St Swithun’s Church of England Primary Academy

Name St Swithun’s Church of England Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 March 2015
Address Grove Street, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6LD
Phone Number 01777702043
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 117 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.1
Academy Sponsor Diocese Of Southwell And Nottingham Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 22.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average primary school. Most pupils are White British and a very small number speak English as an additional language. More pupils than in most schools join and leave the school during term time. The majority of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which is much higher than in most schools. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Children of Nursery age attend part time and those of Reception age attend full time. Since the last inspection, the leadership team has been strengthened and a new early years leader was appointed in September 2012. There has been a significant turnover of staff with a reduction in the number of teachers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Senior leaders and governors are providing good leadership, which has led to good improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement since the last inspection. The school is continuing to improve. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, including their understanding of British values, is good. Pupils’ behaviour throughout the school is good. They enjoy coming to school and have good attitudes to learning, which is reflected in pupils’ improved attendance and punctuality. Teachers make good use of resources and plan interesting activities which motivate pupils. Teachers ask challenging questions which probe pupils’ thinking and deepen their understanding. Pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics across the school. Attainment is rising and pupils’ achievement is good. Pupils’ attainment rose sharply in 2014 from below average to above average. Pupils who left Year 6 in 2014 made good progress and were well prepared for secondary education. Disadvantaged pupils make good progress in all subjects. The gap in their attainment compared to other pupils nationally and their classmates is narrowing. Good leadership and good teaching in the early years provision ensure children make good progress in all areas of learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally teachers set tasks that pupils find too difficult or too easy. Teaching assistants are not always deployed well enough to promote pupils’ learning.