Fitzmaurice Primary School

Name Fitzmaurice 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 07 May 2014
Address Frome Road, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LE
Phone Number 01225862162
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 304 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.1
Academy Sponsor Palladian Academy Trust
Local Authority Wiltshire
Percentage Free School Meals 15.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.6%
Persisitent Absence 5.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is broadly average in size. Around ten per cent of pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic groups, which is less than half the national average. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, for whom the school receives additional funding through the pupil premium, is much less than the national average. (The pupil premium provides additional funding for children who are looked after, children of parents serving in the armed forces and for those known to be eligible for free school meals.) The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above the national average. These needs relate mainly to behavioural, emotional and social difficulties or speech, language and communication problems. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in 2013. At the time of the inspection, building work to accommodate the rising number of pupils was almost complete. A children’s centre shares the same site but is inspected separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils make good progress and reach above average standards. Pupils of all backgrounds and abilities make good progress with reading, writing and mathematics as they move through the school. Teaching engages and challenges pupils. Pupils are given effective guidance and support so they know how to improve their work. Pupils enjoy school. They behave well in classrooms and about the school. They are keen to learn and they try hard. They feel safe and know how to take care of themselves. A wide variety of thought-provoking and creative activities contribute much to pupils’ learning and personal development. As the school has expanded, and with changes to staffing, the headteacher has given vigorous attention to ensuring that pupils’ good achievement and the good quality of teaching are maintained and improved. Those with a leadership role are ambitious for pupils’ academic and personal development. The governing body is extremely thorough in meeting its responsibilities. Governors have high expectations and hold staff to account for the work they do, helping to ensure that teaching is good and that pupils achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The progress children make in Reception and Year 1 in early reading and writing skills is sometimes not as rapid as it might be. Some marking does not provide enough guidance on how pupils can improve their handwriting. Pupils are not routinely given time to look at and respond to teachers’ comments in marked work before starting new work. Teachers do not always use words that pupils can understand when describing what they are meant to be learning.