|Name||Long Sutton CofE Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 December 2013|
|Address||Martock Road, Long Sutton, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9NT|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||93 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||19.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Long Sutton is a smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils attend from the local area. All pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils, those with special educational needs supported at school action plus and those with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding for children in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals and pupils with a parent or carer in the armed services, is average. There is a small number of pupils from ethnic minority groups, none of whom are in the early stages of learning English. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There are breakfast and after-school clubs run by the school. The school does not make use of any alternative provision.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Achievement for all groups of pupils has improved significantly since the last inspection. Attainment in Year 6 is above average in reading, writing and mathematics and pupils are now making better than expected progress, particularly in writing. This is because the effective development of teaching skills has raised the quality of teaching so that it is now consistently good, with some that is outstanding. The marking of pupils’ work is a particular strength. It is ensuring that pupils are very sure how to improve their work, enabling them to make more rapid progress. The behaviour of younger pupils in lessons has improved considerably. They are attentive and listen carefully to the teacher. This supports their learning very well. Pupils feel very safe and well cared for. They enjoy school because teachers plan lively and interesting lessons. The provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very strong and is a major contributory factor in pupils’ very positive attitudes to learning. The determined leadership of the headteacher, along with help from senior teachers and active governors, has improved the quality of education substantially over the last two years. The whole school community is now a strong team focused upon a drive towards excellence in all areas of the school’s work. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Pupils are sometimes over reliant on adults and have too few opportunities to use their own initiative when finding things out or using what they have learned to solve problems. The existing outstanding teaching practice is not yet shared sufficiently well across the school. Some middle leaders do not have all the skills they need to lead and manage the raising of achievement in their subject.