Manor Primary School

Name Manor Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 December 2012
Address 110 Ashampstead Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 3LJ
Phone Number 01189375494
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 330 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Local Authority Reading
Percentage Free School Meals 32.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 24.2%
Persisitent Absence 14.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average primary school with mixed-age classes at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The school has a much higher-than-average proportion of minority ethnic pupils and of pupils for whom English is an additional language. Some enter Nursery at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (those eligible for free school meals, in the care of the local authority or with a parent in the armed services) is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who are supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is higher than the national average; the proportion supported through school action is broadly average. There are places in a specialist resource unit for 10 pupils with statements of special educational needs relating to cognitive and learning difficulties. There have been changes of staff and members of the governing body since the last inspection. Management has been restructured with newly appointed deputy headteachers. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Pupils are educated on-site. There is no alternative educational provision off-site.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Most pupils make good progress across the school and some pupils make outstanding progress, particularly in reading. Attainment in the Key Stage 2 national tests has improved over the past three years, so that in 2012 Year 6 pupils left with average attainment in English and mathematics. Most teaching is good and some is outstanding and enables pupils to make, at least, good progress. Children enter Nursery with skills below those typical for their age, particularly in communication and personal, social and emotional development, and they are helped to achieve well over time. Pupils from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds get on well together. They are keen to learn. Their good behaviour makes an especially strong contribution to their learning. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well. Events such as the ‘Manorfest’ and ‘Sculpture Park Trail’ ensure that parents and carers and the wider community are also involved in popular celebrations. Senior leaders and the governing body work well together and have led the school’s improvement. They make sure that teaching and pupils’ achievement are good. Leaders rapidly identify any group or individual pupil who falls behind and make sure any gaps in performance are quickly closing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to raise achievement further. Leaders’ checks on teaching are not always closely directed to whole-school areas for improvement or to helping individual teachers improve their practice to outstanding. Marking does not always tell pupils what their next steps in learning should be, so they are not always clear about how to improve. Work in lessons is not always demanding enough and the pace of learning is not always brisk enough, for more-able pupils.