Norton St Philip Church of England First School
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Church Street
Norton St Philip
4 - 9
Voluntary aided school
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The school federated with Rode Methodist VC First School in April 2016. A new governing body was established for the federation and the leadership secured with your appointment as the executive headteacher of the two schools. Most of the staff were not present at the time of the previous Ofsted inspection. Nevertheless, despite these significant changes, the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since your appointment as executive headteacher of Norton St Philip Church of England First School you have wasted no time to establish a strong culture of learning. You, your staff and governors are aware of the areas for improvement such as the focus to further raise pupils’ achievement to enable them to achieve greater depth in their learning. Your strong leadership has galvanised the staff. There is a shared passion and determination to drive forward improvements in the quality of teaching and to raise achievement for all pupils. You create opportunities for staff to share their knowledge and expertise and moderate pupils’ work both within the school and with other local schools. The previous inspection highlighted the need to improve systems for recording and analysing pupils’ achievement and use this information more consistently to plan activities that challenge and extend pupils. This you have successfully achieved. Teachers understand and can successfully apply the school’s assessment system to ensure that pupils’ progress is carefully tracked and their needs more precisely met. Consequently, pupils are supported effectively in their learning. As a result of good teaching, most pupils, irrespective of ability or background, make good progress as they move through the school. Teachers know their pupils extremely well and use this knowledge, combined with their strong subject knowledge, to plan interesting and stimulating work that motivates and enthuses pupils. Pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to their learning. They enjoy their work, are curious to find out more and have a desire to improve. You and your staff have created a warm and welcoming school where pupils enjoy their school experience. A typical comment from pupils was that ‘teachers are kind and help us to get better with our work’. Parents are also highly supportive of the school’s work. They are particularly pleased with the hard work and dedication of you, your staff and governors to ensure that the federation has not had a negative impact on the quality of care or education their children receive. In the Parent View survey, all parents who responded would recommend the school. Indeed, parents are very complimentary about the school and your leadership. Typical comments were: ‘a brilliant job the school is doing’ and ‘a fantastic, all round school, my child can’t wait to get there each morning to learn new things’. Parents also welcome your visible presence and approachability. They are confident that you listen carefully to them when they have any concerns or worries and act quickly to tackle issues raised, to ensure their children enjoy school and make good progress. At the beginning of the inspection, we agreed on the key lines of enquiry to be considered during the day. These included how the school ensures that pupils are safe, the effectiveness of phonics teaching and the impact this has to improve pupils’ skills in reading and writing, how leaders ensure the most able pupils make the best possible progress and the effectiveness of governors in holding leaders to account for the quality of education that the school provides. These key lines of enquiry are considered below under ‘safeguarding’ and ‘Inspection findings’. Safeguarding is effective. The safeguarding of pupils is integral to the work of the school. There is a shared commitment by staff to protect pupils from all possible risks. The school’s policies and procedures fully reflect the latest statutory guidelines and follow the most recent national guidance, to which staff resolutely adhere. High-quality training in all aspects of safeguarding provides staff with the knowledge and skills to quickly spot concerns and take action rapidly and with confidence. You and your governors are fully aware of the utmost importance of recruiting safely. All staff are carefully checked prior to starting employment to ensure that they are suitable to work with children. Risk assessments are in place and are monitored closely to ensure they remain fit for purpose. For example, regular checks are carried out to ensure that pupils who travel daily by minibus are kept safe.

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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.

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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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  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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