Wykeham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School


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The school is very small compared to other primary schools. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage, with a very small number from other ethnic groups. Similarly, there are a very small number of pupils who need support for their special educational needs and who have education, health and care (EHC) plans. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and for whom the school receives additional government funding is well below that typically found in primary schools. Pupil premium funding is additional money to support pupils who are, or who have been, eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. A much higher than average proportion of pupils join and leave the school at different times during the school year and key stages. There are two classes in the school: one for Reception children and Key Stage 1 pupils known as the infants, and one for Key Stage 2 pupils, known as the juniors. Since the previous section 5 inspection, one of the two teachers and one of the three teaching assistants have joined the school. The previous headteacher left the school in July 2012 and her replacement left the school in July 2015. Since September 2015, the interim headteacher works at the school for half the week, under a shared arrangement with Brompton and Sawdon Primary School. From 1 April 2016, a permanent headteacher, shared with Hackness Church of England Primary School, will lead the school. The governing body intends to consult with parents and other stakeholders on proposals to establish a formal federation with Hackness Church of England Primary School in the near future. The school has a number of national quality awards and is currently a finalist for the national Rolls-Royce Science Prize 2015–2016. As a result of the very small number of pupils involved, the government’s current floor standards do not apply in this school. Inspection report: Wykeham Church of England (VC) Primary School, 24–25 February 2016 6 of 8 Information about this inspection Both classes were visited twice for joint observations by the inspector and the headteacher. During the observations, pupils’ books and work on display were reviewed. Pupils were asked about their work. Pupils were heard reading. Meetings were held with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, a representative from the local authority and from the diocesan education board, teachers and teaching assistants. The headteacher and inspector met frequently throughout the inspection to discuss all aspects of the school’s work and information about the pupils’ current progress. The inspector reviewed documents, policies and records relating to the work of the governing body, leaders’ plans for developing the school and records of checks about the standards achieved. Pupils’ books and learning journals were reviewed and checked against the school’s assessment information. The inspector talked with pupils in lessons and at playtimes, met with the school council and considered the six responses to Ofsted’s online pupil survey. Four responses to Ofsted’s online staff survey were considered alongside 19 responses to Parent View and nine free text responses from parents. The inspector talked directly with five parents as they brought their children to school.

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