Snarestone Church of England School

What is this page?

We are, a schools information website. This page is one of our school directory pages. This is not the website of Snarestone Church of England School.

What is Locrating?

Locrating is the UK's most popular and trusted school guide; it allows you to view inspection reports, admissions data, exam results, catchment areas, league tables, school reviews, neighbourhood information, carry out school comparisons and much more. Below is some useful summary information regarding Snarestone Church of England School.

To see all our data you need to click the blue button at the bottom of this page to view Snarestone Church of England School on our interactive map.

About Snarestone Church of England School

Name Snarestone Church of England School
Ofsted Inspections
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.
Headteacher Mr Tim Jewitt
Address Main Street, Snarestone, Swadlincote, DE12 7DB
Phone Number 01530270598
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Leicestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection
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.

What is it like to attend this school?

Snarestone is a friendly school. Pupils say they find lessons interesting. They get along well with each other.

They feel safe. When they do have worries, they say that adults will always listen and help.

Not all pupils get a good enough quality of education.

Children do not get off to a good start learning phonics. In subjects such as history and geography, the curriculums are not ambitious enough. Some pupils do not know and remember as much as they should.

Staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour. Pupils behave well. They are friendly to one another.

Pupils understand the different types of bullying. Bullying is rare, but when it... does happen, staff deal with it straight away.

Pupils value the wide range of visits and activities on offer.

They enjoy the after-school clubs and taking part in sports with other schools. Older pupils readily take on responsibilities such as being sports and healthy-food ambassadors.

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

Leaders have recently introduced new curriculum plans in most subjects.

Some of these plans do not have enough detail about what pupils will know and remember from their work. In history, for example, pupils do not remember important facts from the topics they cover. Leaders have not put in place effective ways to check what pupils are learning in some subjects.

The teaching of phonics for children in the Reception Year did not start promptly at the beginning of this school year. Many children in the class struggle to put together simple letter sounds to read words. Some teachers do not apply the school's phonics policy consistently well in lessons.

The books which children in the Reception Year use to practise their phonic knowledge are not always well matched to their reading ability.

Reading for pleasure is at the heart of the curriculum. Topics in other subjects are built around high-quality texts.

Teachers read stories to their classes every day. Pupils look forward to these sessions. Many more pupils now enjoy reading.

Most pupils we spoke with told us about their favourite books and authors. However, not all pupils read well. Some pupils in key stage 2 lack confidence in reading.

These pupils do not read often enough in school. They are not catching up with their peers.

Leaders have worked hard to improve pupils' writing skills over time.

Pupils are confident and imaginative writers. Spelling, formerly a weakness, is now a strength of most pupils.

Although children in the Reception Year make a slow start learning phonics, there are strengths in quality of education in the early years.

There is a strong focus on ensuring that children learn new vocabulary. Staff use songs, nursery rhymes and 'word of the day' to teach children new words. Children practise their writing skills both indoors and outdoors.

They form letters neatly. Children learn and play together happily and sensibly.

Teaching assistants provide sensitive support in lessons for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

However, some of these pupils are asked to complete work over time that is too demanding. They are not given enough time to gain a secure understanding of what has been taught before moving on to new content. When this happens, pupils with SEND do not achieve well.

Leaders have developed a strong curriculum for pupils' personal development. This includes three residential experiences and opportunities for pupils to learn about different faiths and healthy lifestyles. The curriculum prepares pupils very effectively for life in modern Britain.

The school is recognised as a Stonewall champion for its work in celebrating diversity. Pupils enjoy a wide range of after-school clubs. For some, this can be learning a musical instrument or first aid.

For others, it is playing nerf wars.

The great majority of pupils work hard in lessons and are respectful of adults and classmates. Learning is rarely disrupted by poor behaviour.

Staff are proud to work at Snarestone. They respect the headteacher. They feel that he always acts in the best interests of pupils.

Many governors are new to the role. They have expertise across a range of relevant areas. Governors make sure that funding is used effectively and efficiently, particularly the additional funding for disadvantaged pupils.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff do all they can to keep pupils safe. They are alert to the signs that indicate a pupil may be at risk of harm.

Leaders ensure that all concerns raised by staff are recorded appropriately. They follow up all concerns thoroughly.

Leaders have secure and effective recruitment systems in place to make sure that staff are suitable to work with pupils.

Governors understand their responsibilities. They keep the school's systems under regular review.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

In some subjects, the curriculum is not well planned and sequenced.

Some teachers do not assess precisely enough what pupils know and remember. Some pupils do not build up their knowledge and skills as they move through the school. Leaders should review their curriculum plans.

The revised curriculum plans should identify what pupils are expected to learn and remember, and how this will be checked, for each year group. . Phonics is not taught well enough in the Reception Year.

Too many children struggle to blend phonemes. Leaders should ensure that children start learning phonics as soon as they join the Reception Year. Teachers should consistently teach phonics in line with the school's policy.

They must check that children have reading books that match their phonics knowledge. . Leaders do not ensure that weaker readers have enough opportunities to practise and develop their reading skills.

As a result, some pupils in key stage 2, including pupils with SEND, do not read as well as they should. Teachers should ensure that they adhere to leaders' expectations and teach reading in line with these. Pupils who fall behind should be given further support so that they become fluent and confident readers.

Also at this postcode
K and C Kids Cabin Ltd - Snarestone Evergreen Lodge Nursery and Preschool Limited

  Compare to
nearby schools