St Paul’s CofE Primary School

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About St Paul’s CofE Primary School

Name St Paul’s CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Louise Kaye
Address School Lane, Addlestone, KT15 1TD
Phone Number 01932848528
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 410
Local Authority Surrey
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The Christian ethos and associated 'FAITH' values sit at the heart of this school. As one parent said, 'The children leave St Paul's having been taught a good set of values which sets them up well for life.'

Pupils understand that these principles of friendship, achievement, integrity, trust and honesty make their school a safe and welcoming place with high expectations for learning. They rise to these expectations in the way they engage in their lessons and show resilience in their learning. Pupils achieve well across the curriculum.

Most pupils behave well around the school. They understand how staff help them to recognise their emotions and give them strategies to... behave well. Pupils who need additional support regarding their behaviour receive it in a personalised approach.

Pupils know that leaders take any reported incidences of bullying seriously and take swift action to address them.

Families appreciate their frequent interactions with school life. Parents regularly receive information about how they can support and celebrate their children's learning through workshops, online learning platforms and invitations to school.

Events such as reading cafés and choir performances are eagerly anticipated and well attended.

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

Children in Reception get off to an extremely strong start in their first year at school. Leaders make sure that the early years environment supports learning in all areas, as well as responding to children's interests.

There is a clear and unrelenting focus on what children need to learn. Children are well supported in learning how to read and in developing their early mathematical knowledge. They achieve well and are keen to share their success.

All staff diligently promote the use of appropriate language and vocabulary by modelling and encouraging conversation. As a result, children demonstrate exceptionally high levels of engagement and concentration. They are excited by school and greet every activity with an abundance of enthusiasm.

Leaders ensure that this strong start to school continues through an engaging and relevant curriculum. There is a clear ambition for all pupils to succeed, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Across the school, teachers have strong subject knowledge.

They use this knowledge, and support from leaders, to accurately identify pupils who need additional support quickly and effectively. Links between subjects and within subjects are made explicit. As a result, pupils understand what they have learned previously and apply it in their current lessons.

The school-wide environment is designed to support pupils' learning. Pupils use their working walls to remind them about strategies and previous learning. Teachers frequently use high-quality resources to support and consolidate pupils' learning.

However, this is not always as effective in mathematics for older pupils, particularly those with SEND.

Reading is prioritised across the curriculum. Staff are skilled at teaching reading using a phonics-based approach.

This means that pupils use their phonics strategies well to read books that appropriately match the sounds they know. Pupils become fluent and confident readers as they progress through the school. Class texts are carefully chosen to promote a love of reading and to represent a range of cultural diversity.

Pupils are encouraged to be ambitious in their reading choices. For example, recent English work for older pupils has included texts linked to Shakespeare and Homer.

Pupils' moral and cultural development is well considered.

They are provided with many opportunities to express their views and engage in reasoned debate. Pupils show a highly developed understanding of the importance of human rights. They actively reflect on their own opportunities and how this compares with others.

They show appropriate curiosity and empathy. Pupils value their varied opportunities for leadership roles, including in the pupil parliament and as prefects. They wear their pin badges with pride and describe the impact of their actions.

Many pupils enjoy attending the school's extra-curricular clubs. However, some groups of pupils are not well represented in this club offer.

Governors routinely examine the impact of leaders' actions on pupils' learning and well-being for all.

Staff engage well with the professional development opportunities made available to them by the trust and school leaders. They appreciate the consideration given to their well-being and workload. This includes early career teachers who feel well supported by their mentors and development programme.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders create a strong safeguarding culture. Well-trained staff know how to identify and report any concerns.

Leaders appropriately refer these concerns to other agencies when necessary. The school's family support worker and pastoral team provide an effective additional layer of support. Pupils know they can talk to staff if they have any worries.

Through their 'Junior Citizen' work they also understand how other professionals can help them, including the police and fire service. The trustees and governing body are knowledgeable about their responsibilities in terms of safeguarding. They routinely monitor the effectiveness of the school's procedures.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Older pupils do not routinely have access to a range of appropriate mathematical resources. This hinders their mathematical understanding. Leaders should ensure that teachers in key stage 2 understand how to best support pupils' development of efficient calculation methods.

• Low numbers of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND attend the school's extra-curricular clubs. As a result, these pupils are not consistently benefiting from wider development opportunities. Leaders should identify and address the potential barriers to participation for these groups of pupils.

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