Saltford CofE Primary School

Name Saltford CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Claverton Road, Saltford, Bristol, BS31 3DW
Phone Number 01225872185
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 436 (51.4% boys 48.6% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.4
Academy Sponsor Futura Learning Partnership
Local Authority Bath and North East Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 3.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.7%
Persistent Absence 1.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.5%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Saltford C of E Primary is larger than the average-sized primary school.

The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average although the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is extra government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and pupils from service families, is well below average.

The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. A nursery runs on the school site and manages a breakfast and after-school club for pupils at the school. This is not managed by the governing body and is subject to separate inspection.

Since the last inspection the school has become a National Teaching School. As a result, the executive headteacher oversees both the school and the partnership while a newly appointed head of school oversees the day-to-day management of the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

Pupils make good progress and achieve well. Achievement in reading is a particular strength. Achievement in writing has improved in the past year and is now good because it has been a focus for school improvement.

Teachers use on-going assessments effectively to plan work that meets the learning needs of pupils. Pupils are given every opportunity to reflect on their learning and to discuss their ideas, both with the class and by themselves. The variety of subjects taught is enriched through many visits and extra-curricular activities to broaden pupils’ experiences.

Pupils behave exceptionally well and have highly positive attitudes towards their work. Attendance has continued to rise and is now well above the national average. The care of pupils and their families and the focus on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well promoted through the school’s Christian ethos.

The vision and drive of senior leaders and governors to improve teaching and pupils’ achievement are shared by all staff. Consequently, the school is improving. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Progress is not as rapid in mathematics as in English.

More-able pupils are not always given challenging work early enough in lessons. Questions are not consistently used to deepen pupils’ understanding and marking does not always tell pupils how to improve. There are not enough opportunities for pupils to practise their key skills in other subjects.

Lesson observations do not always focus well enough on the progress of groups of pupils. Senior leaders and managers do not use information about pupils’ progress well enough to bring about more outstanding progress. The governing body does not actively monitor the school’s main areas for development, reducing its impact.