Five Acres Primary School

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About Five Acres Primary School

Name Five Acres Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Darrell Wood
Address East Hawthorn Rd, Ambrosden, Bicester, OX25 2SN
Phone Number 01869253193
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 360
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Five Acres Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils love being part of this welcoming and supportive school community. They are thrilled that the activities they enjoyed before the pandemic are available to them again. These include sports, singing, art and trips to local museums.

Leaders have high expectations for all pupils. They work hard to enable pupils to reach their potential. Pupils develop into responsible and considerate citizens who demonstrate care for their world and for each other.

Pupils are friendly, inclusive and keen to learn. They enjoy learning about the wider experiences of forces families and other pu...pils who have lived overseas.

Pupils behave well.

Classrooms are happy places where everyone can concentrate on their learning. Pupils who need extra help to manage their feelings are given the support they need. Leaders take any incidents of unkind behaviour, including bullying, seriously.

They act promptly to investigate and resolve problems.

All pupils access a broad curriculum. They have memorable experiences and lessons that they enjoy.

However, the school's curriculum is not sufficiently developed in some subjects. This means that pupils do not build up their knowledge and skills as well as they might. Work to further enhance pupils' learning is underway but needs some more refinement.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have identified the knowledge and skills they want pupils to learn. In some subjects, such as mathematics and computing, this is logically ordered. For example, as part of the computing curriculum, children in the early years learn how to give instructions.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 explore creating short sequences of instructions for floor robots. By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils are able to write increasingly complex algorithms for computers. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and they are clear about the knowledge that is to be taught.

They present new learning clearly. Teachers ensure that pupils revisit their previous learning so that they consolidate what they already know. This begins in the early years where children get off to a good start.

However, this ambitious and careful sequencing of the curriculum is not consistent across all subjects. Leaders are addressing this.

All staff at Five Acres are passionate about reading.

This infectious enthusiasm is passed on to pupils who often choose to read during their breaktimes. Older pupils relish their roles as librarians and enjoy helping younger pupils to select new reading books. The reading curriculum is sequenced carefully and there is logical progression in terms of gains in knowledge and the development of skills.

This helps pupils remember and apply what they have been taught. Throughout the school, there is a strong focus on reading comprehension. This is carefully planned and monitored so that pupils discuss texts thoughtfully and, increasingly, make links from other books and their own life experiences.

Leaders have clear expectations of the types of books that pupils should experience and read.

Leaders have prioritised the teaching of phonics and early reading. As soon as children join the Nursery, they are immersed in stories, songs, rhymes and a rich-language experience.

Early reading, including phonics, is taught effectively. However, the books pupils read are not always closely matched to their phonic knowledge. This hinders a few pupils from learning to read as quickly and as fluently as they could.

Leaders make sure that older pupils who struggle to read are well supported. They regularly check how well pupils are learning and are quick to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of individual pupils.

Pupils enjoy learning and have positive attitudes towards school.

As a result, learning takes place without disruption. Pupils, including those who are disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are proud of their work.Leaders have procedures and support in place, including for the youngest children, to identify their needs and ensure that pupils with SEND can learn alongside their peers in all subjects.

Pupils' personal development is a strength of the school. Pupils have a good understanding of British values. Leaders ensure that the school's 'Democratic Circle' gives every pupil the right to speak.

Pupils understand, and are respectful of, the differences between faiths and people.

Governors provide wise and skilled support to school leaders. They are committed to supporting the school's values.

Staff really appreciate the way in which leaders make sure that they have enough time to manage their workload and take care of their well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders, staff and governors ensure that the safety of pupils is at the forefront of their work.

Staff have the knowledge they need to identify pupils who may be at risk.Safeguarding records are detailed and thorough. Strong communication between staff ensures that concerns are shared swiftly.

Leaders ensure that appropriate checks have been carried out before visitors come into the school. Teachers help pupils understand how to keep safe. Safeguarding leaders have a purposeful and professional working relationship with other agencies that protect children.

They are not afraid to insist on more help if needed.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Early reading is taught effectively overall, but the books are not well matched to pupils' phonic knowledge. This means that a few pupils struggle to read fluently.

Leaders should ensure that the books pupils read are precisely matched to their phonic knowledge, so that all pupils achieve as well as they can in their reading. ? The school's curriculum, in some subjects, is not sufficiently detailed. This means that, in some subjects, the curriculum does not identify the most important knowledge that pupils need to learn.

Leaders must ensure that the planning for these subjects includes sufficient detail to support teachers to plan lessons that are progressive and coherent. Pupils will then be able to build on prior learning to make greater progress.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good on 30 November and 1 December 2016.

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