Theydon Bois Primary School

Name Theydon Bois Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 22 January 2013
Address Orchard Drive, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7DH
Phone Number 01992813083
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 320 (51.9% boys 48.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.4
Academy Sponsor Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 3.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.1%
Persisitent Absence 8.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection

Information about this school

Theydon Bois is a primary school of above-average size. Some pupils are taught in classes containing two year groups, but there are separate classes for pupils in Reception. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for specific pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals) is well below average. None of the school’s pupils are in alternative provision (none are taught elsewhere). The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils in this school make good progress. Many children start with skills which are below expectations for their age. By the end of Year 6 their results in English and mathematics are above average. Teaching and learning are good in all year groups and across a range of subjects. Some teaching is outstanding. Careful planning means that pupils of all abilities are able to take a full part in lessons and do their best. Activities in lessons are interesting so they engage and maintain pupils’ attention. Teaching assistants and support staff play an important role in making sure that pupils understand their tasks. Behaviour is good in lessons and around the school. Pupils show respect for each other, adults and the school’s equipment. They feel safe and understand the school’s rules well. The headteacher and senior staff lead the school well. They check teaching very carefully to ensure that pupils’ learning is maintained at a good standard. The headteacher and senior staff have high expectations of pupils’ learning. They have the same ambition for pupils’ happiness and safety. The governing body knows the school well and plays an important part in making the school successful. They challenge the headteacher to ensure that necessary improvements are made. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although achievement in English is good overall, too few pupils reach the highest levels in writing. Teachers do not always give enough attention to pupils’ spelling, punctuation and grammar when they mark work. The school’s very careful and comprehensive records of pupils’ progress are over-complex, so they do not make for efficiency in improving pupils’ learning.

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