Wootton Bassett Infants’ School

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About Wootton Bassett Infants’ School

Name Wootton Bassett Infants’ School
Website http://woottonbassett-inf.wilts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Alison Pass
Address High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, SN4 7BS
Phone Number 01793852254
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 134
Local Authority Wiltshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils describe their school as kind and friendly. They say that everyone is welcome. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), enjoy learning a wide range of subjects, including art, geography and computing.

They particularly enjoy the wide range of exciting experiences they have to make their learning memorable, such as a trip to the steam railway and a visit from a local beekeeper.

Leaders and staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour. Pupils respond well to these.

They are adamant that bullying does not happen. There is a calm and orderly atmosphere in lessons and around the school. During social times, pup...ils play well together and take part in playground games.

Relationships between pupils and adults are positive. Pupils feel safe. They know that adults would help them if they had a worry or concern.

Pupils have positive attitudes and are keen to learn. They enjoy the opportunities given to develop their leadership skills, and the 'special meetings' they attend as a school council representative. They say that their job is to 'make the school a better place'.

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

Leaders, including governors, have been relentless in their drive to improve the quality of education since the previous inspection. Leaders are aspirational for all pupils, including those with SEND. Staff feel well supported in their roles.

They feel valued by leaders and say that there is a strong sense of being part of a team.

Leaders prioritise reading. From the moment children join Reception Year, they learn phonics.

Staff promote children's love of reading by ensuring they encounter high-quality texts. Leaders have recently introduced an effective phonics programme which supports pupils to learn to read well. Assessment information identifies pupils who are in danger of falling behind.

However, some pupils who struggle to read do not have books that precisely match the sounds they know. This hinders their ability to read fluently and with confidence.

Leaders have strengthened the approach to teaching mathematics.

As a result, pupils progress well through the curriculum and retain what they have learned. Where there are gaps in what pupils know, teachers adapt the learning to revisit important knowledge. There has been a strong focus on developing the use of accurate mathematical vocabulary.

This supports pupils well to explain their understanding of concepts. For example, pupils can explain the commutative law when using their knowledge of the five times tables. Pupils with SEND are well supported by adults.

Adaptations to learning mean that pupils with complex needs access the same curriculum as their peers.

Leaders have brought about positive changes to the design of the curriculum in the wider subjects. They have identified the ambitious end-points they want pupils to achieve in most subjects.

However, in some subjects, leaders have not identified the important knowledge they want pupils to know. This means that some pupils do not build their knowledge well over time. There are gaps in what they know.

In art, for example, pupils do not acquire the essential knowledge they need in drawing techniques so that they can use these in their artwork. Pupils are not clear about how to get better at art or how to explain the techniques they have used.

Leaders provide a range of experiences to extend pupils' wider development.

From Reception Year, children learn how to keep themselves healthy. Leaders organise visits from the local dentist to support pupils to learn how to brush their teeth and to understand the damage that sugar can do. Pupils learn about other world faiths and cultures.

They understand the importance of different festivals and places of worship. Pupils are proud to represent the school on the 'eco-committee'. They understand the role they have as a responsible citizen to look after the world.

Many enjoy being 'litter pickers' and 'milk monitors'. Pupils understand that they can help others who are less fortunate than themselves. They spoke about the food that they donated to a local food bank.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that staff receive extensive training so they can identify pupils who may be at risk of harm. Staff are vigilant, and report concerns promptly.

Leaders ensure that pupils and families who need support from external agencies receive it in a timely manner. Leaders respond to local safeguarding concerns. They ensure that staff are kept up to date with these.

Leaders ensure that required employment checks are made so that adults who work with the pupils are suitable.

Pupils know how to keep themselves safe, including when online. They know about the importance of not sharing passwords or personal information.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some wider curriculum subjects, leaders have not identified the essential knowledge they want pupils to learn. This means that there are gaps in what pupils know. Leaders need to identify the knowledge they want pupils to know and remember and then check pupils' understanding.

• Some pupils who struggle to read do not have books that match the sounds they know. This impacts on their fluency and confidence. Leaders need to ensure that books precisely match the sounds that pupils know so that they can build words and read well.

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