Shenington Church of England Primary School

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Shenington Church of England Primary School

Name Shenington Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 December 2019
Address Stocking Lane, Shenington, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6NF
Phone Number 01295670273
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 92 (63% boys 37% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%
Persisitent Absence 3.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 32.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes


Shenington Church of England Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive in this friendly village school. They are enthusiastic to learn and they develop positive attitudes. Pupils like everything about their school, including the many clubs that take place outside of the school day. They find the topics they study interesting, especially when visits and events help bring learning to life.

Leaders make it clear that they want all pupils to do as well as they can. Staff put pupils’ well-being above all else. Because pupils know that the staff want them to succeed, they try hard. Classrooms are busy places where everyone behaves well and works hard to do their very best.

Pupils like the fact that they know everyone in the school so well. It makes for a caring community. Pupils of all ages play together cooperatively. In key stage 2, they take turns at breaktime to make sure that no one is ever left out. Pupils say that the adults in school keep them safe. They insist that there is no bullying and ‘no meanness’. If any incident did occur, they know they can talk to any adult or leave a message in their class ‘worry monster’.

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

This is a school with many strengths. Leaders ably meet their vision for all pupils to develop a love of learning. Teachers help pupils to learn about interesting things. This makes pupils want to find out more. The school’s strong focus on pupils’ personal development ensures that they become confident and thoughtful individuals.Leaders have recently reviewed the school’s curriculum for a wide range of subjects. They want pupils to do as well in all subjects as they do in reading, writing and mathematics. Curriculum planning uses topics to make links between subjects, particularly history, geography and science. Pupils engage well with learning through their topics. They enjoy writing about the information they discover.In most subjects, pupils are building effective knowledge over time. For example, inscience, key stage 2 pupils learn what a fair test is. They know that it is an important idea. This helps when in Year 6, pupils are required to design their own scientific fair test. However, pupils have not developed a similarly well-sequenced understanding of important ideas in all subjects.Pupils are successful in English and mathematics. Younger pupils successfully develop into fluent readers. From the time children start in Reception, they learn phonics. Pupils build upon this secure start so that, by the end of key stage 1, they read with confidence. Pupils read regularly to well-trained adults. The adults help pupils to read with fluency, expression and understanding and promptly help those who may fall behind. Older pupils use their reading skills in different subjects to help them find things out. They talk with passion about their favourite types of books.In key stage 1, pupils develop strong mathematical skills. Teaching helps pupils to understand numbers well. Real-life number problems challenge pupils’ thinking. Reception children saw that placing numbers in tens and units helped them to count how many were present for that day’s register. Children recognised and knew the names of the shapes that they see around them every day. By the time pupils are in Year 2, they record their calculations with confidence.A high proportion of pupils join the school during key stage 2. They are warmly welcomed. Staff and pupils help them to settle in. Many of them have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Almost all new pupils have gaps in their learning. Teachers support these pupils to catch up quickly. Pupils with SEND achieve particular success. All pupils move on to secondary school well prepared for their future education.Pupils live up to teachers’ high expectations for behaviour. Throughout the school, pupils listen to the adults and concentrate well on their learning. Older pupils take on posts of responsibility, either by volunteering or through election. They are proud of their school and they like to be helpful. Leaders care about pupils’ personal development and promote it well. Teachers ensure that pupils understand about bullying, including online, and it is not tolerated. Older pupils know that it can have a serious impact. They used World Mental Health Day to reflect upon the importance of good mental health.There are many clubs. Often, as many as half of the school pupils remain on site at the end of the afternoon. The clubs support pupils to develop sports and hobbies, such as film and photography.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The designated leader ensures that safeguarding is everyone’s priority. Teachers know pupils and their families well. This helps staff to be alert to small changes that might cause any concern. Teachers and other adults look out for their vulnerable pupils. Staff know whom to go to if they have a concern. The designated safeguarding leader helpsfamilies to get the support they need.Leaders follow up any safeguarding concerns rapidly. Systems for recruiting and training staff, governors and volunteers are robust. Pupils feel safe and they learn how to keep themselves safe, including when they are online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

As a result of leaders’ work to develop the curriculum, pupils are learning and remembering more in science and in many of the foundation subjects. In a few subjects, pupils have not yet built on their prior learning to develop enough depth of knowledge. Leaders need to continue their checks to ensure that all topics enable pupils to build enough subject-specific knowledge, skills and understanding as they progress through the school. This will ensure that pupils learn even more effectively.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the second section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in March 2011.