|Name||St George’s Church of England (VA) Infant and Nursery School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||Jackets Lane, Northam, Bideford, EX39 1HT|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||193 (48.2% boys 51.8% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||19.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||22.7%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (15 July 2015)
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Information about this school
St George’s is a slightly above average-sized infant school. The Nursery has 70 part-time places for children aged between three and four. A small number of these children attend all day and most children attend part time. There are also two Reception classes in the early years provision and these children attend full time. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds or who speak English as an additional language is much lower than that found nationally. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. These are pupils known to be eligible for additional support through the pupil premium. This is additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. An above average number of pupils have special educational needs. There have been several staff changes since the last inspection in 2010. A new headteacher was appointed in January 2011 and a new deputy headteacher joined the school in September 2013. Four new teachers, including a part time Reading Recovery teacher, were appointed from September 2012. In June 2013, the school became part of a cooperative trust working with seven other schools and a partner school. The school is federating with a local junior school in September 2015.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The headteacher is a calm, determined and inspirational leader. Together with the deputy headteacher, she provides a very clear and ambitious vision for the school. The experienced and highly committed governors provide strong support. They visit regularly and have a robust understanding of the school’s performance. Senior and middle leaders share the high aspirations of the headteacher and carefully check and oversee pupils’ progress. This has resulted in good achievement, especially in reading and mathematics. Children make a good start to their education in the early years. They achieve well and become confident learners. They are well prepared for learning in Year 1. The majority of parents are very happy with what the school provides. They feel that their children are taught well, make good progress and are kept very safe. Inspection findings support parents’ views. Pupils’ good progress is a result of good teaching. Staff work closely together and have good relationships with pupils. They have high expectations for pupils’ work and behaviour. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. British values are successfully conveyed through the exciting curriculum. This prepares pupils effectively for the next stage in their education and life in modern Britain. The provision for disabled children and those who have special educational needs is of a good quality. Parents are very appreciative of the way in which staff tenderly support children with complex needs. Pupils attend regularly and behave exceptionally well. They love learning and are very keen to do their best. They are very polite and treat each other with considerable friendliness and kindness. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ skills in writing are not always developed effectively, so standards are not as high as those seen in reading and mathematics.