This is an outstanding school. Children get an excellent start to their education in the Reception Year.
They make outstanding progress in all areas of their early development. Standards in mathematics, reading and writing are well-above average and have been since the previous inspection. Standards in other subjects are equally strong.
Pupils benefit from teaching that is at least good and usually outstanding so they all make excellent progress. Careful checks make sure that all pupils are making the best progress they can. Those in danger of falling behind, or who need extra help, are identified quickly and given prompt support so they too achieve exceptiona...lly well.
Teachers set demanding tasks knowing that pupils respond enthusiastically and try hard to achieve their very best. The more able always rise to the challenge and their achievement is outstanding. Teachers are highly successful in encouraging pupils to find things out for themselves from the very youngest age.
Teachers mark pupils' work regularly. Marking is often of a high quality, particularly in English, but does not always give pupils enough ideas on how they can improve. Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very well.
This is highly effective in helping pupils to develop strong relationships, outstanding attitudes to learning and excellent behaviour. Pupils' behaviour is outstanding and they are kept exceptionally safe and secure in school. Senior leaders have very successfully created a school environment in which high expectations of what pupils can achieve and high standards are typical.
Leaders regularly check on teaching. Through rigorous procedures, using a wide range of evidence, they have established a record of continually improving the quality of teaching. Governors are very well qualified with relevant experience for governing a school.
They have a high level of involvement in running the school. They check the school's performance for themselves. They question and challenge leaders to ensure the highest quality of education.
Information about this school
This is an average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in single-age classes for all abilities throughout the school. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and pupils who speak English as an additional language are well-below average.
No one is at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average.
A very small minority of pupils are supported by extra funding through the pupil premium. In this school it applies to pupils who are in the care of the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in English and mathematics.
In the last three years, five newly qualified teachers have joined the school. There is a privately run nursery, Ducklings Day Nursery, on the school site. It is inspected separately.
The school provides before- and after-school care at Moorhens before- and after-school club. The club was visited as part of this inspection. Leadership provides support to other local schools through: the headteacher being a local leader of education who provides support to other schools in the local authority the Chair of the Governing Body being a national leader of governance and providing support to governing bodies in this and other local authorities.
The school is a member of the Four Oaks Learning Trust for Excellence (FOLTE). The seven local schools in the trust share a common set of values and principles and a common purpose – a commitment to further improve the learning of pupils across the family of schools. As members of the trust, school staff contribute to, and benefit from, developing a high-quality of education within the trust.