Main findings

Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?

Outstanding

Under the inspirational leadership of the headteacher the school has shown exceptional improvement since the previous inspection. Hence, the school's overall effectiveness has moved from satisfactory to outstanding. Pupils thrive in both their academic and personal development. Parents are almost unanimous in their positive views of the school. They recognise the exceptionally strong ethos of care and support that enables their children to become confident and successful learners who are well prepared for secondary school.

Children enter the Nursery with skills and abilities that are very low in comparison to those typically found. Due to good provision, children in both the Nursery and Reception years achieve well in all areas of learning. Teaching in these year groups is frequently outstanding, but provision is hampered by the lack of opportunity for children to learn outdoors. The space available outside the Nursery lacks cover to enable children to learn when it is very sunny or wet. Pupils make very good progress in Years 1 and 2 and this accelerates as they become more confident in their English language skills. By the time pupils leave the school, attainment is at the national average. This marks outstanding progress, not least because the very many pupils that enter the school during the school year do so with attainment that is low. Pupils make particularly strong progress in their speaking and listening skills which are at least at the national expectation when they leave the school. In pursuing their ambition to raise standards further, senior leaders have focused well on improving pupils' writing skills. This has been successful in both lifting attainment at the end of Year 2 and also in the quality of pupils' written work in other subjects. Due to the highly effective provision for pupils who enter the school at an early stage of learning English and also those that find learning hard, these pupils also make outstanding progress.

Pupils learn exceptionally well because they benefit from consistently good and frequently outstanding teaching. Teachers manage pupils with aplomb and ensure that all classrooms present as quiet and industrious learning environments. There are excellent arrangements to check and track pupils' progress and this enables pupils to be grouped according to their needs rather than their age. This means that classes for literacy and numeracy cover pupils from as many as four different age groups. The curriculum effectively promotes pupils' learning and their excellent personal development. There is a suitably strong emphasis on developing pupils' personal, social, emotional and moral development which results in Year 6 pupils being thoughtful, mature and responsible young people whose spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is excellent. The curriculum has recently been revamped to focus more on developing learning skills and to enable pupils to apply their literacy, numeracy and information and communication skills well. This successful re-organisation is broadening opportunities and whilst it has the characteristics of an excellent curriculum it needs to bed down across the school.

Outstanding care guidance and support results in pupils feeling safe and free from discrimination and being welcomed and treated as individuals. There are excellent systems to ensure that pupils are protected and their health and safety assured.

All these things do not happen by chance! The headteacher is expertly supported by the deputy headteacher and senior leaders. Her deep and passionate vision to realise the best for each pupil is shared by all the staff and governors. Staff morale is high with all pulling in the same direction. Self evaluation is very sophisticated. It is based on rigorous reviews of all aspects of provision to find ways of improving further. Governors too play an important role in the school's success and they are outstandingly well led by a committed and knowledgeable chair. The weaknesses identified in the previous report have been tackled exceptionally well and many of these areas, such as the quality of teaching and learning, are now strengths. The school has outstanding capacity to improve even further.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

Strengthen provision for outdoor learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage by:

  • providing cover for the learning space outside the Nursery
  • finding ways to provide a suitable and easily accessible outdoor space for children in the Reception classes

Latest News
  • School Closure

    date posted: 03/07/20

    School is now closed for all children apart from vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

  • Risk Assessment

    date posted: 04/06/20

    The Coronavirus risk assessment is available to view in Information/Policies. Or click here.

  • Information

    date posted: 19/04/20

    For support, advice and information about free school meals see COVID-19 support section in the PARENT tab.

    For home learning activities see the HOME LEARNING section in the PARENT tab.

  • Information: Key Workers

    date posted: 19/04/20

    We are open only for children whose parents are key workers.

    Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

  • School Closure March

    date posted: 20/03/20

    It is with great sadness that we are closing today for most children. Thank you for all your support and kindness. Keep safe and we look forward to the time when we can open again.

  • Key Workers

    date posted: 20/03/20

    Please follow this link for guidance about who key workers are. If you think this is you please email the school office. Thank you.

  • Coronavirus

    date posted: 15/03/20

    All parents should have received letters from us about the latest guidance. Click on the link to read this and for further guidance from Public Heath England.

    Letter from school

    Coronavirus advice for educational settings

    Other information is available from both Public Health England and NHS websites.

  • PGL Residential

    date posted: 27/02/20

    The children had an amazing time at Caythorpes before the half term holiday, even though it was cold, wet and windy at times. The children had a go at so many new experiences such as quad bikes, climbing, zip wire, trapeze, trapeze and aero ball to name a few.

  • Letter Of Congratulations

    date posted: 27/02/20

    We received a lovely letter from our local MP, John Ashworth, to congratulate us on our Key Stage 2 results. Click here to read the letter.

  • School Starts

    date posted: 08/01/20
    School starts on Tuesday 7th January. We are all looking forward to another exciting term.
  • End of Term

    date posted: 20/12/19
    We've had a lovely end to the Autumn term with wonderful parties, pantomime visits and concerts. We hope everyone has a lovely holiday and we'll see you on Tuesday 7th January.
  • Half term

    date posted: 11/10/19
    School closes for half term on Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 21st October.
  • Half term

    date posted: 11/10/19
    School closes for half term on Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 21st October.
  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • New Term Autumn 2019

    date posted: 27/08/19

    Welcome back to the new school year.

    Reminder: School starts Thursday 29th August at 8:30am for all children in years 1-6, Foundation children please follow the information in the letter that we sent to you.

  • France

    date posted: 11/04/19
    All the children and staff had a fantastic time in France. They loved every minute and it was a brilliant experience.
  • Year 2 trip

    date posted: 11/04/19
    Year 2 had a lovely day at Clipston. They made lots of new friends and are looking forward to meeting them again when Clipston visit us.
  • Year 4 Victorian Day

    date posted: 11/04/19
    Year 4 loved the Victorian Day at Beaumanor Hall. They all dressed up and experienced life as a Victorian. 
  • Easter

    date posted: 11/04/19
    School closes on Friday 12th April for the Easter holiday and opens again on Monday 29th April. We hope everyone has a lovely holiday.
  • Getting closer

    date posted: 10/03/19

     
    Getting ready to go through the Channel tunnel. France here we come.

  • Paris

    date posted: 10/03/19


    Everyone had a fantastic day in Paris. The children climbed to the top of The Eiffel Tower before visiting The Louvre to see The Mona Lisa. After tea at the Hard Rock Cafe, they toured the city. A brilliant day.

  • Disney Land

    date posted: 10/03/19


    The day at Disney Land started with breakfast with the Disney characters. This was followed by rides in the park. The children loved the parade and the fireworks and laser display. Everyone is very happy but tired.

  • World Book Day

    date posted: 08/03/19
    Twelve Year 4 children had a wonderful day at the King Power stadium taking part in World Book Day activities with LCFC. We had some amazing potato book characters in school and the children loved hearing the teachers favourite stories.
  • Paris here we come

    date posted: 08/03/19
    Forty three very excited children set off for Paris early this morning. They can't wait to get there and are looking forward to enjoying a day seeing the sights in Paris and a visit to Disneyland.