Shobnall Primary Academy

Name Shobnall Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 10 January 2012
Address Shobnall Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2BB
Phone Number 01283247410
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 227 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.3
Academy Sponsor John Taylor Mat
Local Authority Staffordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.4%
Persisitent Absence 2.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is an average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is slightly smaller than in most schools. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage and, of the small proportions from minority ethnic groups none are in the early stages of learning English. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and pupils with disabilities is similar to that in most schools The majority of the former are moderate learning or speech, language and communication needs. The school has been well-above government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment, for the last three years. The school has gained a number of awards including the International School Award, the Dyslexia Friendly award, an Artsmark Gold award and a Healthy School award.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. It was judged to be good with outstanding features at the time of the last inspection and has continued to go from strength to strength since then. Pupils and their parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive in their praise for this school where pupils attain standards in English and mathematics which are well-above those in most primary schools and they develop a range of exemplary personal skills. Teaching is outstanding and ensures that pupils make rapid progress. Expectations and enthusiasm are high from the start. From low starting points on entry to the Early Years Foundation Stage, children quickly catch up with children of a similar age nationally. All teachers have an excellent understanding of pupils’ needs and challenge them to do as well as they can. High-quality support is provided for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs so that these pupils also excel. Strong and trusting relationships underpin pupils’ exemplary behaviour, which makes a strong contribution to their learning and to the smooth running of the safe school environment. Pupils are given an exceptional opportunity for personal growth in preparation for the next stage of their education and future lives. Exemplary leadership at all levels drives rigorous systems to check on the school’s work and improve it further. Consequently, the highest levels of achievement have been maintained over time. Staff, the governing body, parents, carers and pupils all work together to achieve their ambitious vision for pupils’ continued success. They have transformed the school environment, where the curriculum provides enjoyable and stimulating experiences. The whole school is ambitious to ensure that experiences offered outdoors in the Early Years Foundation Stage are of the same high quality as those enjoyed indoors. They intend that older pupils take the lead in developing the potential of the outdoor environment for extending pupils’ learning further, while at work and play.