St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School, Ipswich

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About St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School, Ipswich

Name St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School, Ipswich
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Darren Gates
Address Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2AX
Phone Number 01473251614
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 415
Local Authority Suffolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are exceptionally well cared for at this school. Pupils' well-being is an integral part of the school's strong values.

Pupils say everyone is kind and staff help them with their work. Pupils enjoy learning. They are determined to achieve their best.

Many pupils make strong progress from their starting points.

Children make an outstanding start to their education in early years. They settle quickly into class routines and make exceptionally strong progress from the start.

Pupils' behaviour is good in class and around the school. Pupils know and follow the school's behaviour approach. The school is a calm and purposeful place for learning.
<>Pupils have lots of friends at school. Pupils from many different cultural and faith backgrounds get on well together. If someone is unkind, staff rapidly sort this out.

Pupils are confident to talk to staff if they are anxious or worried about anything.

Pupils enjoy a range of sports and other clubs. There are many curriculum-linked visits and visitors.

These enrich pupils' learning and promote their personal development effectively.

Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school. One parent sums up the views of many: 'My children love this school and are thriving here.'

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

The school has a well-designed, carefully sequenced curriculum. In most subjects, the school has selected the important knowledge pupils must learn so they are ready for the next stage in their education. Pupils make good progress in gaining understanding and developing their skills.

The school has a consistent approach to checking what pupils have learned in each lesson. Teachers use assessment well to build on pupils' prior learning.

In a few subjects, the school has not sufficiently considered all the specific learning requirements.

It has not organised the important knowledge that pupils need to remember. This means that pupils are less secure in using their knowledge and understanding more complex concepts.

The school has a strong understanding of the needs of pupils with special needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

In all classes, teachers make effective adaptations to learning activities. Pupils with SEND are included in lessons and work with their peers. The school works closely with external experts.

All pupils with SEND get the help and support they need. This helps them to make strong progress.

Reading is of the highest priority.

Children make excellent progress with learning phonics in Reception. Children who start early years with no knowledge of English make equally strong progress. Children start to read simple sentences very early on in the school year.

Effective phonics teaching means all pupils learn to read by the end of Year 3. Pupils who struggle with reading are determined to learn. Pupils develop a love of reading and books from the word go.

Older pupils read a wide range of books. They talk enthusiastically about the books they read. They challenge themselves to read different authors and types of books.

Pupils are polite and kind to each other. Pupils mostly listen attentively to their teachers and concentrate hard in lessons. Very occasionally, pupils are distracted.

However, they understand the consequences and, with a reminder, are quickly back on track. The school carefully monitors any behaviour incidents. The school works with pupils and parents to sort these out.

The majority of pupils attend school every day and arrive on time. There are cases where parents take extended holidays. The school works unstintingly with a range of agencies to make sure pupils attend every day.

The school prioritises pupils' personal development. The school's motto, 'whatever you do, do it with all your heart', is evident in how pupils approach their school life. Pupils learn to keep themselves safe online and in the local community.

Pupils benefit from the school's strong values and ethos, which are the foundation of all aspects of their personal development.

Children love learning in the early years. They listen with great interest to their teachers.

Learning activities are well designed and hold children's interest. Staff have high expectations for what all children can achieve. Children from many backgrounds learn and play well together.

Children are exceptionally well prepared for Year 1.

The school is effectively supported and suitably challenged by governors and by the trust. Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the school.

They have no concerns about workload. Staff value links with other local and trust schools and receive helpful professional development.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, the school has not fully considered all the specific learning requirements. It has not sequenced the important knowledge and skills that pupils need to gain proficiently, which means pupils do not make the progress they are capable of in these subjects. The school should review its curriculum plans in these subjects and ensure that all important knowledge is precisely identified and carefully sequenced, so that pupils build on their prior learning and make strong progress across the curriculum.

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