Hornton Primary School

Name Hornton Primary School
Website http://www.horntonprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 March 2018
Address Church Lane, Hornton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6BZ
Phone Number 01295670335
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.2
Academy Sponsor The Warriner Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Hornton Primary School is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. In August 2015 the school converted to become an academy within the Warriner Multi-Academy Trust. There are five schools in the trust, a secondary school and four primary schools. The management of the trust consists of a chief executive, who is also the headteacher of the secondary school, and a board of directors. Their role is to oversee the strategic direction of all of the schools. A local governing body is responsible for aspects related to the day-to-day running of this school, these include monitoring the quality of teaching and learning. Early years provision consists of a Nursery and a Reception class. In the Nursery there are 28 children on roll, including provision for two-year-olds. Almost all attend part time. The Reception class is full time and there are currently nine children on roll. From Year 1 pupils are taught in three mixed-age classes, including a key stage 1 class, a Years 3 and 4 class and a Years 5 and 6 class. There is a lower than average proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium. There are very few pupils in the school who have SEN and/or disabilities. The school provides a breakfast club and an after-school club. When the predecessor school, Horton Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted in September 2013, its overall effectiveness was judged to require improvement. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which are the minimum standards expected nationally for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils enjoy coming to this small village school. They behave well and have positive attitudes to their learning. Attendance is similar to the national average. Dedicated leadership by the headteacher drives school improvement. Staff share the aim of ensuring that all pupils receive a good quality of education. Teaching is good. Teachers’ assessment of pupils’ attainment and progress is accurate. It enables staff to provide pupils with work of the right level of difficulty. Pupils make strong progress. They obtain results at the end of Year 6 that compare favourably with the national average. Those who are most able do particularly well. Additional funding is used effectively to ensure that disadvantaged pupils make similar progress to their peers. Children in the early years make good progress. By the end of Reception, a higher proportion than found nationally reach a good level of development. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is enhanced through an engaging curriculum. Parents are highly supportive. All who responded to the Ofsted questionnaire would recommend the school to another parent. Those with governance responsibilities are very supportive of the school. They provide a good level of challenge to most aspects of school life. However, they do not check children’s progress in the Nursery, so they are not sure how pupils are progressing throughout the early years. Progress in writing in Years 3 and 4 is not strong enough. Pupils do not get enough guidance to develop their handwriting, composition and spelling skills.