St Nicholas CofE Primary

Name St Nicholas CofE Primary
Ofsted Inspections
Address St Faith’s Road, Alcester, B49 6AG
Phone Number 01789762578
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 406 (47.8% boys 52.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.8
Academy Sponsor Arden Forest C Of E Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Warwickshire
Percentage Free School Meals 20.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.9%
Persistent Absence 3.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.2%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about the school

St Nicholas’ CofE Primary School is larger than the average primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is similar to the national average. Most pupils are White British but a very small minority come from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds.

The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average and none are in the early stages of learning to speak English. The proportion of disabled pupils or those with special educational needs, including those with a statement of educational needs, is similar to other schools. The school meets the current floor standard set by the government, which determines the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

A children’s centre and independent nursery provision operate from the same building, but they are not run by the governing body and were not included in the inspection.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. At the time of its previous inspection the school was judged to be good with some outstanding features.

Since then, standards have risen and they are now high across a wide range of subjects. Pupils make excellent progress. Pupils achieve exceptionally well at all key stages.

From starting points on entry that are below those expected for their age, pupils reach standards that are high by the end of Year 6. Pupils of all abilities make the same excellent progress. The outstanding curriculum provides many well-planned opportunities for pupils to excel.

Pupils behave exceptionally well in lessons and around school, and this makes a significant contribution to their learning. The school is very effective in minimising the impact of any inappropriate behaviour on the learning of other pupils. Pupils rise to challenge very well, apply themselves fully in lessons and show great initiative.

Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils are safe in school. They gain a good understanding of how to stay safe and are confident in asking for support when needed.

The quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers make learning interesting and engage pupils very well. Activities are challenging for pupils at all levels of attainment and firmly based on prior learning so that all pupils are given excellent opportunities to develop and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects.

The headteacher and leadership team provide highly-focused leadership. Their robust systems to raise the quality of teaching and learning have been highly effective in developing teachers’ professional skills to a high level of competence, and this has been a key driving factor in pupils’ improving performance. Some formal school policies are due to be updated.