|Name||Sibford Gower Endowed Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||21 February 2013|
|Address||Acre Ditch, Sibford Gower, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 5RW|
|Number of Pupils||110 (46% boys 54% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.1|
|Academy Sponsor||The Warriner Multi Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. It is a voluntary controlled school with links to a local charitable trust. Pupils are taught in five classes, four of which are mixed-age. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a mixed-age class with some Year 1 pupils. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are broadly average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding in this school for children known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families) is well below the national average. There were no eligible pupils in Year 6 last year. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The after-school club is managed by the governing body and run by school staff.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well. They flourish both academically and socially, developing a love of learning and attaining at above-average levels by the end of Year 6. Teaching successfully challenges pupils and their learning is made purposeful because : teachers effectively link subjects together. Phonics (learning about letters and the sounds they make) is taught well in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are given good support and make good progress. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They feel very safe and have outstanding attitudes towards learning, working hard at all times. They feel very safe. Interesting activities both in and out of lessons ensure that pupils thoroughly enjoy school. The determined leadership of the headteacher as well as strong support from the other senior leader is ensuring that the school is improving quickly and that there is a good pace to change. A slight dip in attainment in Key Stage 1 that emerged last year has been tackled rigorously so that progress is again consistently good across the school. The school has effective strategies for improving teaching when minor weaknesses are identified. The governing body is knowledgeable about the work of the school and provides good challenge to the headteacher. The school works closely with parents and carers, who contribute well to their children’s learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In Years 3 to 6, pupils write confidently but do not always spell accurately because skills are not taught systematically enough. The headteacher takes on too much and does not delegate responsibility for ensuring further improvement widely enough.