Finstock Church of England Primary School

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Finstock Church of England Primary School


Name Finstock Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 18 September 2013
Address School Road, Finstock, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 3BN
Phone Number 01993868314
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 79 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Academy Sponsor The Mill Academy
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 13%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.3%
Persisitent Absence 11.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school has a below average proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children from families who are known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The proportion of disabled pupils or those with special educational needs supported through school action is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or by a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. A playgroup shares the site which is privately run and not part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Achievement is good. Pupils make good progress from their starting points in all year groups. Standards of attainment are above average in reading and mathematics by the time pupils leave the school. Teaching is always good and occasionally of high quality. It has improved since the last report because teachers’ guidance to pupils helps them to improve and lesson introductions are shorter. Pupils enjoy learning, behave well and feel safe in school. The leadership has an astute grasp of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and has managed effective actions to improve teaching. The governors have both challenged and supported the headteacher and leaders and managers in making sure that pupils’ attainment and progress have improved. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding because the tasks teachers plan and set in the classroom do not always precisely enough match the different ages and abilities within each class. Pupils’ progress and attainment in writing are not as good as in mathematics and reading. Too many do not have sufficient grasp of the skills of spelling and punctuation or what constitutes good writing.