Finchingfield Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School


Name Finchingfield Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Website http://www.finchingfield.essex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 April 2013
Address Vicarage Road, Finchingfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7 4LD
Phone Number 01371810423
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 42 (42% boys 58% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.7
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 2.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

This is a small school in a rural village, with three classes that are of mixed age. The headteacher has been in the post since April 2012. There have been other changes in staffing recently. Almost all pupils are White British. In some classes there is an uneven proportion of boys and girls, often with a higher proportion of girls. More pupils than usual join or leave the school other than at the expected times. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, including those supported at school action and school action plus or with a statement, is average. There are fewer pupils than average supported by the pupil premium. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those that are looked after. There are too few pupils in the Year 6 cohort to apply the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Consistently good teaching, with some that is outstanding, means pupils enjoy learning and achieve well in lessons and over time. Pupils usually reach standards that are above average. The Year 6 pupils currently in school are typically working at levels that are well above those expected for their age. Progress in reading and mathematics is particularly good. Teachers have high expectations of the quality of work pupils produce. Marking is particularly effective in informing pupils what they do well and what must be improved. Pupils are very keen to learn, and they get on with what they are asked to do willingly; their attitudes to learning are outstanding. Pupils feel safe and secure, and are well-informed about how they can help keep themselves safe from harm. They say that there is no bullying. Their behaviour around school is excellent and they are very supportive and accepting of each other. The headteacher knows what to do to improve the school further. He helps teachers to improve their teaching skills to accelerate pupils’ achievement effectively. Governors provide the school with good levels of challenge and support. They help to drive improvement at a good rate. They make sure that the school meets all statutory requirements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet enough teaching which is outstanding. Occasionally the pace of a few lessons is too leisurely, and pupils are not always helped to take responsibility for the setting and achieving of their targets. Standards in writing are not as high as in reading and mathematics Older pupils do not get enough training in recognising groups of letters and the sounds they make (phonics), which hinders their spelling of more complex words. Pupils are not writing enough for real purposes.