Milford Infants’ School

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About Milford Infants’ School

Name Milford Infants’ School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Wendy Chant
Address Glenthorne Avenue, Yeovil, BA21 4PG
Phone Number 01935475426
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 252
Local Authority Somerset
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Milford Infants' School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils get off to a good start to their education at Milford. Adults appreciate the achievements of everyone. They do everything they can so pupils live the values of the school.

This means that pupils behave appropriately. They feel safe, included, motivated, optimistic and respected.

Leaders are clear in their ambition that all pupils learn the basics thoroughly.

They are successful. Pupils say they love reading and mathematics. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), achieve well.

Staff prioritise helping pupils devel...op the knowledge and skills required to make them successful learners. Pre-school and Reception Year staff support children to develop independence. Through the school, pupils learn to approach learning in different ways.

They say they tackle new problems, bravely; 'like a lion', or they keep going steadily; 'just like a tortoise'.

Pupils say that adults are kind. They know that adults will listen to them and sort things out.

Pupils say that bullying almost never happens and that Milford is a friendly school. Parents told inspectors that their children are 'thriving' because staff 'go above and beyond' to support them and their children.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Staff are ambitious that all their pupils will do well.

There are consistent approaches and routines across the school. Pupils become confident and know what to expect. Staff are very aware of the different backgrounds, experiences and needs of their pupils.

This means that they change things if a pupil needs more help or has different strengths or interests. Staff are very sensitive to pupils who may be feeling challenged or unhappy. They do everything they can to support pupils to feel safe so they can learn and behave well.

They are successful. Classrooms are calm and purposeful environments. Pupils play well together at playtimes.

The personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum and caring staff are helping pupils to learn more about themselves and being part of a family and a community. Pupils learn about relationships, being healthy and keeping safe. They study different cultures and festivals.

They learn at the beach and in forest school. Planned activities in lessons include relaxation and discussion. Teachers provide individual help to pupils.

This supports pupils' learning well.

Helping pupils to learn to read and to foster a love of reading are priorities for the school. The enthusiasm of teachers is infectious.

Story telling from high quality texts has a high profile. Pupils can re-tell familiar tales and talk about their favourite books. From the very start, staff in the early years ensure that children develop their language, speaking and listening skills.

Throughout the day, children practise their key sounds in work and in play. There is a systematic approach so pupils learn their sounds effectively. Pupils read books that help them practice the sounds they learn.

Teachers identify which pupils might need more help and this is provided. The special educational needs co-ordinator offers extra support and advice for those with SEND.

Pupils develop their mathematical knowledge quickly.

Leaders have made sure that there is a clear structure in place and common expectations. Teachers identify any gaps or misconceptions that pupils might have in their learning. They make sure there is time to revisit these.

Pupils become confident mathematicians. They gain a very solid understanding of the basics. They enjoy reasoning and problem solving.

Leaders make sure there is a consistent approach to the curriculum. They are renewing aspects of the curriculum in line with national guidance. They have strengthened the plans for each subject.

These plans outline the building blocks of knowledge that the school expects pupils to learn in each subject. It will take time to fully embed these changes to make sure that pupils' learning in separate subjects contribute to the school's overall ambitions for its pupils.

Staff are proud to work at Milford.

They value the team approach that includes leaders, teachers and support staff. They appreciate recent changes that have reduced workload. Many of the governors are new to the school.

They recognise that they need to increase the membership and knowledge of the governing body so that they can support the school even more effectively.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders provide regular safeguarding training for all staff.

There are clear procedures in place for reporting concerns. Leaders provide help and support for families and work well with other agencies. Parents praise the sensitivity of staff.

Pupils know how to keep themselves safe, for example when using the internet, because teachers tackle complex subjects in an age-appropriate way.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some aspects of the curriculum are relatively new. Leaders must continue to refine the curriculum so that it is securely embedded across all subjects and to ensure that pupils gain cumulative knowledge and skills for future learning.

• Many members of the governing body are new and inexperienced. Governors and leaders should work with the local authority to improve the capacity of the governing body so that it can support the school more confidently and effectively.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the second section 8 inspection since we judged Milford Infants' School to be good on 4 November 2010.

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