further. The governing body is a strong set of professionals who provide good support and clear challenge to leaders. They ensure pupils are kept safe. Their work contributes positively to the life of the school. The school has introduced a new phonics (the sounds letters make) system. As a result, pupils are making better progress with their reading. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Marking is not always of a consistently high standard. It does not always give precise feedback to pupils on how to improve their work. Not enough teaching is outstanding. Pupils do not always take enough care when presenting their work.