John Clare Primary School
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4 - 11
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You have worked effectively, with other school leaders and governors, to maintain the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Despite significant changes to the teaching staff over the past 18 months, John Clare Primary School remains an exciting place for pupils to learn. The school is at the heart of the local community. It is rightly popular, and regularly over-subscribed. Your effective leadership is valued by staff, parents and governors, and has helped to create a positive, nurturing ethos which underpins all aspects of the school‟s work. Parents are highly supportive of the school and value both the quality of teaching and the wide range of enrichment activities and clubs which are available to pupils. A high percentage of parents responded to Ofsted‟s online questionnaire, Parent View, with an overwhelming majority saying that their children are well looked after and well taught. A typical response was, „Our children are thriving and progressing incredibly well academically, personally and socially. The ethos of the school can be seen in everything that staff do.‟ You have dealt effectively with most of the areas for improvement that were identified at the previous inspection. This has resulted in improvements to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. In 2016, pupils achieved well in reading, writing and mathematics. However, there are still some aspects that require further work – for example, improvements are required in science, geography and history. Nevertheless, you have effective plans in place to build on the school‟s success and ensure that pupils achieve well in subjects across the whole curriculum. Safeguarding is effective. Arrangements for the safeguarding of pupils are given a suitably high priority. Staff are trained at an appropriate level and governors know their duties and are vigilant in the checks that they make. Pupils say that they feel safe in school. Those spoken to during this inspection had a good understanding of how to stay safe while using the internet. Bullying is extremely rare at the school. Parents and pupils expressed confidence in the school‟s staff to deal effectively with any poor behaviour and ensure that pupils enjoy their schooldays. Inspection findings Children get off to a flying start in the Reception class. Highly effective systems are in place to ensure that children have a smooth transition into full-time education. Staff develop good relationships with parents during the summer term through home visits and meetings in school. This strong partnership means that staff know children well when they start in the Reception class, and have a good idea of their abilities and interests. In addition, teachers are quickly able to provide a wide range of exciting activities for children which build well on their skills and abilities. In 2016, the proportion of children who achieved a good level of development by the end of the Reception Year was above the national average. This means that children are well prepared for the challenges of Year 1. Pupils say that they enjoy school. Overall, they have positive attitudes to learning and take pride in wearing their uniform. They are punctual and attend school regularly. Attendance is above the national average, and in 2015 no pupils were persistently absent from school. However, pupils do not always show their good attitudes to learning in the way that they present their work. Too often they fail to take enough care with their handwriting, and their presentation does not reflect the high-quality work that many pupils produce. Reading is a strength of the school. By the time that they reach the end of key stage 1, most pupils are proficient in reading, including the least and most able readers, and have developed a keen interest in reading. Older pupils read widely and often. Those spoken to during this inspection had a broad knowledge of children‟s authors and were confident and competent readers. The standards that were achieved at the end of Year 6 in 2016 reflect the school‟s successful approach to developing this key skill. Pupils learn well in mathematics. They are provided with good levels of challenge in the early years and in Year 1. In 2016, at the end of key stage 1, attainment was above the national average. Pupils make good progress across key stage 2. The work seen in pupils‟ books shows that they are regularly provided with effective opportunities to use and apply their mathematical skills and knowledge to investigate and solve problems.

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