St Andrew’s CofE Primary School

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About St Andrew’s CofE Primary School

Name St Andrew’s CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Head Teacher Mrs Steph Burgoyne
Address Hopton Lane, Nesscliffe, Shrewsbury, SY4 1DB
Phone Number 01743741331
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 78
Local Authority Shropshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


There has been no change to this school's overall judgement of good as a result of this ungraded (section 8) inspection.

However, the evidence gathered suggests that the inspection grade might not be as high if a graded (section 5) inspection were carried out now. The next inspection will therefore be a graded inspection.

What is it like to attend this school?

St Andrew's CofE Primary School is a small, nurturing community where all pupils are welcomed and valued.

Leaders provide pupils with many different experiences, clubs and visits. These help pupils to develop interests and broaden their knowledge of the wider world. Pupils love coming to school and are proud of their... achievements.

Leaders expect pupils to behave in school. All staff help pupils to know and follow the school rules of being respectful, ready and safe. As a result, pupils behave well.

Lessons are very rarely disrupted. Pupils enjoy learning about different faiths and cultures, which helps them to respect each other. If bullying happens, pupils tell a member of staff and it is dealt with quickly.

Pupils feel safe in school and can talk to staff if they are worried.

Leaders are ambitious for all pupils. However, in some subjects, it is not clear what should be taught and when.

Leaders know what needs to improve and are taking action to make these improvements.

Some pupils are elected to be spiritualism ambassadors for the school. This term, to celebrate different cultures, these ambassadors have helped to arrange music and dance workshops in school.

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

Leaders provide clear leadership and guidance in the school. They are determined to develop a curriculum that is broad and ambitious for all pupils. For example, leaders have recently introduced a new approach to help pupils improve their writing skills.

This approach is already having a positive impact.

In some subjects, leaders have thought about the content of the curriculum so pupils build knowledge over time. However, in other subjects, leaders have not established these building blocks of knowledge that pupils need to know and remember at each stage of their learning.

As a result, in these subjects, some pupils do not know and remember more of their learning.

Teachers use assessment strategies to pinpoint any gaps in pupils' knowledge. They then plan additional teaching sessions to address these gaps.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in the main part of the school are supported well to follow the same curriculum as their peers. However, pupils in the SEND hub do not achieve as well as they could. This is because the curriculum is still under development.

There are limited assessment strategies to help staff to identify some of the more complex needs of pupils with SEND.

Reading is a whole-school priority. Teachers hear pupils read every day.

They ensure that all pupils learn to read well and develop a love of reading. Pupils really enjoy the books available for them to read in school. There are high-quality books in every classroom and in the library area.

Leaders have carefully thought about which books they want pupils to read each year. Leaders ensure that pupils experience reading and listening to a vast range of books. The phonics curriculum is clearly mapped out across the early years, key stage 1 and beyond if required.

As a result of training and support, teachers deliver the phonics programme consistently across the school.

Children in the Nursery are helped to develop their listening skills. Children start to learn about sounds in Nursery, and promptly begin to learn about phonics in Reception.

Staff identify children who already have some phonics knowledge and help them to build on this. Children also learn the school routines in the early years so that they are ready for key stage 1.

Leaders have planned a curriculum that extends beyond the academic subjects.

Pupils have extensive opportunities to develop their skills and interests. For example, there are weekly sporting, dance, drama and music clubs and tuition. Pupils also have the chance to contribute to school and community life.

Pupils in the school council helped the parish council decide on the new play equipment for the local park.

The staff team members fully support leaders' vision. They have begun to change their teaching approaches to realise this ambition.

They say that leaders are conscious of their workload and do all they can to support them.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders make sure that staff have the training that they need so that they can help to keep pupils safe.

They know the signs that could indicate that a pupil is at risk from harm. All staff understand their safeguarding responsibilities. Concerns are meticulously recorded and monitored by the designated safeguarding lead (DSL).

The DSL escalates concerns when needed.

Leaders have thought carefully about what pupils need to know to keep themselves safe. This is delivered through a well-planned curriculum.

For example, pupils learn about water safety because they live near a river.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders have not ensured that the curriculum in all subjects, including the early years foundation stage curriculum, clearly sets out the detail of what pupils need to know and remember at each stage of their learning. As a result, in some subjects, pupils are not consistently helped to know and remember more.

Leaders should ensure that they identify the important building blocks of learning that pupils need to know and remember at each stage of their learning. ? Leaders have not constructed a curriculum for pupils with SEND who attend the school's specialist hub. They have not yet decided what they want pupils to know or the sequence in which they will learn this.

As a result, these pupils do not achieve as well as they could. Leaders must decide what they want these pupils to know and learn and design a curriculum to achieve this.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in September 2017.

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