St John’s CofE Primary School

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About St John’s CofE Primary School

Name St John’s CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Sarah Stone
Address Mill Lane, Wetley Rocks, Wetley Rocks, Stoke-on-Trent, ST9 0BN
Phone Number 01782550309
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 179
Local Authority Staffordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Children get off to a great start at St John's CofE Primary School. They quickly adopt orderly routines and become very keen to learn.

The school has high expectations of all its pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils go on to make strong progress through a broad curriculum, so that they are well prepared for the next stage in their education.

Pupils are proud of their school, and in particular the new library.

They are well-mannered and treat each other and adults with respect. They love the rewards on offer such as those for reading. At social times, pupils play happily together.

Disruption to less...ons is rare. The school is a calm and purposeful environment.

The school takes good care of pupils' mental and physical health.

Pupils know they can always talk to an adult or use a 'worry box' to report a concern.

From the outset, pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves. They become independent and articulate.

The school provides good opportunities for pupils to lead and support others. These opportunities include older pupils reading to younger children or acting as their advocates. Pupils have a real sense of how they contribute to the school's success.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The curriculum is ambitious and flows smoothly from one key stage into the next. Pupils study all the subjects in the national curriculum. Leaders at all levels have precisely identified the right knowledge for pupils to learn and the best order for teaching it.

In the early years, the curriculum is exceptional, and every activity is a learning opportunity.

Teachers have secure subject knowledge. They make sure that pupils understand and use the correct vocabulary.

For example, in science, Year 3 pupils name the different types of rocks. Across the school, teachers generally choose the right activities and resources to help pupils to learn and to remember key knowledge in the longer term. They check on pupils' understanding.

However, on occasions, these checks do not identify pupils' misconceptions accurately enough.

The school prioritises reading. From the early years onwards, pupils follow a programme that teaches them about letters and their sounds in an effective sequence.

They practise reading in books that are well-matched to their abilities. Staff are highly skilled and provide effective support for any pupils at risk of falling behind. Across the school, pupils read widely, including non-fiction texts and a range of poetry.

They quickly become confident and enthusiastic readers.

The school has effectively identified the needs of pupils with SEND. It makes sure that teachers know how best to meet these additional needs.

As a result, pupils with SEND learn the full curriculum and learn well.There are high expectations for behaviour. Pupils quickly adopt sensible routines.

The start of the school day provides a calm and smooth pathway into lessons. In the early years, staff have enacted new lunchtime arrangements. As a result, children have developed excellent social behaviour and learned more about healthy eating.

In lessons, pupils are keen to learn and concentrate well. The school provides effective support for those pupils with additional behaviour needs.

Pupils enjoy warm relationships with adults and with their peers.

They learn to take responsibility and to care for one another. This starts in the early years. Children can be seen to show acts of kindness such as fetching a pencil for a friend when theirs was broken.

Older pupils understand the importance and the satisfaction of listening to younger pupils read. Through the school council, pupils come to understand the importance of respecting differing opinions and something about democracy.

Pupils follow a planned programme of personal, social and health education .

This teaches pupils about healthy relationships and how to keep themselves safe. They learn about different cultures in the texts that teachers choose and in religious education. Many pupils enjoy a range of extra-curricular clubs.

This is an inclusive school, with a strong commitment to all its pupils. The school works effectively with parents, for example to involve them in their children's reading. Challenge and practical support for parents have contributed to raising the rate of pupils' attendance, which is now above the national average.

The staff work well together. However, in recent times, there has been little opportunity to ensure that subject leaders have all the skills and time to check on how the curriculum is working in the classroom. Leaders have provided effective support for inexperienced teachers joining the school.

Staff are happy and motivated.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Subject leaders have had limited opportunities to monitor their subject.

As a result, they have not been able to evaluate it and address any minor inconsistencies in practice. The school should ensure that subject leaders are supported to monitor and evaluate the curriculum in a way that strengthens consistent practice and provides any further guidance to staff that may be required. Approaches to checks on what pupils have learned are used inconsistently.

Teachers do not identify misconceptions as quickly and accurately as they might do. This means pupils repeat the same mistakes or are left with some misunderstandings. The school should make sure that all staff consistently identify and promptly address pupils' errors and misconceptions.

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