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Capel St Mary Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Capel St Mary Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
The Street
Capel St Mary

phone: 01473 310386

headteacher: Mrs Wendy Kelway Ma Hons Npqh


school holidays: via Suffolk council

271 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
315 pupils capacity: 86% full

135 boys 50%

≤ 244a44b44c45y256y257y228y169y1710y7

140 girls 52%

≤ 264a54b34c135y146y197y108y199y2310y17

Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Controlled School

Education phase
Religious character
Church of England
Establishment type
Voluntary Controlled School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 609137, Northing: 238250
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.003, Longitude: 1.0455
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Sept. 17, 2013
Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Region › Const. › Ward
East of England › South Suffolk › Mid Samford
Town and Fringe - less sparse
Free school meals %

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5 December 2013
Wendy Kelway
Capel St Mary Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
The Street
Capel St Mary
Dear Ms Kelway

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Capel St Mary
Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Following my visit to your school on 4 December 2013, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the

findings of my visit. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in September 2013. It was carried
out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
action to:

use relevant information from the ‘Getting to Good’ training materials

discussed during the visit to further involve senior leaders in tightening
up the action plan.


During the visit, I held meetings with you, two teachers, four members of the
governing body, and representatives of the local authority and the diocese, to
discuss the action taken since the last inspection. I looked at work in pupils’ books
and considered a range of documents including the school action plan and records of
pupil progress meetings. We undertook short visits to all classes to see the pupils at


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Since the inspection, a new Chair of Governors has taken up post and a new parent
governor has been elected.

Main findings

You are continuing to drive improvement at Capel St Mary with passion and
commitment to secure the best quality of provision for all pupils at the school. Staff
say pupils’ learning is at the core of all you do. You have recognised the strengths
and expertise of staff and this is improving your team’s morale. Through involving
staff in planning for improvement, you have made sure that everyone understands
the part they have to play in getting the school to good.
Staff, governors and children are clear that you are making a difference. Staff are
encouraged to talk about their work and contribute ideas to improve learning. They
say their involvement in identifying strengths and weaknesses is helping their own
practice become sharper. Pupils are equally positive about your impact. One child
said, ‘She comes in our classes to see what we are doing a lot and it keeps me on


Your planning clearly addresses all of the areas for development identified during the
inspection. However, you agreed that dates and timescales by which these are
expected and will be checked could be made clearer. There are good examples of
the improvements happening because of early actions you have taken to move the
school to good. For example, the first assessment data are showing that most pupils
are making more progress and staff are using this data more effectively to shape
learning for pupils in their classes.
You have analysed pupils’ achievements and made sure that raised expectations for
progress are included in teachers’ performance management. You have checked the
accuracy of assessment and are working with the local high school to find out how
well pupils in Year 6 in 2013 were prepared to move on.
You are working closely with other local schools to develop your curriculum. Pupils
are using mathematics more meaningfully in different subjects and this is making it
more enjoyable. Teachers’ marking of pupils’ work in mathematics is starting to
include more moving on comments so that pupils know what to do next. Increased
challenge is evident in both marking and in the pupils’ responses. During our visits to
lessons we saw some good examples of pupils responding to marking and using
what they have learnt from that in their next lesson.
You have worked with senior leaders to make sure you all have the same
expectations and understanding of the elements of good and outstanding teaching.
You have ensured that mathematics and English leaders have time to monitor their
subjects and analyse the progress pupils are making. Regular meetings where you
review the quality of teaching, pupils’ work and the progress they are making are
enabling you and teachers to improve pupils’ learning experiences rapidly.
Governors have a clear understanding of improvement priorities. They have
restructured committees to ensure their continued monitoring is more aligned with
the action plan. The information you share about pupil achievement is keeping them
well informed because it is providing them with more detail, than in the past, of the
progress and attainment of different groups of children. Through attendance at
meetings with staff, they understand the processes you are using to improve
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority has a good understanding of the school and you are engaging
positively with the Challenge Partner, an experienced headteacher, they fund to
facilitate improvement. Records of visits and actions you are taking demonstrate that
you are making the most of the professional dialogue and review offered. Through
the good relationships established, the diocese provides extra mentoring as

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s

Services for Suffolk and the Director of Education for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury

and Ipswich.

Yours sincerely
Prue Rayner

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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