Clifford Primary School
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Clifford Primary School
5 - 11
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. In January 2015, Clifford Primary entered into a soft federation with Wellington Primary School and you became the executive headteacher of the two schools. This arrangement has proved successful in sharing expertise and resources across the two schools, enabling staff development and extending learning opportunities for the pupils. You demonstrate strong leadership and are resolute in providing pupils with every opportunity to develop into hard-working, compassionate individuals who make a positive contribution to society. You have created a dedicated team of staff, including teachers who go the extra mile to make learning exciting. Leaders’ decision-making and subsequent actions are focused on improving outcomes for all pupils. You have sustained the high expectations of pupils’ work and behaviour seen at the last inspection. As a consequence, the vast majority of pupils are making good progress. Some pupils make exceptional progress due to highly effective teaching. Your challenge is to replicate this first-rate practice across all classes and subjects. Nearly all pupils show excellent attitudes to their work and behave impeccably well. They are enthusiastic about learning because the experiences offered to them are worthwhile and have a real purpose. For example, in history pupils designed, created and tested shadufs, enabling them to gain a better understanding of farming in Ancient Egyptian times. Pupils are eager to talk about their learning because it is memorable. In the early years, children were keen to tell me about exploring and using natural materials to create musical instruments in their ‘forest school’ session. You have been successful in tackling the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection. Teachers maximise time for learning in lessons and respond well to pupils’ needs, adapting plans accordingly to tackle any misconceptions as they arise. Pupils have productive discussions about their work and learn from one another. Teachers bring learning to life through engaging activities. For example, pupils used drama and dialogue well to make sense of a thought-provoking play script written by the teacher. You have created a real sense of community within the school where pupils take care of each other. Pupils told me about the successful introduction of peer mediators on the playground. These specially trained pupils help others resolve disagreements in a non-confrontational manner. This is just one example of several where pupils at Clifford are trusted and given special responsibilities. Pupils play a genuine part in shaping the school’s future because they are consulted about their school and what is working best for them. Leaders listen to, reflect and then act on pupils’ feedback. Parents are highly supportive of the school’s work and praise the efforts of teachers and staff. They say that their children are happy and enjoy coming to school. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders and governors do their best to ensure that pupils are kept safe and free from harm. Staff receive regular training about safeguarding so they are able to identify any concerns and raise these with the appropriate persons. Leaders have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and records are detailed and of high quality. Teachers plan relevant units of work that help pupils to understand and reduce everyday risks. For example, pupils told me about a visit from the Dog Trust and the important safety tips they learned about stroking unfamiliar dogs. Pupils have a good awareness of how to keep safe when using technology because of the effective guidance they receive from teachers. Statutory checks are made on all staff to satisfy governors that they only appoint people suitable to work with children. However, there were some minor administrative errors on the school’s single central record which were addressed before the end of the inspection. Those responsible for safeguarding should review the filing of paperwork to make it better organised. All parents who completed the online questionnaire, Parent View, said that their children felt safe at the school.

Clifford Primary School Catchment Area Map

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01432 260926 (primary) 01432 260925 (secondary)

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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