|Name||St Nicholas Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Child Okeford|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||01 May 2014|
|Address||Station Road, Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8EL|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||155 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St Nicholas is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in six classes. Three of these have mixed year groups. Since the last inspection the governing body has appointed a new headteacher who has been in post for just over a year. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported through school action is similar to the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational need is above the national average. The proportion of pupils receiving extra support from the pupil premium funding (additional funding for pupils in the care of the local authority, for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or for pupils whose parents are in the armed forces) is low. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage and there are very few pupils who do not have English as their first language. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils make good progress and achieve well throughout the school. By the end of Year 6 standards are high, and an above-average proportion of pupils attain the higher levels in reading, writing and mathematics. Teaching is typically good. There is some outstanding teaching, for example in the Reception Class and Key Stage 2. The school provides good support for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, enabling them to make good progress from their different starting points. Marking is thorough and pupils understand what they need to do to improve their work. Pupils are polite and courteous. Behaviour around the school is good and pupils have positive attitudes to learning. The headteacher is a highly effective leader who works well with staff, parents and governors to maintain high standards. The governors are supportive and knowledgeable. They accurately prioritise what the school needs to do to improve further. The vast majority of parents and carers are very positive about the school, and the education given to their children. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Too few pupils in Key Stage 1 attain the higher levels in national assessments for writing and mathematics because the more able pupils are not always given work that stretches their abilities. The teaching of phonics (the linking of letters and sounds) is not consistently good.