|Name||St Mary and St John CofE VA Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||28 January 2014|
|Address||Church Street, North Luffenham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8JR|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||192 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||3.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are White British. While the school has a small but significant number of 21 pupils from forces families, the proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional government funding for pupils who are looked after by the local authority, known to be eligible for free school meals or from families with a parent in the armed forces is lower than average. Very few pupils are entitled to free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported by school action is below average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school manages its own breakfast and after-school clubs. There is a pre-school on site registered with Rutland County Council. The headteacher began her duties in September 2013. This followed a year when an interim headteacher had led the school.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The school has tackled the weaknesses identified by the last inspection with success. Under the highly effective leadership of both the interim and the new headteacher, the strong staff team have worked together to raise the achievement of pupils. Teaching is kept under close review by leaders and best practice is willingly shared. Good and sometimes outstanding teaching helps the pupils make rapid progress, particularly in reading. Pupils’ attainment is above average in reading, writing and mathematics. The children get off to a flying start in the Early Years Foundation Stage and benefit from expert teaching and stimulating activities. The school makes a good contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They concentrate on their work and respond positively to the lively and interesting teaching. The school has thorough arrangements to keep pupils as safe as possible and pupils have an accurate knowledge of how to keep themselves safe, too. Governors have guided the school through a period of significant change very skilfully and are determined to secure the school’s continuing successful future. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress in writing is not as rapid as in reading and mathematics. Some staff lack experience in using a new process for assessing writing which has recently been introduced into the school. Subject leaders have started to undertake a full range of recently introduced checks on teaching and learning. This needs developing further so that it becomes part of normal school practice.