Preston CofE Primary School

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About Preston CofE Primary School

Name Preston CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Claire Hodgson
Address The Toose, Abbey Manor Park, Yeovil, BA21 3SN
Phone Number 01935474538
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 422
Local Authority Somerset
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The school's motto: 'Work together, learn together, grow together' is fully realised. Staff are highly ambitious for what pupils can achieve.

Pupils live up to this. The school is a purposeful place in which to learn. Pupils are focused and respectful.

They are polite to each other and to visitors. Their conduct in school is impeccable. Pupils attend well.

They are very proud of their school.

There is an equal focus on the development of pupils' social and emotional skills.Staff are highly attuned to pupils' well-being.

Pupils are knowledgeable about how to look after their mental and physical health. The curriculum is varied and exciting. P...upils make visits to local places of interest.

These high-quality opportunities are linked to the curriculum. For example, pupils visit a local water treatment plant. This deepens their understanding of the water cycle.

The school sits very much at the heart of the community. Pupils are active contributors to town life. They are involved in a host of community initiatives.

Through these, they develop a mature understanding of how to be good citizens. They contribute to a local newspaper, improve and enhance the local area and support a range of charities.

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

There is a relentless drive to ensure that all pupils receive an outstanding education.

Key knowledge and skills are deliberately chosen to build pupils' knowledge over time. Intelligent links are made between subjects, which helps to reinforce pupils' knowledge further. Pupils have ample opportunity to practise and revisit important information.

For example, in mathematics, older pupils use their fluency in times tables to solve complicated problems in area and volume. In 'early bird' sessions, staff check what pupils know and remember. Any misconceptions are identified quickly and are then corrected.

The curriculum is enriched with inspiring opportunities. These are woven into the curriculum. For example, pupils work with local experts to design and programme satellites.

As a result of opportunities such as these, pupils succeed in all areas of the curriculum.

The school rightly believes that reading is fundamental to learning. Opportunities to practise early reading skills are intentionally planned throughout the school day.

Staff make sure that pupils understand the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. They support pupils to pronounce words correctly. Children in the early years read books that match the sounds they know and progress quickly.

Beyond phonics, older pupils study a range of text styles, including modern and classic works. They read with fluency and develop assured understanding.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities make strong progress.

Highly trained and skilled staff identify their needs early. The support planned for pupils is precise and targeted.

As soon as pupils start school, strong routines are established.

The youngest children demonstrate high levels of self-control and independence and are eager to learn. Relationships between pupils and staff are highly positive. Pupils trust staff to support and guide them.

The school takes a focused approach to pupils' moral development and character. Pupils have many meaningful opportunities to develop a sense of responsibility. For example, they take on roles as prefects, well-being ambassadors and eco-leaders.

School councillors share their opinions with staff. Their views have had a positive impact on the school environment, influencing decisions such as the design of the outdoor play area.

The school provides a wide array of opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and skills.

Popular clubs include 'The Invincibles' military club, ukelele and football. Staff know which pupils attend clubs and work with parents and pupils to secure even greater participation. The school has added clubs, such as bench ball and homework club, to encourage more pupils to get involved.

Pupils are knowledgeable about different religions. They know how to keep safe. Parents and carers are kept well informed about e-safety.

Regular newsletters contain tips and information about how parents can help pupils to stay safe online when they are at home. Family learning sessions offer parents frequent opportunities to engage in learning alongside their children. They are popular with pupils and parents alike.

Governors and trust leaders share the school's ambitious vision. They gather feedback from pupils and staff and maintain a clear focus on ensuring that all pupils receive the best possible education.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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