|Name||Flore Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||07 November 2011|
|Address||The Avenue, Flore, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 4LZ|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||109 (56% boys 44% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||13.8%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school with four classes, all of which are of mixed ages. All pupils commence the Reception class in the September following their fourth birthday. A high proportion of the children have previously attended Nursery or pre-school groups. Most pupils are of White British background and all the pupils speak English as their first language. The percentage of pupils designated as having special educational needs and/or disabilities is about the same as that found nationally and all of them have learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average. The school has Healthy Schools status and Artsmark Gold Award. It is also an Artsmark Assessor School. The school also has the International Schools Intermediate Award.
This is a good school. It has made good progress since its last inspection. Particularly good progress has been made in the provision for science resulting in the pupils making better progress in this subject than they did. The pupils thoroughly enjoy all their learning experiences and this is reflected in their excellent attendance. Parents and carers are very happy that their children attend the school. As one parent wrote, ‘Flore School affords the children an excellent range of experiences both through external visits and the internal activities on offer. The headteacher and the teachers are approachable and friendly.’ The children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils achieve well because good teaching combined with pupils’ excellent attitudes to learning enable them to make good progress throughout the school. A particular strength is the wide range of learning experiences that the pupils engage in. For example, a major strength is in pupils’ creative development. Opportunities provided in art, drama and music are good. Pupils thoroughly appreciate this wide range of activities and other enrichment opportunities. Pupils get along extremely well together. The older know the younger. They care for one another. As one pupil said, ‘We feel safe because in the school our friends are around us and we all feel safe together.’ They have a good appreciation of healthy lifestyles. Some aspects of their personal development are excellent such as their behaviour, their feelings of safety and their positive attitudes to their work. In class their excellent behaviour is a major factor in the amount of work that they produce because they use their time productively. They want to do well. The staff plan lessons effectively so that the more able pupils are challenged well. There is no major difference between the pupils’ progress in mathematics and English, although pupils do not have enough opportunities to develop styles of writing in subjects other than in English. Connections between subjects are not as well developed as they could be to reinforce learning. Staff set targets for pupils to aim for. However, these are not always written precisely enough for the pupils to know exactly what they need to do to improve and neither are they sure what is involved in getting to the next level in their work. Staff take good care of the pupils and help them to feel confident in what they accomplish. The good links with the church also support the care taken of the pupils and their families. Self-evaluation is thorough in its detail but nevertheless in a few aspects is a little too optimistic. The good progress since the last inspection, good teaching and the good provision made for the pupils indicate that the school has a good capacity to improve further.