Fynamore Primary School

Name Fynamore Primary School
Website http://www.fynamore.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 June 2014
Address School Road, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 9UG
Phone Number 01249810090
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 417 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.8
Local Authority Wiltshire
Percentage Free School Meals 16.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 18%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Fynamore Primary School is larger than the average primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage, with a small number from other ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action and school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs is more than twice the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. These pupils are supported by additional government funding known as the pupil premium. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2013, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There is a private before-and-after-school club on site. This, however, was not part of this inspection. The school is an Eco School, with plans to reaccredit the Green Flag award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, middle leaders and governors are working well together to raise standards to ensure all pupils make rapid progress. In relation to their starting points, pupils make good progress by the time they leave at the end of Year 6 and achieve well. The pupils’ rate of progress has speeded up in the period since the last inspection because school leaders are more rigorous in checking performance and changing the support in place for pupils. Teaching is good. Teachers plan their lessons well and make sure all pupils are involved in their learning through using a wide range of methods to engage them. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress because their needs are quickly identified and support is provided. This is a caring school and the support given to those who need extra help or a fresh start to their education is exemplary. Children settle quickly when they start in the Early Years Foundation Stage and, as a result, they make good progress. Parents are very pleased with the care and opportunities that the children have in Reception. Pupils’ behaviour is good, both in and out of lessons. Pupils are polite to each other and adults in the school. They say they feel very safe and enjoy coming to school. Governors know the school well. They play an active and effective role within the school and keep themselves well informed about the school’s many strengths and the areas that require further improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some marking, the guidance provided is not always helpful in showing pupils how to make the next steps. In a few lessons, the more able pupils are not set work that is hard enough to ensure they make as much progress as possible.