St Matthew’s CofE Aided Infant School, Cobham

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St Matthew’s CofE Aided Infant School, Cobham

Name St Matthew’s CofE Aided Infant School, Cobham
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Downside, Cobham, KT11 3NA
Phone Number 01932863212
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 84 (35.7% boys 64.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 4.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (15 October 2013)
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Information about this school

This is a much smaller than average-sized infant school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium funding (additional government funding given to the school for specific groups of pupils including those known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority) is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils on the register of special educational needs at school action is broadly average and the proportion at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The headteacher became a local leader of education this year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils make outstanding progress enabling them to reach above average attainment by the end of Year 2 in reading, writing and mathematics. Sensitive and well-targeted support for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs helps them to learn exceptionally well. Inspirational teaching motivates pupils so that they are very excited about learning new things and are rarely absent. Teachers provide work that is just right for pupils of differing ability, including the more able. Very occasionally, they do not check up on pupils who are working independently and adapt their tasks so that they maximise learning during a lesson. Pupils behave very well and their attitudes towards learning are exemplary. They take part in all activities with great willingness and total concentration. Pupils are very polite and friendly and enjoy helping each other at playtime and when working in class. They feel very safe at school. Leadership is of an exceptionally high standard and the headteacher successfully guides other leaders in identifying the next steps needed to develop the school even further. The leadership and management of teaching, including by governors, are highly effective and have led to ongoing improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement since the last inspection. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted fully at all times so that pupils gain a deep understanding of how to be a responsible young citizen. Governors have a clear picture of how well the school is doing and consequently are able to offer the right level of challenge and support to help its journey of improvement. The curriculum is varied and exciting. Wider opportunities for pupils to make choices about how they use their learning in literacy and numeracy to support work in other subjects are being developed. Parents and carers are delighted with the work of the school and are impressed with the quality of information and support they receive.