Payhembury Church of England Primary School

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Payhembury Church of England Primary School

Name Payhembury Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Payhembury, Honiton, EX14 3HT
Phone Number 01404841291
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 102 (57.8% boys 42.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (25 February 2015)
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Information about this school

This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in three mixed-age classes: Reception and Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. All pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as a first language. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is well below the national average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below the national average. Early years provision in the Reception class is full time. The school runs a breakfast club. The headteacher has recently taken on the role of acting executive headteacher of another local school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The inspirational headteacher sets high expectations. Her unrelenting drive for high standards has resulted in sustained improvements in areas of weakness identified in the previous inspection. By the time pupils in Year 6 leave, they often attain highly and make strong progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Governors know the school well. They provide good challenge to talented senior and middle leaders. Consequently, leaders tackle any weaknesses swiftly and with rigor. Conscientious staff instil a desire for learning and achievement in their pupils. Pupils in Key Stage 2 demonstrate a thirst for learning and a strong desire to do well. Attitudes to learning are exemplary and underpin good progress. Teachers’ strong subject knowledge and the ‘language rich’ environment result in pupils making exceptional progress in reading. High quality specialist teaching in French and in physical education is a strength of the good curriculum. The school’s values of ‘Perseverance, Acceptance, Respect, Caring and Honesty’ are central to the work of the school and equip pupils well for life in modern Britain. Older pupils are proud to take up the many responsibilities on offer to them; they lead clubs and support younger pupils with reading and play. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are given the support they need to make good progress. Attendance is above average and pupils are punctual to school and to lessons. Pupils are vociferous in their praise of the school. They say the school keeps them safe. Parents speak of the ‘unique family feel’ of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Activities in the Early Years Foundation Stage are not always matched well to children’s needs. The progress of some boys in writing is weaker than in other subjects. Mathematics teaching does not provide pupils, particularly the more able, with opportunities to develop resilience in problem solving.