Five Acres Primary School

Name Five Acres Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 November 2016
Address East Hawthorn Rd, Ambrosden, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 2SN
Phone Number 01869253193
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 374 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11%
Persisitent Absence 8.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. This is a larger-than-average sized primary school. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language is below that seen nationally. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils supported by funding through the pupil premium is below the national average. The stability indicator for the school is low compared to that seen nationally due to the large number of children from service families attending the school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards. These set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Children in early years are taught in one Nursery and two Reception classes. The Reception children attend full time. The Nursery children attend a half-day session either in the morning or afternoon.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the previous inspection, the headteacher, ably supported by a new senior leadership team, has brought about rapid improvement. Governance has improved since the last inspection. The newly formed governing body provides challenge and holds leaders accountable for pupils’ achievement and progress. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strong feature. Pupils value and respect everyone equally, regardless of race, ethnicity or belief. Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported to help them catch up with their peers. Children in the early years get off to a good start. They enjoy coming to school and are very keen to learn about new things. The teaching of phonics is a strength. The proportion of pupils meeting the required standard in the Year 1 phonics check is well above the national average. Teaching and learning have improved since the last inspection. The quality of teaching is good. However, sometimes learning activities are not matched closely enough to pupils’ starting points. New assessment procedures have had a positive effect. Pupils’ progress is tracked carefully and most pupils make at least expected progress. However, disadvantaged most-able pupils make slower progress in reading and writing than others nationally. The school has a high proportion of service children. Their needs are met well. The improved monitoring of teachers’ performance has resulted in staff being held more readily to account for the progress of their pupils. As a result, pupils are progressing at a quicker rate than previously. Attendance is improving and is now in line with the national average. Pupils know how to stay safe. The school’s work to develop boys’ writing, especially for the most able and most able disadvantaged pupils, is still at an early stage. Boys do not achieve as highly as girls. The most able pupils are not consistently provided with opportunities to deepen their understanding or apply skills in some subjects such as geography and history. The school has already identified this as an area for further development.