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Collingwood Primary School

Collingwood Primary School
Collingwood Road
South Woodham Ferrers

01245 322258

Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Buckland-Garnett


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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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Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number115305
Local AuthorityESSEX LA
Inspection number311905
Inspection date13 March 2008
Reporting inspectorDerek Watts

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Type of schoolPrimary
School categoryFoundation
Age range of pupils4-11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)302
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection15 September 2003
School addressCollingwood Road
South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford
Essex CM3 5YJ
Telephone number01245 322258
Fax number01245 322449
ChairMr Rob Tucker
HeadteacherMrs Amanda Buckland-Garnett


The inspection was carried out by an Additional Inspector.

The inspector evaluated the overall effectiveness of the school and investigated the following aspects: how well leadership and management were improving provision, and pupils' progress in writing and mathematics, particularly for the more able.

Evidence was gathered from lesson observations, a scrutiny of pupils' work and school documentation. An analysis of the parents' questionnaires and discussions with pupils, governors and staff also contributed to the judgements. Other aspects of the school's work were not investigated in detail, but the inspector found no evidence to suggest that the school's own assessments, as given in its self-evaluation form, were not justified, and these have been included where appropriate in this report.

Description of the school

Collingwood is a larger than average size primary school. The vast majority of pupils come from the local area of South Woodham Ferrers. Most pupils are from a White British background. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who need additional support is below average. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is also below average. The headteacher took up her post in September 2006.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

Collingwood Primary is a good school. Pupils achieve well because the quality of teaching is good and by the end of Year 6, the standards pupils attain are above average. The good care, guidance and support provided by the staff results in pupils' good personal development.

Parents are very pleased with both the care and education provided for their children. In the parental questionnaires, parents commented very positively on the staff's openness, the good quality of teaching, improved pupil progress and better communication. The following comments summed up the views of many, 'The teaching staff are approachable at all times,' 'Children are making good progress thanks to good teaching,' 'Communication with the parents has greatly improved with the introduction of a fantastic newsletter. I have been especially pleased that teachers keep me informed about my children's progress and their targets.'

Leadership and management are good and focus effectively on pupils' learning and achievement. The headteacher provides good educational direction for the school. Other leadership roles and responsibilities are more effectively shared and developed than at the time of the last inspection. Leaders' monitoring and evaluation skills are developing well. Performance is systematically reviewed and the findings are used effectively to plan improvements. The resulting priorities, such as raising achievement and standards in writing and mathematics for the more able, are accurate and appropriate. Recent improvements to assessment and individual target setting are improving pupils' learning. Governors support the school and have a good understanding of its performance and current improvement priorities.

Teachers have good relationships with their pupils. They make the purpose of lessons clear so pupils know what they are expected to learn. Staff's clear instructions, demonstrations and explanations promote learning well. Teachers now use assessment more effectively to match activities and tasks to pupils' abilities and needs. When this happens, pupils are challenged well and make good gains in their learning. Occasionally, there is an over-reliance on worksheets, which restricts pupils' ability to plan and organise their own work. A few lessons are led too much by teachers and pupils are not actively involved in their learning.

Children in Reception make a sound start to their education. By Year 2, standards are just above average overall. In 2007, pupils achieved most success in reading; fewer pupils did as well in writing and mathematics. The school is working to improve this. In the same year, national test results for Year 6 pupils were above average in English, mathematics and science. Information about pupils' progress shows that they made good progress from Years 3 to 6 in all three subjects. Progress in mathematics improved last year because of action taken by the school. Staff training, along with targeting specific pupil groups, and increases in problem-solving work contributed to this. The school is improving the range of opportunities for pupils to write, but there are insufficient opportunities for pupils to apply and develop writing in a range of subjects. While improving writing is a whole school priority, there are are few examples of pupils' written work on display. The school has tackled the progress of the more able in mathematics well but leaders are aware that there is scope to challenge the more able in writing further. Pupils who find learning difficult make good progress because they receive helpful support.

The curriculum promotes pupils' good progress and contributes well to their personal development. The school is developing better links between subjects; this approach is adding meaning and relevance to pupils' learning. Imaginative activities, such as a 'victory' party as the culmination of Years' 5 and 6 World War II studies, greatly enhance their enjoyment and engagement. Information and communication technology (ICT) is used well to support teaching and learning in a range of areas. A good range of clubs, visits and visitors enrich pupils' learning. Pupils thoroughly enjoy these aspects of school life.

Pastoral care is good and there are effective procedures to ensure that pupils are safe and secure at school. There are now effective systems to assess and track pupils' attainment and progress. Pupils have specific personal learning targets in reading, writing and mathematics, so they know what they need to do to improve. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school and this is reflected by their good attendance and keen participation in all activities. Behaviour is often exemplary, this is because staff have clear expectations and there are good relationships between adults and pupils. Pupils adopt healthy lifestyles and show an excellent understanding of the importance of healthy eating and exercising regularly. They have a good understanding of staying safe. They contribute well to the wider community by organising events, which raise funds for well-known charities. At Collingwood, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education because by the time they leave, they have good skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT. In addition to these, their personal and social skills are very well developed.

The school systematically reviews its performance and takes positive action to bring about needed improvements. Recent improvements to assessment, to pupils' progress in mathematics and the maintenance of above average standards by Year 6, demonstrate a good capacity to improve.

Effectiveness of the Foundation Stage

Grade: 3

Children's attainment when they start school is broadly typical for their age. By the end of Reception, standards are in line with national expectations. Children enjoy their learning and relate well with adults and other children. They quickly settle into routines and make good gains in their personal development. They make satisfactory progress in other areas of learning. Children benefit from teachers' clear instructions and explanations. They are keen to participate in the satisfactory range of activities provided. At times, their work is over-directed and this restricts children's opportunities to explore and work independently. The school is working to improve this area, but the outcomes are not consistent. As a result, the teaching and learning are satisfactory.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Raise achievement in writing by increasing the range of extended writing opportunities and by celebrating pupils' writing more widely.
  • Enhance the quality of learning in the Foundation Stage by increasing the children's independence and by giving them greater freedom to explore their own interests.
  • Plan lessons to ensure that pupils are actively engaged in their learning.

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool Overall
Overall effectiveness
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?2
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspection Yes
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?2
The effectiveness of the Foundation Stage3
The capacity to make any necessary improvements2
Achievement and standards
How well do learners achieve?2
The standards1 reached by learners2
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners2
How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress2
1 Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?2
The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles1
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices2
How well learners enjoy their education2
The attendance of learners2
The behaviour of learners1
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community2
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being2
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?2
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?2
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?2
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?2
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education2
How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards2
The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation2
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can2
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 2
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
Does this school require special measures?No
Does this school require a notice to improve?No

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

14 March 2008

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Collingwood Primary School, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5YJ

Thank you so much for welcoming me into your school and showing me your work. I enjoyed my visit and would like to tell you what I have found. Collingwood is a good school and here are some of its strengths.

  • You all thoroughly enjoy school and your attendance is good.
  • The school is a friendly, caring and pleasant place to be.
  • Behaviour is often exemplary in lessons and around the school.
  • Teaching is good, which is why you are learning so well.
  • Effective assessment and clear learning targets contribute to your good progress.
  • By the end of Year 6, standards are above average.
  • The staff provide a good range of clubs and visits, which enhance your learning.
  • You show an excellent understanding of healthy lifestyles.
  • The school is well led by your headteacher and she receives good support from other senior staff.
  • Staff take good care of you and give you good support.
  • There is a good partnership with parents and they are very pleased with the care and education provided.

I have asked your teachers to work on three areas to make your school even better.

  • Improve your progress in writing by celebrating your successes and increasing the range of extended writing opportunities.
  • Ensure that children in the Foundation Stage have good opportunities to explore and work independently.
  • Give you more opportunities to be actively involved in your learning.

Finally, thank you once again for all your help. I wish you all the very best for the future.

With kind regards

Derek Watts

Lead inspector

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website:

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