|Name||Shield Road Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||17 September 2013|
|Address||Shields Avenue, Northville, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS7 0RR|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||229 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.7|
|Local Authority||South Gloucestershire|
|Percentage Free School Meals||17%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||25.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for looked-after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families) is above the national average. Approximately one third of pupils are from minority ethnic groups. They come from a range of backgrounds but African and Other White pupils make up the largest groups. About a quarter of pupils do not speak English as their first language; this is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs 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 well above average. The school has a much higher than usual turnover of pupils. The school does not use any alternative provision for its pupils (lessons that take place regularly away from school). The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The attainment and progress of all groups of pupils have risen sharply in the last three years. Attainment in English and mathematics is above average and pupils achieve well. Very good support for disadvantaged pupils, such as those eligible for free school meals, ensures achievement for all groups is consistently good. High-attaining pupils receive challenging work and also achieve well. Teaching is good because it promotes good learning. Pupils rightly report that teachers make lessons great fun; good marking and setting of targets promote pupils’ understanding of how to improve. Pupils behave well both in and out of lessons. They have positive relationships with both fellow pupils and adults. Attitudes to learning are very positive, so disruptions to lessons are rare. Bullying is unusual and the school deals with any incidents most effectively. The headteacher, senior staff and the governing body work together well, providing a good environment for learning and setting high expectations for staff and pupils. The governing body is very well informed about all aspects of the school and actively challenges and supports it. The checks the school makes on teaching and pupils’ progress are regular and accurate. The results are used to identify where improvements are required and to rigorously address any concerns. In consequence, the school has made good improvements since the previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because: In some lessons, teachers do not utilise teaching assistants to promote the best possible learning and the closing sessions of lessons are not always used to check and consolidate what has been learned. Attendance has improved well over the last three years, but remains a little below the national average.