Caddington Village School
Headteacher: Mrs Sue Teague
547 pupils, Mixed
|Unique Reference Number||109664|
|Local Authority||Central Bedfordshire|
|Inspection dates||4–5 March 2010|
|Reporting inspector||Christopher Parker|
|Type of school||Middle deemed primary|
|Age range of pupils||3–13|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||519|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Chair||Dr Mike Smith|
|Headteacher||Mrs Sue Teague|
|Date of previous school inspection||Not previously inspected|
|School address||Five Oaks|
|Telephone number||01582 726058|
|Fax number||01582 727626|
|Inspection dates||4–5 March 2010|
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This inspection was carried out by four additional inspectors. The majority of the inspectors' time was spent in lessons observing learning. Thirty lessons were observed, taught by 24 teachers. Meetings were held with pupils, the headteacher and senior leadership team, teachers and representatives of the governing body. The inspectors looked at a wide range of documentation and a sample of the pupils' work. Questionnaire responses from pupils, staff and 202 parents were analysed.
The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school's work. It looked in detail at:
The school opened in September 2008. It is an amalgamation of three schools with the addition of a nursery. Pupils are taught by their class teachers until the end of Year 4. In Years 5 to 8 there is more specialist teaching and the pupils are taught in ability sets for English, mathematics and science lessons. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The proportion of pupils who take free school meals is less than half of the national average. The great majority of pupils are from White British families. A very small proportion of pupils are from Traveller families. 20 pupils join the school at the start of Year 5 from a lower school. There is considerable inward mobility, resulting in a rising school population.
|Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory, and 4 is inadequate|
|Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms|
Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?
The school's capacity for sustained improvement
The warm welcome given by Robin Hood to Harry Potter, Tracy Beaker and Horrid Henry at the start of the World Book Day celebrations illustrated well the strong relationships between the teachers and pupils. With all of the school community in costume and ready to 'drop everything and read', the profile and importance of reading was strongly promoted. Events such as this have united this new school, and created a caring ethos and an expectation that pupils will work hard and succeed. Equally, they enhance the school's good curriculum and show its determination to provide all pupils with interesting and enjoyable opportunities.
Much has been achieved since the school opened to ensure that it is now providing a good education for the pupils. The school's popularity and the number of pupils on roll are rising because most parents are very pleased with its work. Pupils behave very well, have positive attitudes to learning and show considerable pride in their school. They have an excellent understanding of how to stay fit and healthy and the school carefully records the pupils' participation in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. Pupils are achieving well; most are making good progress so that, by the time they reach the end of Year 8, the majority are attaining or exceeding the levels expected for their age. The school keeps a careful check on the progress of all groups of pupils and this shows that most, including some from the Traveller families, are doing well. It also identifies that boys are not making the same rapid progress as girls in writing.
Most teachers explain things clearly, question pupils thoughtfully, and set interesting tasks that engage and interest the pupils. Occasionally, tasks are not demanding enough for some groups. The school has successfully introduced the national approach to assessing pupils' progress, and the information that the teachers gather forms the basis of their well-planned lessons. However, a few pupils feel they do not know how well they are doing. This is because the quality of marking varies considerably and does not always give the pupils sufficient guidance on how to improve their work.
The headteacher, senior leaders and governors have carefully planned, implemented and monitored a range of developments and improvements since the school opened. Many have been successful and instrumental in building the unity, ethos and high expectations that are prevalent in the school. Others have been successful in tackling initial inconsistencies, for example in the pupils' progress in mathematics in some year groups. The senior leadership team extensively monitors the quality of teaching. Although this is detailed, the consideration given to the impact of teaching on pupils' learning and progress is insufficient to raise the school's performance to the highest level. Nevertheless, the school is well placed to build on the strong start it has made, and has demonstrated a good capacity for sustained improvement.
Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils
Throughout the school, pupils are achieving well and they clearly enjoy their lessons. They are keen to do well, listen carefully to their teachers, and learn and practise new skills enthusiastically. In Years 1 and 2, they make good progress and build on the effective start that they make in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The teachers emphasise the importance of speaking and listening to increase the pupils' vocabulary. In one lesson in Year 2, the pupils made rapid progress in their understanding of alliteration. Two boys with special educational needs and/or disabilities were well supported, and one confidently read a lengthy tongue-twister, to the applause of his classmates. In Years 3 to 6, the pupils continue to make good progress. In many lessons, such as those in history in Year 3, information and communication technology (ICT) in Year 5, and English in Year 6, pupils extend their knowledge and enhanced their skills at a good pace. In a few lessons, progress is not as rapid because the tasks set by the teachers did not take sufficient account of what some groups of pupils were already capable of.
The school's analysis of progress shows that in Years 7 and 8, pupils are making good progress. Attainment at the end of Year 8 last year was well beyond that expected for pupils of this age, and even that expected by the end of Year 9. Currently, A sample of pupils' work in English, mathematics and science shows that currently, attainment exceeds expectations. All groups of pupils are well supported, and most of them are making good progress. The school removes many obstacles to learning, and so allows individual pupils to make increasingly good progress as they get older and to attain levels close to their peers. However, there are occasions when a very few older boys need encouragement to play a full part in lessons.
The pupils say they feel very safe in school, and are confident that any problems are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Pupils have adopted eco-friendly and healthy attitudes to life. The Eco Committee, made up of pupils, staff and governors is influencing school policy. The pupils take considerable responsibility for their own community. Older pupils enjoy responsibilities such as the positions of peer mediator and prefect. Rates of attendance, although broadly average are increasing. Pupils' cultural development is good. This was well illustrated through Year 6 pupils' discussion of The British (serves 60 million) by Benjamin Zephaniah.
These are the grades for pupils' outcomes
|Pupils' achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning|
Taking into account:
The quality of pupils' learning and their progress
The quality of learning for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their progress
|The extent to which pupils feel safe||2|
|The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles||1|
|The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community||2|
|The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being|
Taking into account:
|The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development||2|
1 The grades for attainment and attendance are: 1 is high; 2 is above average; 3 is broadly average; and 4 is low
Most lessons are lively and interesting, ensuring that the pupils concentrate on the tasks they are set. In turn, most pupils produce the volume and quality of work expected of them by their teachers. Teachers make good use of a range of resources. Interactive whiteboards are used well to provide a good focus for learning. For example, in a Year 6 English lesson the teacher used examples of the pupils' work to discuss with the class how the text might be improved. Specialist teaching of older pupils is effective and in some of the lessons seen, for example in a physical education and an ICT lesson, it was outstanding. Learning support assistants are usually well deployed and briefed to support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
The assessment of pupils' progress is good, and most of the teachers use the information they collect very effectively to plan what the pupils need to learn next. The marking of the pupils' work, however, is inconsistent. There are examples of teachers' comments that offer an extensive analysis of the pupil's work. Conversely, there are also examples that do not provide the pupils with sufficient guidance on how they could improve.
The curriculum is well organised and extensively enriched by visits to places of interest, events at school and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Many of these opportunities add to the good progress that pupils make in their broader personal development. The curriculum builds strongly on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. It continues to promote the links between subjects in Years 1 to 4 before providing older pupils with a more defined subject curriculum in readiness for upper school. However, there are occasions when opportunities to write in purposeful contexts are not fully exploited. Themes such as ethnic diversity, ecological awareness and an international dimension are interwoven in the curriculum.
Care, guidance and support are strong features of the school's provision. The most vulnerable pupils are well supported through effective links with external agencies. The school works particularly closely with support services for children from Traveller families. Those who have a special educational need or disability receive carefully tailored support.
These are the grades for the quality of provision
|The quality of teaching|
Taking into account:
The use of assessment to support learning
|The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs, including, where relevant, through partnerships||2|
|The effectiveness of care, guidance and support||2|
The headteacher has moulded an ambitious senior leadership team with high expectations. They in turn engender a strong commitment among the rest of the staff 'to work together to ensure pupils achieve high academic standards'.
The school takes concerted actions to make sure all groups of pupils do equally well. Arrangements to check every pupil's progress are rigorous, and the school's analysis of all the information that the teachers collect is increasing refined. The performance of all groups within the school is carefully evaluated. This has resulted in the gap between the performance of boys and girls narrowing; although, in writing, more work is needed to ensure that boys do as well as girls.
Monitoring is extensive, and evaluation provides an accurate picture of the school's performance. Records of the monitoring of the quality of teaching for example are accurate and provide helpful points for development. However, lesson observations focus heavily on the quality of teaching rather than its impact on the learning and progress of the pupils. Consequently, these activities are not providing a sharp insight into how the school might build on its good performance and achieve excellent outcomes for all pupils.
There is a comprehensive improvement plan that clearly outlines the school's priorities. Progress toward reaching the goals within the plan is monitored by the governing body. The school has positive relationships with parents and keeps them well informed through the pupils' diaries and frequent newsletters. Wider partnerships, such as those developed through the Comenius Project have generated a number of links with schools in other countries and form an important part of the school's promotion of community cohesion. The school prides itself on being at the heart of its local community. Arrangements to ensure the safety of the pupils are satisfactory. The school carries out checks on all personnel in line with current requirements as part of the recruitment procedures.
These are the grades for leadership and management
|The effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement|
Taking into account:
The leadership and management of teaching and learning
|The effectiveness of the governing body in challenging and supporting the|
school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and statutory responsibilities met
|The effectiveness of the school's engagement with parents and carers||2|
|The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being||2|
|The effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination||2|
|The effectiveness of safeguarding procedures||3|
|The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion||2|
|The effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money||2|
Most children start school with the skills expected for their age. They get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage because they are well-taught and are encouraged to be independent. They participate in an interesting range of well-planned activities in the Nursery and Reception classes, some led by adults and some chosen by themselves. The children's welfare is particularly well promoted. As a result, they grow in confidence.
The children make good progress in all areas of learning. The standards reached by the children frequently meet and, for some exceed expectations for the end of the Reception Year. The children are well prepared for Year 1. Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage, the children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities, often associated with role play, to promote their personal and social development. There is an appropriate emphasis on the teaching of phonics, and the celebration of World Book Day was used effectively to promote an appreciation of books. The outside area is used well, but the time available is currently shared between the Nursery and Reception classes and this hampers the free flow of activities from indoors to out during some sessions. Improvement of the outdoor area adjacent to the Nursery and Reception classes has been identified as a priority for the Early Years Foundation Stage leader and the senior leadership team. Adults are very thorough in their assessments of each child's progress, carefully observing and noting steps in their development. All assessments are shared with parents through the children's home/school books.
These are the grades for the Early Years Foundation Stage
|Overall effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage|
Taking into account:
Outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
The quality of provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage
The effectiveness of leadership and management of the Early Years Foundation
The very large majority of parents have very positive views of the school. Many commented very favourably about the quality of teaching, the good care and attention that their children receive and the wide range of opportunities available to the pupils. Several parents commented on the success of the new school, the effective leadership and the commitment of the teachers. A few parents expressed concerns about communication between home and school. A number of these comments related to a recent temporary change of teacher. The school acknowledges that parents were given short notice in this instance, but inspectors found that, generally, parents receive a good range of information.
Ofsted invited all the registered parents and carers of pupils registered at Caddington Village School to complete a questionnaire about their views of the school.
In the questionnaire, parents and carers were asked to record how strongly they agreed with 13 statements about the school. The inspection team received 202 completed questionnaires by the end of the on-site inspection. In total, there are 519 pupils registered at the school.
|My child enjoys school||110||55||84||42||5||3||0||0|
|The school keeps my child safe||101||51||96||48||1||1||0||0|
|My school informs me about my child's progress||77||38||108||54||14||7||2||1|
|My child is making enough progress at this school||86||43||93||47||18||9||3||2|
|The teaching is good at this school||92||47||96||49||8||4||1||1|
|The school helps me to support my child's learning||78||39||102||52||14||7||4||2|
|The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle||77||38||120||60||4||2||0||0|
|The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example changing year group, changing school, and for children who are finishing school, entering further or higher education, or entering employment)||77||40||107||56||7||4||1||1|
|The school meets my child's particular needs||73||37||106||54||14||7||4||2|
|The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour||86||43||102||51||12||6||1||0|
|The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns||70||36||111||57||10||5||3||2|
|The school is led and managed effectively||91||46||101||51||5||3||1||1|
|Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school||96||48||94||47||8||4||2||1|
The table above summarises the responses that parents and carers made to each statement. The percentages indicate the proportion of parents and carers giving that response out of the total number of completed questionnaires. Where one or more parents and carers chose not to answer a particular question, the percentages will not add up to 100%.
|Grade 1||Outstanding||These features are highly effective. An oustanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs.|
|Grade 2||Good||These are very positive features of a school. A school that is good is serving its pupils well.|
|Grade 3||Satisfactory||These features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils.|
|Grade 4||Inadequate||These features are not of an acceptable standard. An inadequate school needs to make significant improvement in order to meet the needs of its pupils. Ofsted inspectors will make further visits until it improves.|
|Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)|
|Type of school||Outstanding||Good||Satisfactory||Inadequate|
|Pupil referral |
the progress and success of a pupil in their learning, development or training.
the standard of the pupils' work shown by test and examination results and in lessons.
|Capacity to improve:|
the proven ability of the school to continue improving. Inspectors base this judgement on what the school has accomplished so far and on the quality of its systems to maintain improvement.
|Leadership and management:|
the contribution of all the staff with responsibilities, not just the headteacher, to identifying priorities, directing and motivating staff and running the school.
how well pupils acquire knowledge, develop their understanding, learn and practise skills and are developing their competence as learners.
inspectors form a judgement on a school's overall effectiveness based on the findings from their inspection of the school. The following judgements, in particular, influence what the overall effectiveness judgement will be.
the rate at which pupils are learning in lessons and over longer periods of time. It is often measured by comparing the pupils' attainment at the end of a key stage with their attainment when they started.
8 March 2010
Inspection of Caddington Village School, Caddington, LU1 4JD
It was a pleasure to be in your school last week, to see you all in costume to celebrate World Book Day, and to see how well you responded to the opportunities to 'drop everything and read'. It was also good to see the positive relationships you have with your teachers.
You go to a good school which is very welcoming and supports you very well to make good progress. However, boys are not making quite as much progress as girls are in writing. I have asked the teachers to take steps to help the boys to make faster progress. You also make good progress in many aspects of your personal development. You behaved very well in most of the lessons we visited. Those of you we spoke to told us how much you enjoy school and how safe you feel at playtimes. Some of you also said that the school provides lots of opportunities, particularly to play sport, that help you to keep fit. You have a very good understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
The teachers make most lessons interesting, and you respond by being attentive and concentrating on the task they set. You are given a lot of help and guidance to reach you targets, but sometimes your work is not marked in a way that helps you to improve it. I have asked the teachers to mark your work so that you know what you need to do next. You can help by responding to teachers' comments in your books and by using them to improve your next piece of work.
The headteacher and teachers have achieved a lot since the school opened in 2008. The senior leaders do a lot of checking to see that lessons are going well, but are not always checking that the teaching is helping you to learn and make progress at a good pace. I have asked the senior leadership team to look closely at your learning and progress in lessons so that they can make the school even better.
I hope that you continue to really enjoy all that you do at school, and that in the future you achieve as well as you possibly can.
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