Stoughton Infant School


Name Stoughton Infant School
Website http://www.stoughton.surrey.sch.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Address Stoughton Road, Guildford, GU2 9ZT
Phone Number 01483504172
Type Academy
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 314 (54.8% boys 45.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.5
Academy Sponsor Athena-Gep Ltd
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 12.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.6%
Persistent Absence 7.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.2%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Main findings

This is an outstanding school. Since the last inspection, staff and governors have worked hard to maintain the tremendously high levels of care, guidance and support provided for pupils. There is a very strong focus on every aspect of the school's pastoral care that ensures that pupils and their families are extremely well supported.

All staff work effectively to ensure that pupils achieve very well in their learning and develop exceptionally as mature and caring individuals. Pupils benefit from very supportive relationships with all staff and display a great deal of enthusiasm for learning. Because of the school's exceptionally strong focus on its pastoral care, pupils contribute extremely effectively to the school and wider community.

This is demonstrated well through their readiness, even from the very youngest age, to be involved in how the school is run. Pupils participate enthusiastically in the school council as well as willingly taking on responsibilities such as 'friendship police' or caring for the extensive gardens, the chickens and class pets. Pupils' achievement is excellent because the school adapts its exceptional curriculum particularly well to ensure that every individual's needs are met and all pupils fulfil their potential.

This, along with outstanding teaching, enables pupils to make excellent progress from their starting points in the Early Years Foundation Stage to when they leave. Children in the speech and language unit get off to an equally good start. All staff know the pupils' abilities extremely well.

This is because of the highly effective checks regularly made on their progress and the considerable skill with which the school adapts and targets the well-focused support it gives individual pupils. Teachers and other adults mark pupils' work alongside them and discuss the next steps in their learning consistently and regularly. As a result, pupils have a very good understanding of what they are working on next and how to get better.

While achievement is high, the headteachers, supported particularly effectively by all staff and the governing body, are constantly looking for ways to improve pupils' attainment and personal development further. Consequently, they are leading the school's drive to raise attendance. Currently at average levels, there has been a marked improvement over the last term and persistent absence has decreased significantly.

The school has been very successful in working with families to improve this situation but acknowledges that there is further work to be done. This constant striving to reflect on outstanding practice and still look for ways to improve, together with leaders' accurate self-evaluation and actions to maintain and build upon the high levels of pastoral care seen at the time of the last inspection, show the school has an excellent capacity for further improvement.

Information about the school

Stoughton Infants is a larger-than-average infant school.

There is a local authority managed Pre School Speech, Language and Communication Needs Unit on the premises which provides speech and language support for pre-school children in the southern area of Guilford. At the time of the inspection, children had just started attending the unit. The two headteachers are employed as a job share.

Almost all pupils come from White British families. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is below average. They have a range of needs that includes moderate learning difficulties, speech, language and communication issues and behavioural, emotional and social needs.

A few pupils are at the early stages of learning English as an additional language. The school has gained a number of awards, for example the Healthy School award and the Active Schools Mark. It has also gained recognition for its work in the outdoor environment, for example the Eco School Green Flag and the Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening 5 Star award.