Felsted Primary School

Name Felsted Primary School
Website http://www.felsted-pri.essex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 September 2011
Address Watch House Green, Felsted, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 3EB
Phone Number 01371820215
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 272 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.7%
Persisitent Absence 7%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Felsted is an average-sized primary school that draws its pupils from the surrounding villages and towns in mid-Essex. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving part-way through their primary school education is above average. Most pupils are White British, with a small number of pupils from other backgrounds. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is average. The school has achieved the sports Activemark and the Silver Award for Eco Schools, and has Healthy Schools status. The school works closely with the separately run and managed pre-nursery, which shares the school site.

Main findings

Felsted is an outstanding school. Parents and carers are very appreciative of the school’s work; as one commented, ‘It is the best school our children have ever been to. They love school and their skills and knowledge since being here have far exceeded our expectations.’ It provides an exciting and varied curriculum and challenging learning opportunities that considerably enrich and empower all of its pupils and enable them to achieve outstandingly well. The school has long had a reputation for the excellent way it nurtures all pupils and supports their needs. Additionally, the exceptional headteacher and a talented and cohesive team have made a concerted and successful effort during the last two years to improve pupils’ attainment and progress substantially. Their hard work and commitment are much appreciated by parents and carers. By Year 6, pupils’ attainment is significantly above average in reading, writing and mathematics. Improved progress has been most evident in mathematics and reading. Writing has also improved greatly through much improved practice, but the most-able pupils are not yet reaching the high levels seen in reading because of a lack of challenge in some learning activities. The school’s rigorous tracking shows that most pupils in all years are now making outstanding progress. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities make outstanding progress also and, as a consequence, their outcomes compare very favourably with similar pupils nationally, as do the considerable number of pupils who join the school in different year groups. Parents and carers of those pupils are very positive about the exceptional support that enables their children to retrieve considerable lost ground after coming to the school. These significant gains have been made possible by: consistently good and often outstanding teaching that is planned very well to build steadily on pupils’ reading, writing and numerical skills marking that relates closely to pupils’ National Curriculum targets and provides very clear guidance as to how they can improve an outstanding curriculum that has been developed to provide a rich and varied experience that engages pupils fully through the many opportunities for creative, active learning a strong school ethos that encourages in pupils a consideration for others, a readiness to learn and a determination to improve. All of the above ensures that provision in Years 1 to 6 is outstanding. Provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage is good, although there is some unevenness in the quality of provision and support, as well as limited space and facilities in some areas. Pupils are very keen to come to school, as is reflected in their high attendance and eagerness to participate in lessons and other activities. Behaviour is outstanding in lessons and around the school, contributing very significantly to pupils’ learning and the harmonious and purposeful atmosphere. Pupils have a good awareness of healthy lifestyles and participate fully in a wide range of sports activities. The rigorous attention to safeguarding means that pupils always feel very safe. The outstanding care, guidance and support provided are based on very strong links with pupils’ homes, careful tracking of each pupil’s progress and expertise in meeting different needs. A commitment to developing the whole child is reflected in an outstanding range of activities that facilitate pupils’ very active involvement in the community and a very well-developed spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. The school has an outstanding capacity to sustain improvement. Senior and middle leaders work exceptionally well to improve the school further through a readiness to reflect constantly and improve on their practice. The effective governing body is increasingly involved in the life of the school and, along with the senior leaders and other staff, has a well-informed picture of the school’s strengths and areas for further development.