Someries Infant School

Name Someries Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Someries Infant School, Wigmore Lane, Luton, LU2 8AH
Phone Number 01582414545
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 220 (53.2% boys 46.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Luton
Percentage Free School Meals 10%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.8%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (21 February 2017)
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information about the learning of the child outside the school environment that helps

teachers to plan activities to meet individual needs across all areas of learning. The teaching of phonics is of a high standard. All pupils make good progress from their starting points and the most able pupils, including the most able disadvantaged, make rapid progress. Many parents value the opportunity to attend the school’s phonics workshops so that they can support their children at home. The school provides ample information on the website and information packs so that parents are fully informed about how their child is taught. Children are able to apply their phonics skills in reading and writing. Children are excited to share their knowledge of ‘tricky’ words and offer sentences adding connectives and adjectives. Teaching focuses on ensuring that each lesson progresses children’s knowledge and their ability to apply the skills they have learned. As a result, children make good progress in reading and writing. Staff in the early years provision are highly skilled and use questioning to ascertain what children already know and to gauge their interests. Detailed observations are carried out across all areas of learning showing a wide range of teaching and learning activities. Children enjoy selecting photos and work to be displayed in the class’s ‘Floor Book’ which is shared with parents and visitors. Emergent writing at the beginning of the year evolves into fully phonetic sentences very quickly. Children chant enthusiastically when asked what a sentence needs and are quick to point out to the teacher that it needed a capital letter, spaces and a full stop for the words to be a sentence. Children’s work shows good progression in number. Children begin to test concepts by using a variety of resources to find things out. Children are encouraged to experiment and, as a result, they begin to build secure foundations to help them solve mathematical problems. Assessment is rigorous. The wealth of information gathered daily about children’s learning is collated and analysed well. Teachers are able to see the next steps for children in their learning and plan activities accordingly. Leaders are currently developing their work with pre-schools to ensure that the information the school receives about children entering Reception is as accurate as it can be. Children are happy and chatty. They feel safe and parents agree that children get off to a flying start. One parent commented, ‘my son has settled so well into Reception and has exceeded the progress we thought he would make’. School details Unique reference number 109583 Local authority Luton Inspection number 10023404 This inspection was carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. The inspection was also deemed a section 5 inspection under the same Act. Type of school Infant School category Maintained Age range of pupils 3 to 7 Gender of pupils Mixed Number of pupils on the school roll 214 Appropriate authority The governing body Chair Paula Murgatroyd Headteacher Jenny Meara Telephone number 01582 414545 Website Email address [email protected] Date of previous inspection 12–13 July 2012

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders are entirely committed to providing the best education for all pupils. Leaders meticulously monitor the progress of all groups of pupils ensuring that no pupil falls behind. The headteacher and deputy headteacher provide outstanding leadership. All staff, particularly newly qualified teachers, speak extremely highly of the support they receive. Systems for assessing pupils’ progress are thoroughly embedded into all aspects of teaching and learning. This ensures that pupils, particularly the most able, are challenged well to make exceptional progress from their starting points. All subject leaders make a significant impact on improving the outcomes in their subjects. Those new to the role are currently working to refine their assessments. The teaching of phonics is of a high quality. Phonics attainment at the end of Year 1 continues to be above the national average. By the end of Year 2, the proportion of pupils attaining at the higher level in reading, writing and mathematics is significantly above that of pupils of the same age nationally. Staff model the school’s strong ethos of high expectations well. Pupils behave impeccably in and out of lessons. Their enthusiasm for learning is testament to the high-quality teaching they receive. Teaching assistants are extremely effective. They are highly skilled and have a positive impact on the outcomes of all pupils. The curriculum is broad and inspiring. Pupils are taught a wide range of skills across all subject areas and take part in high-quality experiences that support and deepen their learning. The early years environment is stimulating and exciting. Children get off to a flying start. A higher than national proportion of pupils achieve a good level of development, which prepares children well for Year 1. The accuracy of the information about children when they join the early years classes is a current area for development. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of pupils’ development are exemplary. The school’s values shine through all aspects of school life.