Saint Sebastians Church of England Primary School

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Saint Sebastians Church of England Primary School


Name Saint Sebastians Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.st-sebastians.wokingham.sch.uk/
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, RG40 3AT
Phone Number 01344772427
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 153 (53.6% boys 46.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Academy Sponsor The Keys Academy Trust
Local Authority Wokingham
Percentage Free School Meals 8.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 37.9%
Persistent Absence 12.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.1%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Outcome

Saint Sebastian’s Church of England Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils, parents and staff are very proud of their kind and inclusive school. The school’s Christian ethos and values are at the heart of this. Everyone is welcomed with ‘compassion’ and care.

Staff prioritise getting to know pupils and their families, including those who are not yet confident in speaking English. Pupils are proud to talk about how diverse their school is and how much they enjoy learning about the different lives of their friends and classmates.

The smaller than average size of the school means that everyone really knows each other.

This helps pupils to feel safe and secure. Pupils enjoy their learning and trust their teachers to provide the support needed to meet the school’s high expectations. They also know that adults will always be there to listen to any worries or concerns.

Pupils are eager to take on the varied roles and responsibilities on offer. The older pupils wear their different-coloured uniforms with pride. They describe themselves as the ‘guiding lights of the school’, offering support to anyone who needs it.

The Year 6 pupils also act as ‘buddies’ to the Reception children. Cherished time is spent playing together as well as reading a good book.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders want every pupil at Saint Sebastian’s to reach their full potential.

They have developed a curriculum that aims to meet the needs of their many different learners. Knowledgeable staff identify the support required for all pupils to achieve well. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those who are not yet fluent in speaking English.

These pupils learn alongside their classmates, with adults providing thoughtful and timely help when this is needed.

Pupils develop a love of reading through exploring challenging books as well as those that reflect the diversity within the school. Pupils enjoy reading these books both with their teachers or in the well-stocked book corners in their classrooms.

Children are taught to learn to read as soon as they join Reception. They follow a carefully sequenced programme that helps them learn and practise their phonics. Nearly all pupils are confident readers by the time they reach key stage 2.

Well-trained staff provide additional support for any pupils who find reading more difficult.

The rest of the school’s curriculum has been redeveloped over recent years. In most subjects, including mathematics, pupils are securely building their knowledge and skills from Reception.

Careful planning means that teachers know what pupils should have already learned so they can build on this. For example, in history, pupils explore different empires and civilisations. This is helping them understand the similarities between them as well as what changed over time.

Teachers are now developing how they check that all pupils are secure in knowing and remembering all of the important knowledge.

Leaders know there is more that they want to do to further develop the curriculum. This includes very thoughtful work in the early years to support the children joining the Nursery and Reception.

Further improvements are also being made to subjects such as design and technology, and computing. This work will ensure that pupils are confident in their learning across the school’s full curriculum.

Lessons are busy and purposeful.

Pupils know and follow the clear rules and routines that are in place. If anyone becomes distracted, staff calmly remind them of what they should be focusing on. Pupils respond well, showing a real eagerness to learn.

At playtimes, pupils take part in a wide range of activities. They are proud of their outside environment and look after it carefully.

The daily collective worship provides an opportunity for pupils to explore topical issues around equality.

They are encouraged to reflect on the school’s values, including this term’s focus on ‘thankfulness’. This is demonstrated in the prayers that the pupils write and share with the school community. Leaders are currently reinstating the visits and trips that have not taken place because of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Pupils are excited about upcoming trips to museums and overnight residentials. The older pupils are particularly proud to belong to the ‘Yr 6 club’ where they can take part in activities linked to their own talents and interests.

Staff are passionate about their role in helping pupils to learn.

They value the support provided by their dedicated senior leaders and governors. This includes both those in the school and the multi-academy trust. Staff unanimously agreed that they are very proud of their work and of the learning they are providing for all their pupils.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders and staff know the school’s community very well. This means they are alert to any concerns around the safety and well-being of pupils.

Regular training ensures that staff know their role in swiftly reporting these concerns so prompt action can be taken. Leaders work with external agencies to provide support for families when this is required.

Pupils are given lots of help and advice about how to stay safe.

Parents are also provided with guidance through the school’s website and through discussions with staff. This includes information about online safety and the safe and responsible use of social media.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

? The curriculums in design and technology and in computing are not as well implemented as other subjects.

As a result, pupils are not currently able to build and develop their knowledge and skills well. Leaders should ensure that curriculum improvement work continues so that all subjects are equally well planned and sequenced and of the same high quality as each other. ? Assessment within the foundation subjects is not yet consistently in place.

Teachers are therefore not always confident in knowing how secure pupils are in their knowledge and understanding. Leaders should carefully monitor the effectiveness of assessment to ensure that pupils know and remember more across the school’s curriculum.

Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the predecessor school, Saint Sebastian’s Church of England Primary School, to be good on 4 June 2014.