Queensway School

Name Queensway School
Website http://www.queensway.oxon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 November 2012
Address Queensway, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9NF
Phone Number 01295251631
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 394 (45% boys 55% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.3
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19.5%
Persisitent Absence 5.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 18%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Queensway Primary School is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils come from a White British background. An increasing proportion of pupils enter the school speaking English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average, as is the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for specific groups of pupils). The proportion of pupils joining and leaving the school, other than at the usual times, is higher than in most schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress across the school. As a result, attainment in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6 has been rising and is now at the national average for primary schools. Provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage is well managed which results in good progress. Teaching is usually at least good with some outstanding practice. Pupils feel safe, behave well, and enjoy their learning which is clearly reflected in their above average attendance. The headteacher has been highly effective in leading the changes that have resulted in rapid improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection. She is ably supported by senior leaders and the governing body. Pupils enjoy a wide variety of exciting visits, residential stays and visitors to school throughout the year. The school has a proven track record of helping disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and the high number of pupils joining midway through the year, to make the best of their education. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Progress in mathematics is not as rapid as in reading and writing. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 are not always clear about what they need to do to move up to the next level in their work. Sometimes the pace of learning slows because teachers spend too long talking. In a few lessons, particularly in Key Stage 2, activities are not matched closely to pupils’ needs and the pace of learning slows. The way teachers use teaching assistants to support learning is not always effective. Marking is not consistent across the school and not all pupils respond to teachers’ comments about how to improve their work.