St Helen’s Church of England School

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St Helen’s Church of England School

Name St Helen’s Church of England School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
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Address Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP
Phone Number 01237475276
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210 (54.8% boys 45.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.8
Academy Sponsor Alumnis Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Devon
Percentage Free School Meals 3.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 5%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.2%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (29 January 2013)
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Information about this school

This school is smaller than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action and the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are below average. The large majority of pupils are White British and come from the surrounding area. The new headteacher took up the position in spring 2012. The school offers no alternative provision. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and attainment is above the national average by the time they leave in Year 6. Progress has accelerated since the last inspection so that it is now good in all year groups and in all subjects. Teaching is consistently good with some outstanding features, such as the way teachers motivate and interest pupils in their learning. Standards in reading are high because : reading skills are taught systematically and in interesting ways. Pupils are encouraged to read widely across a range of literature. Pupils’ outstanding behaviour makes a strong contribution to their effective learning in lessons. They enjoy taking on responsibilities such as friendship leaders. The leadership and management of the school, including governance, are good. The very effective headteacher has motivated staff so that they aspire to continually improve their practice. Systems for checking teachers’ work are extensive and thorough. These, together with carefully planned training activities for staff, have helped to improve the pupils’ learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching yet because sometimes the work does not allow pupils to explore ideas for themselves and evaluate their own learning. The curriculum does not provide sufficient opportunities for pupils to use new technology to enhance their learning.