St Chad’s Patchway CofE Primary School


Name St Chad’s Patchway CofE Primary School
Website http://www.stchadsprimaryschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 April 2015
Address Cranham Drive, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 6AQ
Phone Number 01454866523
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 230 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Local Authority South Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

St Chad’s Patchway Church of England Primary School is similar in size to the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils attending the school are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after) is below average. Children in the early years attend the school’s Reception class on a full-time basis. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school has experienced a significant amount of staff change since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher provides exemplary leadership and is ably supported by a skilled deputy and well-organised governing body. They have successfully steered the school through a significant period of change and improved the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection. High staff morale and close links with parents further support the strong drive for continued improvement. The staff of the school provide a stimulating range of activities and a high level of care and support that strongly promote the pupils’ spiritual moral, social and cultural development. The work of the school in keeping pupils safe and secure is outstanding. As a result, pupils feel very safe. Pupils’ attendance is above average. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent around the school. Their enthusiastic attitudes to learning significantly enhance their rapidly improving and now good progress. Staff and pupils share a strong sense of community that is strongly reflected in their very positive relationships and pupils’ great enjoyment of school. Teaching is good. Standards continue to rise as all pupils, especially the most able, are fully challenged by teachers’ consistently good questioning and guidance. Pupils’ achievement is good. Across the school, pupils are working at levels in reading, writing and mathematics that are higher than those expected for their age. In relation to their starting points, the pupils’ skills reflect good progress over time. Provision in the early years is outstanding. Consequently, children in the Reception class get off to an excellent start and are extremely well prepared for Year 1. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Exemplary practice by some teachers is not shared to best effect across the school to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ learning. At times, teachers do not deepen pupils’ understanding of basic mathematical concepts strongly enough and this weakens their ability to calculate and solve problems confidently. The pupils’ ability to spell words accurately is not always developed strongly enough as pupils progress through the school.