Pewley Down Infant School

Name Pewley Down Infant School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Semaphore Road, Guildford, GU1 3PT
Phone Number 01483570038
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 179 (49.2% boys 50.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.7
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 6.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.3%
Persistent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.7%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Key findings

Pewley Down is an outstanding school. Under the astute leadership of the headteacher, the school has very effectively built on the strengths evident in its last inspection.

Staff have further developed their practice, sharing expertise within the federation, to ensure that pupils have a broad, holistic education. This is highly effective in enabling pupils to develop a 'love of life and zest for learning' as set out in the school's stated values. Pupils' achievement throughout the school, including in the Early Years Foundation Stage, is outstanding for all groups of pupils.

Attainment at the end of Year 2 is significantly above average in all aspects of their learning. Parents and carers also feel that their children make good progress. Pupils' behaviour is outstanding as are attitudes to learning.

Parents and carers are unanimous that their children are safe. Pupils get on very well together and are enthusiastic learners, being very motivated by the rich curriculum. Teaching is outstanding across the school.

Teachers are highly skilled in ensuring that pupils learn and apply new skills and knowledge in contexts which are exciting and engaging. The weekly curriculum information shared with parents and carers ensures that there is a high level of parental involvement in pupils' learning. Members of the governing body, school leaders and staff share a common vision for academic excellence within a nurturing environment which recognises individual strengths and talents.

The promotion of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. Self-evaluation is accurate and used very effectively to research new ideas and plan developments. The leadership of teaching and the management of performance are very effective, with teachers accepting full accountability for their pupils' progress.

Professional development for staff is very well considered and well managed.

Information about the school

Pewley Down Infant School is smaller than the majority of primary schools and has a slightly higher proportion of girls than boys. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average.

The proportion that speaks English as an additional language is above average, with a few pupils at an early stage of learning to speak English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is low. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs that are supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs is below that seen nationally.

The proportion of pupils supported at school action is high. The school formed a federation with Holy Trinity Junior School in April 2010, with one governing body and an executive headteacher leading both schools. The school changed its status from community to voluntary aided in July 2011.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in two Reception classes. The on-site breakfast and after-school clubs run by the governing body were inspected as part of the inspection. The school holds Eco School and International School awards.