Stelling Minnis Church of England Primary School
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Bossingham Road
Stelling Minnis
5 - 11
Voluntary controlled school
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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. The school has had significant staffing changes since the last inspection, and a new chair of the governing body. You have worked tirelessly to confront and eradicate weak teaching through the appropriate processes and procedures. Throughout this challenging time, you have worked closely with senior leaders and governors to ensure that a good standard of education has been maintained. Pupils are well prepared for secondary education. Overall, standards for all pupils are above national average in writing, in line with national averages in mathematics and well above the national average in reading. Disadvantaged pupils, however, did not achieve as well as other pupils nationally. It is clear you have the confidence of parents and staff. Parents I spoke to informally at the start of the day told me, ‘We cannot speak highly enough of the school.’ You have lost no time in tackling the impact that previously ineffective teaching has had on current Year 6 pupils. You have put in place measures to support pupils so that any gaps in their understanding are quickly addressed. This has led to accelerated progress and rising standards. Year 5 and 6 pupils are enjoying being taught mathematics in smaller groups. ‘I absolutely love this group and I love maths’, was the response of one Year 6 pupil to the change. Progress from Year 2 to Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics is now good. The impact of your leadership is evident in the good progress and outcomes for children in the early years. From starting points which are typical for their age, the proportion of children reaching a good level of development in the early years has been above the national average every year since 2014. Children currently in the early years are on track to maintain these same high standards. Your current plans are ambitious for the school, but strategies to check the progress made by different groups of pupils during the course of the year are not sufficiently effective. The school has responded to the last inspection report by giving pupils opportunities to apply what they have learned to real life. A ‘what’s my job?’ day involved parents coming into school and sharing how they applied their learning to real life. Mathematics problems are based on everyday situations, and pupils write about first-hand experiences. Standards have risen significantly in phonics due to more regular and effective teaching. As a result, in 2016 the proportion of pupils who reached the expected standard in Year 1 was greater than those found nationally. Middle leaders are more confident in their role, having taken national professional qualifications for subject leaders. This has led to more rigorous monitoring of the impact of their advice to teachers. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Records are appropriately detailed and of high quality. All checks for the recruitment of staff suitable to work with pupils are in place. Clear systems are in place for making referrals when concerns arise. Links with external agencies are strong, including those with the local authority. Staff know families and the wider community well and parents told me that they value the prompt action the school takes if any concerns arise. The school site is secure and well-maintained. Pupils at the school feel safe. The older pupils look after the younger ones well on the playground. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe when using the internet. They feel confident that if they have a problem staff will sort it out. Rigorous systems are in place to check why pupils are absent and to hold parents to account. You have convincing evidence to show why individual pupils were absent. You follow up persistent absence on an individual basis. Parents appreciate the support you provide when absence is due to long-term illness. Attendance has improved over the past year to be above the national average.

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