Freshford Church School

Name Freshford Church 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 02 July 2014
Address High Street, Freshford, Bath, Somerset, BA2 7WE
Phone Number 01225723331
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 153 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.4
Academy Sponsor The Bath And Wells Diocesan Academies Trust
Local Authority Bath and North East Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 4.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.3%
Persisitent Absence 5.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are five mixed-age classes. Most pupils come from a White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is well below average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is lower than average. The proportions supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The new headteacher started in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics from starting points which vary from year to year but are generally in line with those expected for their age. Pupils enjoy their lessons and work hard to achieve their best. Teaching is good. Relationships are strong, activities are carefully planned and pupils are keen to learn and do well. The support provided by highly skilled and dedicated teaching assistants makes a strong contribution to pupils’ learning in lessons. A consistent approach to pupils’ personal, as well as their academic, development results in their good behaviour and understanding of how to be and stay safe. The headteacher and senior leaders have been highly focused on improving the quality of teaching and raising pupils’ achievement. As a result, the progress pupils make is quickening. The governing body is knowledgeable about the school. Its members challenge leaders and make a good contribution to school development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always make sure that all pupils have work that challenges them, especially the most able pupils. They do not consistently tell pupils how to improve their work or ensure pupils put into practice the advice given in comments in marking. Pupils do not do as well in writing as they do in reading and mathematics. This is because : they do not practise writing high-quality sentences using accurate punctuation often enough or regularly write extended pieces of work.