St Martin’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Fangfoss

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About St Martin’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Fangfoss

Name St Martin’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Fangfoss
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Headteacher Juliet Robinson
Address Fangfoss, York, YO41 5QG
Phone Number 01759368446
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101
Local Authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


St Martin's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Fangfoss continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders have created an inclusive environment for pupils. The school values of compassion, trust, responsibility and creativity are reflected in the actions of pupils and staff.

Relationships between adults and pupils are respectful. Pupils are welcoming to visitors. They express themselves confidently in conversations with adults.

Pupils behave well, and bullying is rare. Pupils understand the difference between bullying and other unkind behaviours. When bullying does happen, adults take appropriate steps to resolve it.

At s...ocial times, older pupils act as play leaders and support younger pupils to participate in activities. Adults listen to and act on any concerns that pupils might have. This helps pupils to feel safe in school.

Leaders enrich the curriculum with a range of extra-curricular visits and external speakers. Leaders plan these activities as part of subject curriculums. For example, pupils visit local places of worship to provide them with first-hand experiences as part of the religious education curriculum.

Pupils appreciate opportunities such as these and residential visits. Some pupils make use of the variety of clubs available. For example, pupils in the gardening club grow their own vegetables, which are then turned into dishes in the school kitchen.

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

Subject leaders have revised the curriculum in several subjects, including mathematics and science. They are ambitious about what they want pupils to know from the curriculum. Pupils achieve well in external assessments and are well prepared for their next steps in education.

Subject leaders understand how their subject builds from the early years to key stage 1. Leaders have the same high aspirations for all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Leaders recognise that there is more work to do to fully embed the curriculum in subjects where they have made recent changes.

Despite this, what pupils know from the curriculum has improved since these newer improvements were introduced.

In lessons, most pupils are attentive. Teachers explain new information clearly.

They check what pupils know before moving on to new content. Teachers use this information to inform their preparation for future lessons. This ensures that new learning builds on what pupils already know.

Teachers adapt their lessons effectively to support pupils within mixed-age classes. Leaders know that in some subjects, such as mathematics, this can be further refined to benefit pupils and to reduce staff workload.

The needs of pupils with SEND are well understood by leaders.

Teachers and parents are included when planning support for pupils with SEND. Teachers understand how to meet the needs of these pupils and do so effectively.

Leaders have established a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics.

Teachers have had training in how to deliver the school's phonics scheme. Pupils use their phonic knowledge to sound out and read unfamiliar words. Leaders encourage pupils to read widely for pleasure.

Pupils read books that match the sounds they know, both in school and at home, to improve their fluency and accuracy. Teachers read daily to their class. This enhances pupils' enjoyment of reading.

The texts chosen by leaders highlight social and cultural issues or make links to what pupils are studying in their lessons.

Children in the early years are well supported. Adults working with children are clear about how activities link with the intended curriculum.

Communication and language are at the centre of the curriculum. Adults model and promote the correct use of vocabulary. They develop children's vocabulary through high-quality questioning.

Children respond positively to adults' questions by, for example, using the correct mathematical language when learning about shapes. Children sustain their concentration when completing activities. Adults support them effectively to learn to take turns and work collaboratively.

Children are well prepared for their transition to key stage 1.

Leaders have sought to maintain as varied an enrichment offer as possible for pupils. Pupils take part in a wide range of extra-curricular visits.

Subject leaders seek opportunities to include enrichment within the curriculum. For example, pupils take part in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics week to showcase these subjects. Pupils in leadership roles, such as eco-warriors and student council members, are proud of their roles in the school.

Many members of the governing body are new to their roles. They work effectively with leaders and share their vision for the school. Governors understand the school's strengths and ongoing areas for development.

In some aspects of the school's improvement, leaders and governors have not identified the milestones by which they will measure their success. This sometimes limits governors' ability to provide greater support and scrutiny.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders are knowledgeable about pupils at the school. Safeguarding leaders are well trained. They provide effective support and training for other adults.

Leaders understand the potential risks that pupils may face. They make adaptations to the curriculum to reflect this. For example, pupils have a sound understanding of road safety.

Leaders prioritised this content because of the busy road near the school.

Staff know how to recognise the possible signs of harm to a pupil. Staff understand how to report a concern about a pupil's welfare and do this promptly.

Leaders keep thorough records of their actions to safeguard pupils. Leaders make appropriate pre-employment checks on adults.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some aspects of their school improvement work, leaders have not identified the short- and long-term success criteria that they will use to measure the impact of their actions.

This limits the ability of leaders, including new governors, to hold themselves to account or to identify when a strategy is not successful. Leaders should ensure that they clearly define how they will check whether a new initiative is having the impact they intend.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually, this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in November 2014.

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