Mendham Primary School
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IP20 0NJ
3 - 11
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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 previous inspection. Your school has a strong, caring ethos that is rightly valued by pupils, staff and parents. Older pupils act responsibly and compassionately towards their younger schoolmates throughout the school day. Younger pupils copy these helpful behaviours and contribute equally towards the school’s positive atmosphere. Staff are proud of the pupils. They are committed to providing them with the best possible opportunities, both in the classroom and through a range of extracurricular clubs, trips and residential visits. Through your federation with another local primary school, and because of your membership of the Consortium multi-academy trust, you have ensured that pupils and staff benefit from a wider range of opportunities and experiences than they would otherwise receive. For example, pupils participate in joint curriculum days and compete in combined sports teams. Staff value the subject leadership positions that have developed across the federation. They are also grateful for the highquality training and support that they receive through the trust. Pupils behave well. They have positive attitudes to learning and are keen to show examples in their workbooks where they are making strong progress. They enjoy coming to school and get on well with each other and with school staff. Parents are equally positive about the school. All parents who responded to Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire, stated that they would recommend the school to other parents. One parent, reflecting the views of others, commented, ‘Our son is treated as an individual in an extremely caring, organised and inspiring environment.’ The school has maintained its strengths since the inspection of the predecessor school. Leaders know the school’s strengths and weaknesses, while priorities for improvement are appropriate. Leadership has been enhanced across the federation, the quality of teaching has improved, and staff now receive a higher quality of training. Pupils’ progress in reading and writing at the end of key stage 2 has been positive for the last three years. Although pupils’ progress has not been as strong in mathematics, it is improving. The locality committee and the trust board provide you and your leaders with effective support and challenge. They know the school well and have a wide and appropriate range of skills. Locality committee members support the school’s development through their contributions at locality committee meetings and their routine visits to meet school leaders. They ensure that both schools in the federation work together for everyone’s benefit. However, the ability of the locality committee and the trust board to evaluate the school’s work and hold leaders to account is sometimes weakened because the expected outcomes in the school’s improvement plan are not always clear and measurable. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Locality committee members have a clear understanding of their safeguarding duties and are effective in carrying them out. You and your leaders undertake all appropriate checks on staff, which a nominated member of the locality committee scrutinises routinely. Your staff are well trained. They know how to identify any signs that pupils are at risk and what actions to take should they have any concerns. Your staff understand the school’s safeguarding systems and they say that safeguarding is a part of the school’s culture. Safeguarding records are well kept, and any child protection referrals are monitored closely. All parents who responded to Parent View agreed that pupils are safe, happy and well looked after at school. Pupils also said that they are well supported by the adults in the school. They said that, on the rare occasions it happens, bullying is dealt with swiftly and effectively. Pupils talked positively about how they are taught to stay safe through lessons and assemblies that cover topics such as water safety, road safety and staying safe online.

Mendham Primary School Catchment Area Map

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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.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  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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