Overseal Primary School

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About Overseal Primary School

Name Overseal Primary School
Website http://www.oversealprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Fiona Hughes
Address Woodville Road, Overseal, Swadlincote, DE12 6LU
Phone Number 01283760398
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 207
Local Authority Derbyshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Overseal Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a happy school where every pupil is valued.

Cheerful voices can be heard wherever you go.

Pupils say they get on well together. They say their teachers are kind and fair.

They enjoy the 'good to be green' system that promotes good behaviour. It motivates pupils to get it right so they can enjoy the rewards each class receives. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school.

They say that the school is 'amazing' and they would 'definitely' recommend this school to another child.

Pupils feel safe. Teachers make sure pupils understand what bull...ying is.

Pupils know they need to tell someone if they have a problem. They trust the adults in school to help them to sort these problems out. Leaders have made sure that well-trained staff are available for pupils to talk to.

The school's 'Chill Den' provides a safe place where pupils can go to talk about and learn how to manage their feelings.

Leaders are ambitious for pupils. They are determined that all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), will receive the support they need to do well and be included in all aspects of school life.

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

Leaders have designed a curriculum that is ordered logically. This means that pupils' new learning builds on what they already know. Key knowledge is identified.

There are clear goals for what pupils need to know by the time they leave school. This is exemplified by the mathematics curriculum. Children in the early years begin by developing a secure understanding of number.

They learn to look for patterns in numbers. By the time pupils are in Year 6, carefully sequenced teaching enables them to confidently explore the relationship between fractions and decimals. This precise approach is evident in almost all curriculum plans.

However, curriculum plans in geography are not as clearly laid out.

The teaching of reading is a priority. Pupils are provided with a wide range of books to stimulate their interest in, and enjoyment of, reading.

Leaders have made sure that texts are available to support pupils' understanding of the diverse world in which they live. Pupils also read across a range of subjects. For example, Year 6 pupils learn to 'read like geographers'.

Teachers introduce pupils to a wide range of vocabulary. As a result, pupils use subject-specific words to explain what they have learned. In geography, Year 4 pupils discuss areas of 'high population density'.

In Year 6, pupils describe how plateau mountains are formed, using accurate geographical terms: 'erosion', 'valleys' and 'landscapes'.

Leaders make sure that pupils get off to a swift start in learning phonics. Teachers regularly check the sounds that pupils know.

Pupils who are not keeping up get extra help. Pupils are given books with words that match the sounds they know. As a result, pupils become confident and fluent readers.

A few members of staff are not skilled enough when supporting pupils to use phonics. Leaders have not identified that this is a training need for these staff.

Staff quickly identify pupils with SEND.

They make sure their needs are met. Pupils' sensory needs are managed well. Pupils who struggle to manage their feelings are provided with strategies that help them to cope in a busy school environment.

The leader with responsibility for SEND monitors the targets that are set for pupils. She makes sure that parents are informed about the help their child is receiving. Parents of pupils with SEND are highly positive about the support their children receive.

Pupils have a wide range of experiences and opportunities to promote their wider personal development. These are outlined in the school's 'Cultural Passport'. During their time at the school, pupils visit the theatre, participate in a wide range of sporting activities and learn to play a musical instrument.

The curriculum is used to develop pupils' character and to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. Pupils learn about diversity, how to manage relationships and the importance of respect. Leaders have prioritised pupils' well-being.

They know that pupils have faced many challenges during the past couple of years. They have worked tirelessly to make sure pupils do well academically, and personally.

Pupils, staff, parents and governors are all proud to be a part of Overseal Primary School.

Their support for the school is unanimous.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Clear safeguarding procedures are in place to ensure that pupils are safe in school.

Staff understand their responsibilities to pass on concerns about pupils. They receive appropriate training and updates. They know how to spot a pupil who may be at risk of harm.

Leaders work with other agencies to make sure that families and pupils get the support they need.

Leaders make sure that pupils learn how to keep themselves safe. They learn about online safety, stranger danger and fire safety.

Older pupils learn about how to deal with issues that may arise as a result of peer pressure.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• A very small number of curriculum plans are not as consistently well planned as others. In these subjects, the key knowledge that pupils need to remember is not clearly laid out.

Leaders should ensure that all curriculum plans set out what pupils need to know, and in what order, from the Reception Year to Year 6. ? Some staff do not have good-enough subject knowledge to support pupils well in phonics. They do not correct pupils when they make mistakes or model how to use pure sounds to pupils.

Leaders should ensure that all staff have the training they need to teach phonics well. Leaders should regularly check that staff are accurate when teaching phonics.


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 the school to be good in May 2012.

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