Tickford Park Primary School

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About Tickford Park Primary School

Name Tickford Park Primary School
Website http://www.tickfordpark.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Matt O'Brien
Address Avon Close, Newport Pagnell, MK16 9DH
Phone Number 01908610431
Phase Primary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 387
Local Authority Milton Keynes
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Staff and pupils are proud of Tickford Park.

The school's values of 'ready, respectful, safe and kind' thread through all areas of school life. One pupil said: 'We don't judge anyone here. Everyone is equal and that is what is important.'

Staff have high expectations. Pupils hold good humoured and thoughtful conversations with staff and their peers. This creates a happy, calm and purposeful environment.

Leaders and staff have created a culture where all pupils 'shine for who they are and what they can achieve'. Pupils enjoy the gardening, sports, singing, music and art clubs. Pupils know how to keep healthy and take care of their mental health.

They... are proud of the 'Quiet Garden', where they relax and savour a 'mindful moment of quiet'. Pupils trust staff to help them deal with any problems they may have. Pupils feel safe and incidents of unkind behaviour are unheard of.

Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. They debate big ideas about different beliefs and religious customs. They visit places of worship and treasure individual liberty.

Pupils use their democratic voice and influence change through the school council and eco-committee.

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

Leaders, staff and governors are ambitious for all pupils. Staff morale is high and team spirit is strong.

Subject leaders lead their areas of responsibility effectively. Teachers use their strong subject knowledge to help pupils learn well. Subject leaders are providing high-quality training for support staff to enhance their knowledge of subjects beyond English, mathematics and science.

However, in the early years, staff do not always provide children with opportunities to explore, discuss and develop their ideas and vocabulary. This means that some children do not learn as well as they should in all areas of the curriculum.

Leaders have created an ambitious curriculum in all subjects.

It sets out clearly the essential knowledge that pupils need to learn and when. In almost all subjects, teachers skilfully check what pupils know before introducing new ideas. They take time to address pupils' misconceptions.

Pupils recall what they have learned previously and use this knowledge to help them find out about new things. Teachers identify the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) accurately. While pupils with SEND are usually supported effectively in lessons, this is not as consistent for children in the early years.

Children are introduced to phonics as soon as they start in the Reception Year. The phonics programme is well sequenced and most pupils learn to read well. However, some staff do not deliver phonics effectively enough.

Books are not always matched to the sounds pupils learn in lessons. This slows some pupils' ability to read with increased fluency and comprehension. Leaders have identified these issues and are taking the right actions to address them.

In mathematics, there is a well-sequenced and structured approach to what pupils need to know and remember from early years to Year 6. Pupils can use their knowledge of number to carry out quick calculations. They can explain how they use their knowledge to help them to solve problems.

Where pupils, including those with SEND, need extra support, teachers break down learning into manageable parts, providing extra resources where necessary. Nevertheless, there are some inconsistencies in how well staff in early years help children develop and use their mathematical ideas and vocabulary.

Pupils enjoy learning.

They are proud of their work and told inspectors that teachers make lessons fun and interesting. Pupils have positive relationships with their teachers and eagerly participate in lessons. Where pupils struggle to focus on their learning, staff are skilled at supporting them to re-engage.

As a result, most classrooms are productive places where learning thrives.

Opportunities in the curriculum to promote pupils' personal development are plentiful. For example, assemblies, visitors, and trips are used to promote pupils' understanding of different professions and careers.

Pupils learn about how they can help their community. For instance, pupils raise funds and collect food items for local charities. They bring joy to the local community through carol singing projects.

Pupils' understanding of British values is a real strength of the curriculum.

Governors hold leaders to account effectively. They know the school's strengths well and what needs to improve further.

For example, they know about what needs to improve the early years and have made sure leaders have the right plans in place to make these improvements.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff receive regular safeguarding training.

This ensures that they identify possible signs of abuse and report their concerns quickly. During the inspection, some issues were identified in the safeguarding record keeping system. Leaders addressed these promptly and effectively.

Leaders follow government guidance when recruiting staff.

Leaders work closely with external agencies to protect pupils. For example, pupils have access to professional counselling.

Through the curriculum, pupils find out about situations which may lead to harm. Pupils know that they should speak to a trusted adult if the actions of others make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some staff do not teach phonics fully effectively.

At times, they do not always check that all pupils learn the right sounds and blends. The books that some pupils read do not help them to read with increased fluency. Leaders are in the process of introducing a new approach to teaching phonics.

Leaders need to make sure that all staff are trained to deliver phonics effectively and that the books pupils read match the sounds pupils learn. ? The curriculum for early years is not taught as well as in Years 1 to 6. Some staff do not have strong pedagogical knowledge about how to deliver the curriculum.

They do not always provide children with opportunities and well-matched resources to develop understanding. Leaders need to make sure that all staff are well trained to deliver the early years curriculum. This will ensure that all children are well prepared for their next stage of education.

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