Great Binfields Primary School

Name Great Binfields Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 July 2015
Address Binfields Farm Lane, Chineham, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8AJ
Phone Number 01256460532
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 390 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes, our last distance offered data is FREE

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportions of boys and girls vary from year to year. From Reception to Year 2, pupils work in single-age classes. The other classes are composed of mixed- age groups with pupils from Year 3 and Year 4 learning together and Years 5 and 6 together. All pupils attend on a full-time basis, including children in the Reception classes. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is in line with the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is well below the national average. This additional government funding is used to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after. Most pupils are from a White British background. Only a small proportion of the pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion of pupils who do not speak English as their first language is lower than that found nationally. The school met the government’s current floor standards in 2014, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Great Binfields Primary School hosts a specialist resource base for visual impairment (VI) which can support 10 pupils. Currently there are seven pupils educated in the unit. All of the pupils are integrated fully into the main classes and cover the age range within the school. There has been a change of headteacher since the last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has improved at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Pupils now attain at or above the national averages of 2014. Pupils at all stages achieve well overall but particularly in reading and writing. The progress pupils make between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is good. The pupils’ workbooks indicate they are making good progress in writing and mathematics. The headteacher has shown great determination to improve the quality of teaching which is now good. The deputy headteacher has provided her with good support. Together they have been tenacious in achieving the necessary improvements. Middle leaders, promoted from within the school, play an active role in checking the pupils’ progress. They lead their subject teams very effectively. Over three quarters of the children in the Reception classes attained a good level of development in 2015 continuing an upward trajectory. The quality of teaching and leadership in the early years is good and effective. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress from their individual starting points. Pupils who are visually impaired make very good progress and are fully integrated into the main school. The care and support they receive are excellent. Pupils’ behaviour in school is good. They enjoy lessons and work hard. Attitudes to learning are very positive. The pupils feel very safe in school. The school’s efforts to ensure the safety of all pupils are outstanding. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is good. The work of the school prepares the pupils effectively for life in modern, democratic Britain and for the next stage in their education. The local authority has provided good support to the school over the last few years. The governors hold the school to account robustly for the progress different groups of pupils make. They have an increasingly clear understanding of their role within the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ achievement in mathematics lags a little behind that seen at the end of Year 6 in reading and writing. Teachers do not always provide the most able pupils with the level of challenge necessary to achieve at the highest levels, especially in mathematics. Teachers do not always make sure pupils take sufficient care with the presentation of their work. Consequently, pupils’ handwriting is not always neat.