|Name||St Andrew’s CofE Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||04 March 2020|
|Address||Lockhart Road, Cobham, KT11 2AX|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||384 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.4|
|Academy Sponsor||Esher Learning Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||18.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||14.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||17.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection:
St Andrew’s CofE Primary School continues to be a good school.
What is it like to attend this school?
Pupils are very proud of their happy and welcoming school community. They enjoy how the diversity of pupils and adults means that they have so many opportunities to learn from one another. Pupils appreciate how staff nurture their individual interests. This helps them to develop their talents as artists, sports players and singers. The vast number of clubs and trips on offer mean that pupils are acquiring new skills, as well as creating many fond memories.
Everyone recognises that the expectations of what pupils can do and will achieve have increased over recent years. Pupils are rising to this challenge knowing that all staff want the very best for them. This can be seen in many examples such as their good behaviour, the descriptive writing in their books and the artwork on display.
Pupils feel safe here because they know adults always take such good care of them. The successful start that all children in Reception make is because of the careful attention given to meet the needs of all. While there may have been some incidents of bullying in the past, pupils trust adults to talk through the issues and to make sure they do not happen again.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders are determined to create an exciting curriculum that builds pupils’ knowledge and skills over time. They have already redesigned many subjects, including mathematics, reading and writing. These actions have led to increasing numbers of pupils achieving the national expectations and beyond at the end of key stage 2. Leaders acknowledge that this work must continue to fill any gaps in the knowledge of older pupils. This will ensure that all achieve well and are prepared for their secondary education.
The redevelopment of the curriculum now means that pupils can remember more of what they have learned and apply this to new learning. For example, in art, Year 5 pupils could compare their surrealist paintings in the style of Dali to the anatomical sketches of insects they drew when studying the work of Charles Darwin. There are now clear plans in place so that every subject is as thoughtfully and carefully planned.
Pupils and staff know the importance of reading. This begins in Reception where highly trained adults help children develop their phonic skills. Pupils who find reading more difficult read daily to a teacher or one of the school’s many volunteers. This helps them to be more fluent and to confidently sound out any difficult words they come across. Pupils throughout the school show a real love of the variety of books they explore. They enjoy taking part in activities, such as dressing up as book characters for World Book Day. Older pupils also feel these experiences are helping them to become better writers.
Leaders and staff look beyond the school gates to find opportunities for pupils to find out more about the topics they are learning. Visits to historical sites and the planetarium are supplemented by outside speakers who come in to talk to the pupils about their lives. Parents and carers are also invited to exhibitions where pupils proudly display their work.
This is an inclusive school that welcomes pupils who have complex special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Historically, not all pupils with SEND had appropriate provision that met their needs. Leaders robust actions have ensured this is no longer the case. Well-trained staff know these pupils well and make sure that they have the same meaningful learning opportunities as everyone else.
Children make a very good start in the early years. Staff know the children well and build positive relationships with their families. This means that learning opportunities are carefully planned to interest and excite the different children.
There is a consistent approach to promoting good behaviour that all staff know and apply. Learning in classrooms is focused and purposeful. Where required, leaders have worked tirelessly to get the right help for a small minority of pupils who have needed more guidance to improve their behaviour. This includes giving all staff the support they need to manage any difficulties that may occasionally arise.
Alongside their high expectations of pupils, leaders also believe in helping their staff to be the very best they can be. All staff receive high-quality training and use this daily in the classroom. They work hard but do this knowing their well-being is always considered by the co-headteachers and the Esher Learning Trust. This means that staff, as well as their pupils, are proud of their school and want to help in its continual improvement.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Leaders take the safeguarding of their pupils very seriously. Staff are resilient and determined in making sure that pupils and their families get the right support when needed. This includes help from local agencies. Record-keeping is meticulous and regularly reviewed to make sure no concerns are missed.
Pupils know that adults will listen to them if they have any concerns or worries. They can readily recollect specific lessons and visits by speakers about how to stay safe. This includes being safe when online and protecting their personal information.
What does the school need to do to improve?
(Information for the school and appropriate authority)
Most pupils are now achieving better than they did in the past. However, some older pupils have some gaps in their knowledge and understanding in reading and writing. This means that, while many pupils reach the national expectations in these subjects, some could have achieved even more. Leaders should ensure that the school builds upon the significant improvements in teaching and assessment that have already been made. This will help all pupils, whatever their ability, to be fully ready for the next stage of their education. . Some subjects are not as well developed as others. This means that pupils do not always build on their prior learning as strongly as they might. Leaders know this. Their actions to improve this have been effective so far, especially in subjects such as art and physical education. However, more needs to be done if the quality of education the school provides is to improve further.
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 a section 8 inspection of a good or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good, or standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.
This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the predecessor school, St Andrew’s CofE Primary School, to be good on 24–25 June 2014.