Polehampton Church of England Infant School

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Polehampton Church of England Infant School


Name Polehampton Church of England Infant School
Website http://www.polehampton-inf.wokingham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address Hermitage Drive, Twyford, Reading, RG10 9HS
Phone Number 01189340246
Type Academy
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 172 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Academy Sponsor The Keys Academy Trust
Local Authority Wokingham
Percentage Free School Meals 5.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.7%
Persistent Absence 4.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (25 January 2011)
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This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.

Information about the school

This smaller-than-average school serves the villages of Twyford, Charvil and Ruscombe near Reading. Almost all of the pupils are of White British heritage, with a few from other, mostly Asian, backgrounds. Very few pupils are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs is below that found nationally. Provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage comprises an integrated Reception unit for 60 children. The school has achieved a number of awards, including Healthy Schools Status, the Activemark, certification by the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) and the ICT Mark. The headteacher has been appointed to become the executive headteacher of the federation between the school and the neighbouring junior school which is scheduled for September 2011.

Main findings

This is an outstanding school where pupils make excellent progress in all aspects of their development and reach high levels of attainment. Their achievement is outstanding. Parents and carers are unanimous in their praise for the school. One summed this up in her comment, ’I have been consistently overwhelmingly happy with every aspect of the school. I often think I am happier with the school than I have any right to expect. Every member of staff is to be congratulated.’ Pupils thoroughly enjoy their education and this is borne out by their high levels of attendance and eager participation in lessons. Their very positive attitudes to learning stem from high-quality teaching and a curriculum which engages and challenges them. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. Pupils have a high level of independence. They take the initiative and have a pride in their learning. Relationships across the school are outstanding. There is a strong feeling of community and excellent rapport at all levels. One parent, expressing the views of many, wrote, ’Our children are fortunate to attend Polehampton? there is a warm, caring ethos in which every child is valued for who they are and encouraged to be their very best.’ Pupils said they felt safe and loved. They reflect sensitively on what is dear to them. They understand that the United Kingdom is culturally diverse. The school is rightly looking for further opportunities to provide pupils with first-hand experiences to deepen this understanding. Senior leaders have a clear understanding of what works well and what needs to improve. Since the last inspection, the school has made headway on several fronts and there is no sense of complacency. This strong commitment, together with the calm, effective leadership of the headteacher and excellent support from the whole school community, mean that the school is extremely well placed to continue to improve in the future.