Stephen Freeman Community Primary School

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About Stephen Freeman Community Primary School

Name Stephen Freeman Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Jessica Lewis
Address Freeman Road, Didcot, OX11 7BZ
Phone Number 01235814718
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 451
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have ensured that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good.

Consequently, pupils are now making better progress in many areas of the curriculum. Leaders have revised the teaching of reading, writing and mathematics. These new approaches are proving effective in extending pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding.

Consequently, pupils' progress in English and mathematics is now good after the decline in progress and attainment in 2018. Children achieve well in Reception and Nursery. Through well-structured activities, children develop strong communication skills alongside knowledge about the world they inhabit..../>
Pupils enjoy learning and are intellectually curious about the subjects they study. Most pupils are attentive, conscientious and diligent. The school's work to promote the development of pupils' personal development and welfare is good.

Pupils are well cared for and are supportive of the needs of their peers. Disadvantaged pupils currently make good progress in many areas of the curriculum. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive appropriate support to enable them to make good progress.

The curriculum prepares pupils well for life in 21st century Britain. Pupils learn about the importance of democracy, tolerance and free speech. The curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to develop their knowledge of a range of subjects such as physical education (PE), music, art and science.

Governors challenge school leaders effectively. Following a period of turbulence, governors share the ambition of school leaders for the academic and social success of all pupils. Leaders and staff do not use the school's wealth of information about pupils to plan for all pupils to make advanced progress in English and mathematics.

Although leaders have identified gaps in pupils' knowledge about vocabulary and grammar, teachers do not help pupils to develop their language skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum. Although most pupils display exemplary attitudes towards learning, a few pupils' low-level disruptive behaviour is not addressed consistently well. As a result, these pupils do not achieve as well as other pupils.

Information about this school

The school is larger than most primary schools. The school operates a Nursery for five days a week. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium funding is above the national average.

The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. Most pupils are of White British heritage, with small numbers of pupils from a range of different ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils in receipt of education, health and care plans is above the national average.

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