William Morris Primary School


Name William Morris Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 11 September 2018
Address Bretch Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 0UZ
Phone Number 01295258224
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 111 (58% boys 42% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 10.8
Academy Sponsor Glf Schools
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 24%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.2%
Persisitent Absence 15.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 31.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

William Morris Primary School opened in February 2016 as part of GLF Schools Academies Trust. The trustees delegate responsibility for most strategic matters to the school strategic board of governors. This is a smaller-than-average sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is higher than the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Since taking charge in 2016, the headteacher has driven the development of the school with grit and determination. The improvements achieved in every area of the school have been rapid and highly effective. Leaders at all levels share a huge ambition for pupils. Together they are a skilled, knowledgeable and cohesive team. Their work to embed a high-quality, interesting curriculum has increased pupils’ progress throughout the school. The school is well placed to improve further. The work of governors and the multi-academy trust has helped leaders to prioritise the right things. Systems for checking progress against the school action plan are well established and ensure that the quality of education is always improving. Teaching is calm, purposeful and precise. Teachers know exactly what pupils require because they understand how to assess pupils’ needs. They push pupils to achieve their best and ensure that ‘no pupil is left behind’. The early years setting is exceptionally well led and provides children with a calm, nurturing environment in which to develop their basic skills. This prepares them brilliantly for the challenges of Year 1. Pupils’ behaviour and personal development is excellent. Pupils are taught to be responsible, communicative and compassionate. They are rightly proud of their school and play their part in establishing a warm and inclusive atmosphere. Pupils make excellent progress in all subjects. Because of this, the proportion of pupils who leave the school with the expected skills in reading, writing and mathematics is above the national average. Nevertheless, not enough pupils attain at the highest standard in mathematics. Disadvantaged pupils attend school regularly and succeed in class because leaders and teachers use additional funds well to support these pupils. As a result, their performance matches their peers in school. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities receive expert help from skilled teachers and teaching assistants. These pupils are fully integrated into the school and make excellent progress.