Swaffham CofE VC Infant & Nursery School

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Swaffham CofE VC Infant & Nursery School

Name Swaffham CofE VC Infant & Nursery School
Website http://www.swaffham.norfolk.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 February 2017
Address White Cross Road, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7RF
Phone Number 01760721357
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 23.7%
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

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Swaffham Church of England Infant School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Children in the Nursery classes attend part-time. Children in the Reception classes attend full-time. Pupils are taught in two Year 1 classes and two Year 2 classes. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average compared to similar schools nationally. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above average. The school provides childcare at the start of the school day.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school School leaders have tackled the issues from the previous inspection. Consequently, teaching and outcomes have improved and are now good. The headteacher challenges staff to get the best from their pupils. She provides appropriate support and training to help teachers in their work. Expectations of what pupils can achieve are not consistently high enough. Pupils make good progress over time but, due to their often low starting points, some end the key stage below the age-related expectation. Leaders have a clear understanding of the areas which still need to improve. For example, some of the most able pupils could do even better in mathematics. Governance has improved since the last inspection. The governing body provides both effective support and challenge for leaders. Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge, which they use well to plan lessons that excite and motivate pupils to learn. The teaching of writing is particularly effective. The sports premium is used well to ensure that all pupils have many opportunities to participate in physical activities. It also supports staff training to strengthen their own ability to teach sport. Safeguarding is effective. Staff are knowledgeable about keeping children safe and good systems are in place to monitor and track concerns. Staff are trained well. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Staff have high expectations and pupils know how to respond well to the school rules. They enjoy the many rewards that encourage good behaviour. Parents are positive about the school. They value the caring nature of the staff and how approachable senior staff are, especially when pupils arrive at school in the mornings. Despite the proactive approach from school leaders, attendance of a few pupils, who are persistently absent, is still low. The children make good progress in the early years from relatively low starting points. The proportion of children reaching a good level of development is above average.