|Name||Priory Primary School, Bicknacre|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 February 2014|
|Address||Bicknacre Road, Bicknacre, Priory Primary School, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4ES|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||179 (54% boys 46% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||21.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are from White British backgrounds and speak English as their first language. A small number are from minority ethnic backgrounds. A small proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium. This is additional funding provided for pupils who are looked after by the local authority, known to be eligible for free school meals, or from service families. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. Bicknacre Pre-School is situated on the same site. This is inspected separately. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection, a new Chair of the Governing Body has been appointed, and there have been several other changes in governors. The school appointed two newly qualified teachers in September 2013.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Teaching is good and there is much that is outstanding. Leaders and managers, including governors, have helped sustain good performance over a considerable period. Standards have been well above average at the end of Key Stage 1 since the last inspection, and are improving at the end of Key Stage 2. Pupils’ behaviour around the school is often exemplary. Pupils show strong care and consideration towards each other. The school’s arrangements for ensuring pupils’ safety and well-being are outstanding. The school’s topics and subjects, as well as activities before and after school and regular visits, enrich the pupils’ learning experiences. They make an excellent contribution to the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Governors keep themselves well informed about the school, and use their knowledge extremely well to ensure that the school has an accurate understanding of how well it is performing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some pupils, especially in Key Stage 2, lack pride in their work so it is too often poorly presented and inaccurate. Teachers’ marking is not always effective in helping pupils to improve their work. Sometimes, work is left unmarked for long periods. Sometimes, teachers plan work which is too easy for pupils, especially those who are more able. As a result, some pupils make less progress than they should.