Redmarley Church of England Primary School

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About Redmarley Church of England Primary School

Name Redmarley Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Sarah Smith
Address Redmarley, Gloucester, GL19 3HS
Phone Number 01531650277
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 109
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to school.

They reflect their motto 'Shine' in everything they do. Pupils sing about it in their school song enthusiastically.

Leaders have high expectations for pupils' behaviour, conduct and attendance.

Most pupils respond appropriately to the rules and routines that are in place. If fallouts do occur, staff deal with them sensitively. Despite this, there are a few younger pupils who do not follow routines well enough.

Pupils feel safe. Relationships between staff and pupils are warm and respectful. Pupils say that bullying is rare.

If it were to happen, they are confident that adults would deal with this quickly.
<>Leaders ensure that the pastoral support pupils receive is strong. Pupils understand how to speak about their feelings.

However, some pupils do not know enough about the protected characteristics or fundamental British values, such as democracy and tolerance.

Pupils enjoy the range of clubs that are on offer to them, such as bell ringing and sewing. They value the opportunities they have to become 'buddies'.

This starts with reading but extends to helping younger pupils during breaktimes. Pupils say this helps them set a positive example for others.

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

Leaders have designed an effective curriculum that helps most pupils learn and remember more over time.

In subjects where published outcomes are below national expectations, leaders have taken effective action to strengthen the curriculum. For example, the focus that leaders have placed on mathematics is making a difference. Pupils use their knowledge of number well.

Many say mathematics is their favourite subject.

Leaders prioritise reading. They have recently implemented a new phonics scheme.

Pupils' reading and spelling are improving because of this. Children learn phonics as soon as they start school. Their fluency in reading develops well.

If pupils fall behind, they receive the support they need to help them to keep up. Teachers read stories to pupils throughout the school. They choose a range of books which help pupils understand the diversity and richness of literature.

Despite this, teachers do not support older pupils' reading as effectively. Some older pupils select books that are not well matched to their ability.

The English curriculum is well planned and carefully sequenced.

Older pupils use their writing skills well across a range of subjects. In most cases, teachers check pupils' learning carefully. They praise success and point out misconceptions.

When the use of assessment is not as effective, pupils continue to make errors, especially in their writing.While leaders have put in place a well-planned curriculum that sets out the important knowledge that pupils need to know, the implementation of this curriculum is not as effective in some areas as it is in others. This is particularly true in the early years.

Some teachers do not make clear what they want children to learn, nor do they ensure that children's work is of a suitable standard. Children flit from one activity to another. They do not concentrate on, or complete, their learning purposefully.

This prevents them from learning and remembering the important knowledge they need and hampers the progress they make.

Leaders ensure that staff are well supported to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Teachers know the pupils well.

They make sure that these pupils receive the help they need. As a result, pupils with SEND access the same curriculum as others.

Pupils' attitudes to learning develop over time.

The pupils' fondness for their time in school and obligation to make other pupils experience the same shine through in them.

Pupils benefit from a well-designed personal, social, health and economic curriculum. Consequently, they understand how to take care of themselves and others.

Pupils have a mature awareness of how to maintain their mental health. They develop their sense of character by raising money for charities. Older pupils understand the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

For example, they know why consent is important.

Governors, including those from the trust, know the school well. Their actions are making a difference.

This is particularly the case with the training they offer to staff through the many networks that exist across the trust. Staff, including those who are new to teaching, appreciate the way in which leaders support their development and are considerate of their workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The designated safeguarding leads are vigilant in their duties and protect pupils. Staff receive regular and up-to-date training. They know how to identify and report any concerns about pupils who may be vulnerable.

Leaders make sure that external support is provided at the right level to keep pupils safe.

Recruitment checks are undertaken thoroughly.

The school has suitable policies in place to raise awareness among staff and parents about the dangers of sexual harassment, online sexual abuse and sexual violence.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The implementation of the early years curriculum is not consistently strong. Children's learning does not build on what they know and can do. Leaders need to ensure that the early years curriculum is planned and implemented so that children make a strong start in all areas of learning.

• Some pupils' written work has consistently inaccurate spelling and punctuation. Some teachers do not check pupils' learning well enough, and pupils make the same mistakes over time. Leaders must ensure that teachers check pupils' learning and help them to write accurately and fluently.

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