Trimley St Martin Primary School

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About Trimley St Martin Primary School

Name Trimley St Martin Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Samantha Ross
Address Kirton Road, Trimley St Martin, Felixstowe, IP11 0QL
Phone Number 01394448313
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 196
Local Authority Suffolk
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

The headteacher has improved teaching and raised achievement. His drive and ambition for pupils have been the force behind the school's significant improvement in the last eighteen months. Governors are well informed.

They visit the school frequently to find out for themselves how well it is doing. Teachers make learning interesting for pupils by providing them with imaginative, enjoyable activities. Their good quality marking has a direct impact on the quality of work in pupils' books.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge. They have high expectations of pupils, especially those who are in danger of falling behind, and work pu...rposefully to help them catch up. Disadvantaged pupils receive good support and achieve well.

Children make a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Phonics (the sounds that letters make) is taught systematically and enables pupils to do well in reading checks. Reading is strength of the school and pupils read widely and for enjoyment.

Pupils behave well and are proud of their school. Their attitudes to learning are good. The school keeps pupils safe and ensures that they understand how to stay safe.

Pupils are given very good support for their moral, social and cultural development. The school's strong values and its good community links ensure children develop their self-confidence very well. Parents are very supportive of the school.

Those who spoke to inspectors describe it as a good and improving school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally the work given to the most-able pupils is not challenging enough. Provision for learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage is not as well-monitored as it is in the rest of the school.

Middle leaders do not use the information they have about pupils' achievement well enough to further improve standards in their subject areas.

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school, with one class in each year group. The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of one Reception class offering full-time education.

The school has a stable and increasing population with the vast majority of pupils from white British backgrounds. At 13%, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium (extra government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or children who are looked after) is lower than the national average. At 6%, the proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average.

The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Since the previous inspection a new headteacher has been appointed by the governing body. He took up the post in September 2013.

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