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Pupils make excellent progress in reading, writing and mathematics. From below expected levels when they start in the Early Years Foundation Stage, they leave at the end of Year 2 having achieved significantly above average standards. This has been the same picture over the last five years.
The school's promotion of equality and diversity is exemplary. All leaders, governors and staff are exceptionally skilled at checking how well pupils are doing to make sure that no individuals or groups are falling behind and that all have the same first rate opportunities. As a result, achievement for all groups is outstanding.
Teach...ing across all year groups is consistently strong because members of staff know the pupils extremely well. Teachers, teaching assistants and other staff work together very closely to plan lessons so that they are always really interesting, challenging and meaningful. Pupils are really enthusiastic learners and talk very confidently about their learning.
They love coming to school; consequently, attendance has risen and is currently high. The school's positive promotion of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development means that pupils work together exceptionally well. They are extremely considerate of each other, valuing and celebrating each others' differences.
They feel really safe and try to make others safe around them because of the school leaders' outstanding focus on the school's ethos and values. Parents, carers and staff all overwhelmingly agree. The extremely strong leadership of the headteacher and senior leaders, very ably supported by leaders at all levels, has created an approach based on constantly striving to reflect on best practice and still looking for ways to improve teaching and pupils' achievement.
Parents, carers, staff, governors and the local authority all acknowledge the high quality leadership. Maintaining this level of effectiveness as the school expands and moves on from the inspection is the key priority for the leaders, staff and governing body.
Information about this school
This is a larger than average-sized infant school.
The school is full in many year groups. It is increasing in size from a three- to a four-class entry. Reception classes are due to move into their new buildings in September.
The majority of children are from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages. Just under a third of the children speak English as an additional language, with eight different home languages spoken. When they join the Nursery, the majority are at the early stages of learning English.
The proportion of pupils receiving the pupil premium is rising. It is currently below average. The pupil premium is extra money given to schools by the government to support pupils in the care of the local authority, known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families.
The proportion of pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs and receive support through school action is above average. The proportion being supported through school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is below average. Very few pupils attend alternative off-site provision.
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