Little Marlow CofE School

Name Little Marlow CofE School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address School Lane, Little Marlow, SL7 3SA
Phone Number 01628473316
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 81 (51.9% boys 48.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.5
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.6%
Persisitent Absence %
Pupils with SEN Support 14.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

This is a small infant school, with three classes. The Reception class is full time. The school was judged to require special measures in January 2013. Since then, its progress has been monitored by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, who also led this full inspection. Since January 2015, the school has been led by an interim headteacher. Her substantive post is deputy headteacher at nearby Holy Trinity Junior School, with which Little Marlow School federated in autumn 2014, sharing a governing body. Almost all pupils are White British and live in nearby villages. No pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportions of disabled pupils and those identified as having special educational needs are in line with the national average. A very small number of disadvantaged pupils are entitled to the support of the pupil premium.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching has improved considerably and is good. It meets pupils’ needs well and pupils enjoy their learning. Pupils achieve well in English and mathematics. Sports provision is particularly good and pupils are active. Pupils’ behaviour has much improved and is good. The school looks after the pupils well and they feel safe, happy and secure. Attendance has improved and is now above average. Parents like the school and are getting increasingly involved in it. Pupils enjoy a wide range of interesting lessons and activities, as well as visits out of school. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are provided for well and make good progress. Pupils get off to a good start in the well-managed Reception class. Teachers and teaching assistants work together really well as a team in lessons. The school is well led and governed. The interim headteacher has continued and developed the work of her predecessor very effectively. Governors ensure the new federation is working well. The interim headteacher evaluates the school accurately, knowing strengths and weaknesses. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Boys do not do as well as girls in English and girls do not do as well as boys in mathematics. The school does not yet evaluate the impact of pupil premium expenditure. In her written reports, the interim headteacher tends to emphasise the school’s strengths more than its weaknesses. Teaching assistants do not always ask sophisticated enough questions to deepen fully pupils’ learning. Leadership of all the subjects, although improving, is not yet sufficiently well developed to ensure that the subject content in all lessons is rich and challenging.