The Kirkby-on-Bain Church of England Primary School

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About The Kirkby-on-Bain Church of England Primary School

Name The Kirkby-on-Bain Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Georgina Day
Address Wharf Lane, Kirkby-on-Bain, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6YW
Phone Number 01526352715
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 122
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils and staff are rightfully proud of this school.

They live out the school's values of 'love, respect, trust, friendship, forgiveness, hope and peace'. Pupils are cared for very well. They are happy and safe.

The school builds trusting and respectful relationships with pupils. Pupils know that staff listen and help. Pupils share any worries with trusted adults.

The school nurtures pupils' positive attitudes. Pupils want to be at school. Most attend every day.

They get on with, and support, one another.

The school sets high expectations of pupils' learning. Pupils work positively in a calm and friendly environment.

They apply the...mselves well. They take pride in their work and achievements. Pupils learn and are successful.

Pupils gain from exceptional personal development provision. The school builds pupils' confidence, character and independence. Pupils have many opportunities for leadership roles.

Older pupils relish being buddies to younger peers. Pupils have many positive memories to recall and cherish.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school.

One parent, echoing the views of many, stated: 'The school is a nurturing, calm environment with happy, friendly, beautifully mannered children. It sets high standards and instils values of kindness, support and friendship.'

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

Pupils experience a broad and ambitious curriculum.

The school ensures that the breadth of the curriculum extends beyond the expectations of the national curriculum. For example, younger pupils learn French. Demanding subject curriculums identify what pupils need to know and when.

These curriculums enable pupils to build and revisit learning logically over time. The English and mathematics curriculums are particularly ambitious. Other subject curriculums are also well thought through.

For example, in history, pupils gain a strong appreciation of local history. In art, pupils creatively explore and record their observations using different materials.

Teachers have good subject knowledge.

They use questions well to check pupils' learning. Staff provide clear explanations. Resources are used effectively.

The school pairs subject learning with a 'continuous provision' curriculum for pupils aged five to seven years old. These pupils gain independence, confidence and resilience through these daily sessions. However, some aspects of this provision are not sufficiently ambitious or demanding for all pupils.

The school ensures that the curriculum is as ambitious for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) as it is for other pupils. Staff identify these pupils' needs effectively. They support pupils with SEND in different ways.

Teachers adapt their teaching, thereby enabling all pupils to learn well.

The school has embedded a strong culture of reading. Children in Reception get off to a swift start in learning to read.

The school's own phonics programme successfully builds pupils' knowledge and skills over time. Staff are trained and use resources well. They check pupils' learning and help them to keep up.

Pupils become fluent readers. They are introduced to a range of literature and texts. The school nurtures pupils' love of reading.

Children quickly settle, and enjoy Reception. They are given many positive opportunities and experiences. Interactions with adults are engaging and purposeful, and help develop children's communication and language skills.

Staff support children's personal, social and emotional development well. The school ensures that children gain from structured, teacher-led sessions, for example in number work. They also learn through play.

Staff's high expectations are seen in well-established routines.

Pupils' behaviour is respectful and positive. Most pupils meet the school's high expectations.

Learning is rarely disrupted by poor behaviour. The school's approach to improving behaviour is effective.

Opportunities for pupils' personal development are outstanding.

Staff underpin the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum with the school's values. Staff enable pupils to learn about age-appropriate relationships and sex education, healthy living and how to be safe. There is a strong focus on developing pupils' oracy and self-confidence.

Pupils learn to value equality and diversity. They deepen their understanding of right and wrong. They are actively involved in the community and are very well prepared for life in modern Britain.

Pupils enjoy a wide range of trips and visits that enrich their learning.

All leaders, including governors, lead with a strong moral purpose. This leadership underpins the school's many strengths.

Leaders promote staff's welfare and well-being. Staff are dedicated to, and are very proud to be part of, the school. They recognise the school to be a supportive 'family'.

The school engages well with parents. Staff help parents understand their children's learning, for example through sharing the school's approach to reading and nurturing pupils' love of reading.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The school has not ensured that the continuous provision in key stage 1 is sufficiently ambitious for all pupils. As a result, some pupils do not consolidate and extend their learning as well as they could. The school needs to ensure that all pupils gain from a suitably ambitious curriculum, thus enabling all pupils to know, remember and do more.

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