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Collingwood Primary School

Collingwood Primary School
Collingwood Road
South Woodham Ferrers

phone: 01245 322258

headteacher: Mrs Amanda Buckland-Garnett

reveal email: adm…


school holidays: via Essex council

242 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
315 pupils capacity: 77% full

135 boys 56%


110 girls 45%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Foundation School

Education phase
Establishment type
Foundation School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 581502, Northing: 196860
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.641, Longitude: 0.62167
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Feb. 6, 2014
Region › Const. › Ward
East of England › Maldon › South Woodham-Chetwood and Collingwood
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %
Trust school
Is supported by a Trust

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Schools nearby

  1. 0.3 miles Trinity St Mary's CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School, South Woodham Ferrers CM35JX (189 pupils)
  2. 0.3 miles St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, SWF CM35JX (196 pupils)
  3. 0.3 miles William de Ferrers School CM35JU
  4. 0.3 miles William de Ferrers School CM35JU (1851 pupils)
  5. 0.5 miles Elmwood Primary School CM35NB (333 pupils)
  6. 0.6 miles The Chetwood Primary School CM35ZD
  7. 1 mile Riverside Junior School SS56ND
  8. 1 mile Riverside Infant School SS56ND
  9. 1 mile Woodville Primary School CM35SE
  10. 1 mile Riverside Primary School SS56ND (292 pupils)
  11. 1 mile Woodville Primary School CM35SE (419 pupils)
  12. 2.1 miles St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School Woodham Ferrers CM38RJ (70 pupils)
  13. 2.7 miles The Park School SS69RN
  14. 2.8 miles Rettendon Primary School CM38DW (121 pupils)
  15. 2.8 miles Plumberow Primary School SS55BX
  16. 2.8 miles Hockley Primary School SS54UR (305 pupils)
  17. 2.8 miles Plumberow Primary School SS55BX (648 pupils)
  18. 2.9 miles Cold Norton Primary School CM36JE (154 pupils)
  19. 2.9 miles St Nicholas' Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Rawreth SS69NE (132 pupils)
  20. 3 miles Down Hall Primary School SS69LW (301 pupils)
  21. 3 miles Greensward College SS55HG
  22. 3 miles Greensward Academy SS55HG (1510 pupils)
  23. 3.2 miles Ashingdon School SS43LN
  24. 3.2 miles Ashingdon School SS43LN (209 pupils)

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18 June 2014
Mrs Amanda Buckland-Garnett
Collingwood Primary School
Collingwood Road
South Woodham Ferrers
Dear Mrs Buckland-Garnett

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Collingwood Primary

Following my visit to your school on 17 June 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s
Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection

findings. 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 February 2014. 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.


During the inspection, meetings were held with the headteacher and other senior
leaders and members of the governing body to discuss the action taken since the
last inspection. The school development plan was evaluated. I also scrutinised

information about pupils’ achievement, reports to the governing body, external
assessments of the school’s performance and records of the school’s observations of

teaching. We jointly observed teaching more than once in all eight classes in
addition to observations of reading and phonics teaching and other small group
activities. Before the inspection I spoke to an external consultant who is supporting
school improvement.

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Since the inspection four governors have resigned. Two have been replaced and the

governing body currently has two vacancies.

Main findings

The headteacher, senior leadership team and governing body can already

demonstrate impact on accelerating the school’s journey towards becoming at least

good. They have moved rapidly and decisively to improve the quality of teaching and
to address the weaknesses identified in the last inspection report. The school has
produced a thorough and detailed improvement plan. This plan is appropriately
focused on the areas for improvement identified in the most recent inspection report
while retaining important priorities the school has identified for itself. The plan is
very clear about who will do what and when, and is particularly strong in relation to

targets for pupils’ achievement. It is not sharp enough in setting success criteria for

actions linked to some other areas such as improving leadership and management.
The development plan outlines what has already been achieved very well. The
school vision statement has been rewritten. It retains the focus on the school as a
harmonious and welcoming place to learn but strengthens the focus on the progress

of all pupils. Extra support is being provided to accelerate pupils’ progress in Year 5.

Targeted support is now in place for older pupils whose knowledge of letters and
sounds is not as good as it should be and whose reading is suffering as a result.
Before-school education clubs have been provided to boost the achievement of

pupils. These are proving an effective strategy for improving pupils’ basic skills.

Activities are carefully chosen to match pupils’ interests and needs, with hot and cold
snacks and refreshments providing an additional incentive to attend.
Across the school, more teaching is now at least good. Every day now begins with a
range of reading activities for all pupils. Reading areas known as ‘book nooks’ have
been established in all classes and are proving successful in raising the profile of
reading across the school. The book nooks host a range of reading-based activities
for pupils to do, including research and book reviews. Every pupil keeps a reading
journal to track their progress in reading during their time in the school. Their use
has been improved since February so that the progress pupils make in reading is
better recorded. Wall displays are increasingly well used to exemplify high

expectations and celebrate good work. Pupils’ writing is prominently displayed, as

with the Year 6 work based on the diaries of Anne Frank and other work related to
the Second World War. Displays also feature useful words, questions and ideas for
pupils to make use of in their work. They encourage pupils to think about and
articulate questions about their work. Expectations of what pupils, particularly the
most able, can achieve are rising and teachers and setting work which more closely
matches the learning needs of their classes. Pupils are enthusiastic and eager to
learn and work together very well. Younger pupils are keen to talk to their partners,
sometimes making a start even before they have been told what to talk about.
Because the quality of teaching is improving, pupils attainment is rising and their
progress is beginning to accelerate. Year 6 pupils are forecast to achieve well, with
some big gains on 2013. A number of pupils are expected to attain the higher Level
6 in reading and writing. This will be a first for the school. Year 1 pupils are
expected to perform much better in the national phonics screening check.
Attainment for Year 2 is set to be similar to last year but with a higher proportion
reaching the higher Level 3 in reading, writing and mathematics.

Pupils’ behaviour and their attitudes to learning were a strength at the time of the

last inspection and this remains the case. Relationships are good, pupils behave well
in lessons and around the school and they have positive attitudes to learning. They
are polite, welcoming, proud of their school and smartly dressed.
Senior and subject leaders now monitor the quality of teaching and learning,

including teachers’ planning, more frequently and effectively. Following advice from

an external consultant, the school moved very quickly to improve the recording and
reporting of its observations of teaching in order to enhance subject specific
feedback and targets. There is good evidence of the impact of lesson observations
on the quality of teaching. Areas for improvement from one observation are
routinely checked on in subsequent observations. Subject leadership is now
stronger. Subject leaders are knowledgeable about the quality of teaching and

pupils’ achievement. The school is well prepared for the introduction of the new

National Curriculum in September.
The governing body is playing an important part in school improvement. Those
governors spoken to were clear about what has improved and what still needs to be
done. Members of the governing body have attended meetings with staff to plan and
monitor the school development plan. They know how well pupils are doing and
speak with confidence about the performance of particular groups of pupils. They
are enthusiastic and very well placed to hold the school to account for pupils’
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 school has made good use of external support and advice. The school has
valued the challenge from its independent consultants and has acted quickly to act
on their advice. The local authority linked advisor has provided regular and valued
support in reviewing the quality of teaching, contributing to the process of
improvement planning and working with the mathematics and English subject
leaders to monitor pupils’ achievement. She has also worked with the deputy
headteacher to enhance leadership and management.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Essex local authority.

Yours sincerely
Robert Lovett

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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