Findern Primary School

Name Findern Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 April 2015
Address Buckford Lane, Findern, Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 6AR
Phone Number 01283702150
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 206 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority Derbyshire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.3%
Persisitent Absence 1.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British and ‘Other White’ backgrounds. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding is well below average. This funding is provided for pupils who are, or have been, eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. In 2014, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The early years provision comprises a Reception class, which children attend full time. There is a privately-run breakfast club which uses part of the school’s accommodation. It is not managed by the school’s governing body and is subject to separate inspection. The school provides ‘Forest School’ provision for all pupils. Since the previous inspection, the school has experienced leadership and governance changes. The current headteacher took up post in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders, including governors, have taken effective action to rapidly improve the quality of teaching and raise pupils’ achievement. The headteacher has quickly created an effective leadership team amongst staff and strengthened links with parents. Behaviour is good. Pupils value their small school community and all get on well together. They enjoy their learning because of the well-planned activities they experience. Pupils are kept very safe while in school and say that the school gives them good guidance on how to stay safe. Teaching is good. Teachers motivate pupils by setting them interesting tasks so that they learn well. They establish very good relationships with pupils and between the pupils themselves. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics and achieve above average standards by the time they leave. Pupils have a good understanding of key values, such as respect and tolerance, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Early years provision is good. Children in the Reception class make good progress because : teaching is good. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always set a suitable level of challenge for pupils to work towards when writing in order to make the best possible progress. On occasion, tasks given to the least-able pupils are not well enough matched to their ability, and these pupils have to rely too much on adults to help them. The monitoring role of subject leaders and governors is not fully established. Subject leaders are not yet fully involved in checking the quality of teaching in their subjects. Governors are not as systematic in their monitoring as they could be and are sometimes too reliant on reports from the headteacher.