St John’s Primary School

Name St John’s Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 23 January 2014
Address Pendleton Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6QG
Phone Number 01737763804
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 265 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Academy Sponsor Greensand Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.1%
Persisitent Absence 2.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St John’s Primary School is an average-sized primary school. There are currently two classes in Year 1, reflecting a bulge in pupil numbers locally. There is one class in each of the other years. The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those with a parent in the armed services) is low. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment in reading, writing and mathematics. The school accommodates a private nursery school. This is managed and inspected separately. The school offers a daily breakfast club which was reviewed as part of the current inspection. The headteacher and the deputy headteacher both joined the school in 2011. Most of the teaching staff have joined the school within the last two years.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Standards at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 are above those usually seen in most schools. Pupils’ writing is a strength of the school. Pupils make good and often outstanding progress. Despite a slight dip in 2013, overall trends of improvement, both in lessons and pupils’ work, are at least good. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress in developing their early learning skills as a result of good teaching. Pupils enjoy school and feel extremely safe. Behaviour and attitudes to learning are outstanding. Teaching is frequently good, with some that is outstanding. Previous weaker practice has been eliminated. Pupils supported by the pupil premium funding make good progress. Provision for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, and the progress they make, are good. Leadership is outstanding. Governors, senior leaders and managers are relentless in their efforts to improve teaching, achievement and opportunities for pupils. Governors are highly knowledgeable and effective. They provide a high level of informed challenge to school leaders in relation to standards and pupils’ progress. Current revisions to the curriculum are providing an increasingly wide range of experiences which successfully engage and motivate pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make as consistently rapid progress in mathematics as in reading or writing. Staff do not all have a sufficiently good awareness of the progressive development of mathematical knowledge and skills. Despite the richness of pupils’ experiences, there is a lack of high-quality written work to reflect the extent of pupils’ learning, or to further develop literacy and numeracy skills, in science, history and geography.