Frinton-on-Sea Primary School

Name Frinton-on-Sea Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 February 2015
Address Fifth Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, CO13 9LQ
Phone Number 01255674007
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 214 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.7
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 9.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%

Information about this school

Frinton–on–Sea is smaller than the average–sized primary school. Children attending the early years provision are taught full time in the Reception year. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is average. The school provides a breakfast club which is managed by the governing body. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since the previous inspection, the leadership team has changed- the headteacher was appointed in January 2015, the deputy headteacher in September 2013, and the special educational needs co-ordinator in July 2013. There have also been several changes to the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders and managers, including governors have raised expectations and taken decisive action to tackle weaknesses in teaching. As a result, teaching is now good and leads to good achievement across the school. Standards at the end of Year 6 are rising in reading, writing and mathematics. In 2014, pupils’ attainment in reading was above the national average. Pupils say the school is free from bullying, and that they are helped to keep safe. As a consequence, this is a harmonious and cohesive community. Pupils enjoy learning. Staff maintain high expectations so that pupils behave well at all times, and no time is wasted in lessons. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. The curriculum strongly promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Parents have every confidence in the new leaders. They are right to hold positive views about how children are cared for, especially those who need extra help to succeed at school. Children in the early years thrive in a vibrant and exciting environment. They make good progress and their skills are developed well in readiness for Year 1. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teachers provide sufficiently challenging work to the most-able pupils, particularly in written work for history or science, and in mathematical investigations. Pupils are not always given a chance use their phonics skills (the sounds that letters make) to improve their spelling or writing.