Wilburton CofE Primary School

Name Wilburton CofE Primary School
Website http://www.wilburton.cambs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 March 2014
Address Carpond Lane, Wilburton, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3RJ
Phone Number 01353740269
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 121 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.6
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 15.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%
Persisitent Absence 21.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.3%
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. Pupils are taught in four mixed-aged classes. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. Nearly all the pupils are White British. A number of pupils come from Showman Travelling families who live near the school for part of the year and spend the rest of their time travelling. Some of these pupils are dual-registered with another school for part of the year. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is below average. (This is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, for looked after children or those who have a parent in the forces.) The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the previous inspection, there have been major changes in staffing and leadership. In September 2013, the school entered into a soft federation with Little Thetford C of E Primary School. The headteacher of Little Thetford became interim headteacher at Wilburton and a new deputy headteacher also took up post. The teachers in the Year 1/2 class and the Year 5/6 class joined the school at the same time. At the beginning of next term, the interim headteacher will become executive headteacher at Wilburton and Little Thetford and the deputy headteacher will take on the role of head of school at Wilburton. The breakfast and after-school clubs are managed by the governing body. A pre-school on the school site is subject to separate inspection arrangements.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and many are now making rapid progress. Standards are rising and attainment in Years 2 and 6 is above average. Improved achievement has come about because teaching is good, and some is outstanding in Key Stages 1 and 2. Improvements in teaching since September 2013 have enabled pupils to make up for past gaps in their learning. The school pays careful attention to the needs of different groups of pupils. More-able pupils produce high-quality work and those who need extra help with their learning make good progress. Pupils’ behaviour is good; their attitudes and behaviour are outstanding in some lessons. Pupils feel safe in school and have a good awareness of how to stay safe. The outstanding leadership of the interim headteacher and deputy headteacher is resulting in rapid school improvement. Consequently, pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching have both improved since the previous inspection. Other teachers with leadership responsibilities support senior leaders well, and teamwork among the staff is strong. The effectiveness of the governing body is much improved and governors are making a good contribution to the school’s development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not always make exceptional progress because there is not yet enough outstanding teaching. At times, teachers concentrate too closely on the group of pupils they are working with and do not check how well the rest of the class is doing. The progress of some pupils slows when this happens. Occasionally, work is too easy for more-able pupils when the whole class works with the teacher for part of the lesson. There are also instances when teachers’ explanations are too fast for pupils who find learning difficult.