Vine Tree Primary School

Name Vine Tree Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 20 November 2012
Address Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 8AD
Phone Number 01270661526
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 201 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Local Authority Cheshire East
Percentage Free School Meals 13.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.4%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage and an above average proportion is girls. A low proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and the children of forces families. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has a number of awards including International Schools Award and Active Schools Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. By the end of Year 6, achievement in mathematics is outstanding. Topics covered in lessons and visitors from different cultures now ensure that the cultural development of pupils is good. Pupils’ behaviour is good and they care well for each other. They feel safe and well cared for by staff. Teaching is usually good. Sometimes it is outstanding. The headteacher is improving the school well and has a clear and accurate view of what needs to improve. Partnerships with other schools are used very well to raise the achievement of pupils and to improve resources for them. Governors provide good challenge and support for the school and have a good understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is of outstanding quality. In particular, marking does not provide clear enough guidance for pupils on how to improve. Pupils do not have enough time in lessons to complete, review and improve their work. Pupils’ achievement in writing is not as high as in mathematics or reading. The progress pupils make in their writing is not checked frequently enough to ensure they are always on track to make good progress Teachers do not consistently plan to challenge and support groups of pupils with different abilities, especially in writing.