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This is an outstanding school. 'A love of learning, for life, for all' is not only the motto but the beating heart of this school. Parents and carers cannot praise the work of the school highly enough and say 'there is a real buzz here.'
Pupils achieve exceptionally well at this school. Their achievement in reading, writing and mathematics has been significantly above average for the last five years. They are confident and articulate, using their communication skills exceptionally well to talk with each other about their learning.
Teaching is outstanding. Exciting lessons begin with a challenge or event that captures pupils' interest exceptionally well so the...y are highly motivated to achieve. Activities are well planned to meet the learning needs of all groups of pupils.
Pupils' excellent attitudes to learning, punctuality and attendance mean that behaviour is outstanding. The superb relationships between all members of the school community mean that any minor falling out or disagreement is resolved quickly and well. Pupils feel exceptionally safe at this school and know exactly how to keep themselves safe on the internet.
The senior leadership team, including the governors, are ambitious and have a relentless drive to continually improve the achievement of all groups of pupils at the school. Parents and carers say that all the staff know their children exceptionally well as individuals. Parents and carers are very pleased with the progress their children make and have many opportunities to become involved in the life of the school.
Information about this school
Since the previous inspection, Orleans Infant School has been designated as a primary school from July 2012. It is undergoing the transition from a three-form entry infant school to a two-form entry primary school. A neighbouring school, St Stephens, previously a junior school is also becoming a primary school.
At the time of the inspection, Year 4 were the oldest cohort in the school and there were four Year 2 classes. It is a larger than average sized primary school. Two thirds of the pupils are of White British origin.
The rest of the pupils are from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, the largest group being from Any Other White background. A significant proportion of these are learning English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after and children of service families) is much lower than average.
The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The proportion of those supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The school does not have access to any alternative provision.
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