|Name||The Billinghay Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||31 January 2012|
|Address||Fen Road, Billinghay, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN4 4HU|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||168 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||25%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||4.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is above average. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is also above average. The school meets the current floor standard, whereby the government sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. It has recently gained national Healthy Schools status and the International Schools award. It provides care before and after school.
The school is good. Parents and carers are right to believe this is a school where their children are safe, happy and successful in developing their personal as well as academic skills. One parent or carer, typical of many, commented, ‘This is a place where children do very well in all areas of development and leave very well prepared for the future.’ Children make a good start in the Nursery and Reception classes. They settle quickly, enjoy school and make good progress in all areas of learning. They develop their reading and number skills particularly well. By the end of Key Stage 2, attainment is above average in mathematics and English. This represents good progress from pupils’ starting points. In English, while pupils read very well, their progress in writing is slower in some classes than others. This is because not all teachers leave pupils enough time to write, and sometimes accept writing in science and topic work that is not as good as their work in English lessons. The good teaching is a key reason for the school’s success. Pupils say how much teachers make learning fun by using exciting resources and technology to bring subjects to life. The work is, for the most part, challenging, although occasionally there is too little to stretch the more-able pupils. The good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development shows in the way they think deeply about the world around them and develop a clear sense of right and wrong. The school has made rapid progress since the last inspection because of the way the headteacher and senior staff identify weaknesses and rectify them. This has led to big improvements, particularly in standards in English and mathematics.