The Spinney Primary School

Name The Spinney Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 December 2008
Address Hayster Drive, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 9PB
Phone Number 01223568836
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 211 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 4.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 46.9%
Persisitent Absence 2.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Description of the school

The Spinney is an average sized primary school that is much over-subscribed. The ethnic mix of the pupil population is changing as the number from minority groups increases. About two thirds of the pupils are of White British heritage and there are a few pupils from each of ten other ethnic backgrounds. The overall number is now above the national average with half of the children in the Reception class of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) speaking English as an additional language. Attainment on entry is similar to that found nationally although it is below in mathematical development. The number of pupils eligible for free school meals is below average. An average proportion of pupils have learning difficulties and/ or disabilities although the number with statements of special educational need is much above average. There has been a significant turnover of staff since the previous inspection. This includes a new headteacher, who has been in post for four terms, and a new deputy headteacher who has been in post since September 2007. In addition, there have been three other teachers appointed since the previous inspection. The school runs a breakfast club for pupils attending the school. The school has gained the following awards: Investors in People; Healthy Schools, Sports Activemark, The ICT Mark and The International Schools award. Key for inspection grades Grade 1 Outstanding Grade 2 Good Grade 3 Satisfactory Grade 4 Inadequate