|Name||St Giles’ CofE (Aided) Infant School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Dene Road, Ashtead, KT21 1EA|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||87 (52.9% boys 47.1% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||8.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.3%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (20 January 2016)
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Information about this school
St Giles’ Church of England Infant School is a smaller than average size school. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who come from minority ethnic groups is low. The proportion of pupils for whom English is not believed to be their first language is below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is below the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below the national average. All the children in the early years are taught together in one class, while pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 are taught in mixed-age classes.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Since the previous inspection, the headteacher, senior teachers and governors have relentlessly focused on improving teaching and pupils’ outcomes. As a result of their very effective actions, teaching, learning and assessment and achievement have significantly improved and are now outstanding. From their starting points, pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs, make rapid progress in their learning. Pupils achieve exceptionally high levels of attainment in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 2. Teachers use their information from assessing pupils highly effectively, so that work is challenging and matched precisely to pupils’ varying needs. Lessons are continually adapted to ensure that pupils fully understand their learning. Pupils’ personal development is at the heart of all that the school does. This is reflected in high-quality care for the pupils, which ensures they feel very safe. Pupils enjoy their lessons; their learning genuinely excites them. They form excellent relationships with their teachers, behave impeccably well and work hard to improve their work as a result. The innovative curriculum captures pupils’ interests and fires their imagination. It is extremely engaging. Consequently, pupils demonstrate outstanding attitudes to learning. Governors know the school very well. They have rightly focused on making sure that all pupils, regardless of ability, achieve the very best that they can. The school successfully promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, reflecting the school’s strong Christian ethos. Parents show high levels of support for the school. As a result of effective leadership, provision in the early years is improving securely. Children’s learning gets off to a good start due to good teaching. However, early years provision is not yet outstanding. Opportunities to develop children’s learning through activities which they can choose for themselves are still not fully developed.