Oakfield Primary School

Oakfield Primary School (Closed For Academy - Oct. 31, 2012)
Oakfield Road
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV226AU

Phone:01788 *** ***
Headteacher: Mrs H Fielding

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Schools nearby

  1. Oakfield Primary School CV226AU
  2. 0.1 miles St Marie's Catholic Junior School CV227AF (211 pupils)
  3. 0.1 miles St Marie's Catholic Primary School and Nursery CV227AU (444 pupils)
  4. 0.2 miles Bloxam Middle School CV227AU
  5. 0.2 miles St Marie's Nursery and Catholic Infant School CV226AQ (229 pupils)
  6. 0.2 miles St Matthew's Bloxam CofE Primary School CV227AU (250 pupils)
  7. 0.3 miles St Matthew's CofE First School CV212AU
  8. 0.3 miles Bishop Wulstan Catholic School CV225EA (318 pupils)
  9. 0.3 miles Harris School CV226EA (885 pupils)
  10. 0.4 miles Rugby School CV225EH (798 pupils)
  11. 0.5 miles Tyntesfield School CV226DY
  12. 0.5 miles Brooke School CV226DY (141 pupils)
  13. 0.5 miles Rokeby Primary School CV225PE (229 pupils)
  14. 0.6 miles Rokeby Infant School CV225PE (142 pupils)
  15. 0.6 miles Rokeby Junior School CV225PE (147 pupils)
  16. 0.6 miles St Oswald's CofE Primary School CV227DJ (224 pupils)
  17. 0.7 miles Lawrence Sheriff School CV213AG (888 pupils)
  18. 0.9 miles Northlands Primary School CV212SS (231 pupils)
  19. 0.9 miles St Andrew's CofE Middle School CV212NN
  20. 0.9 miles Crescent School CV227QH (161 pupils)
  21. 1 mile Bawnmore Community Infant School CV226JS (179 pupils)
  22. 1 mile Henry Hinde Infant School CV227JQ (179 pupils)
  23. 1 mile Henry Hinde Infant School CV227JQ (179 pupils)
  24. 1.1 mile Eastern Area Pupil Referral Unit CV213TU

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213 pupils, Mixed

118 boys
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number
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95 girls
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Ofsted report


Oakfield Primary School


Inspection report

Unique Reference Number125578
Local AuthorityWarwickshire
Inspection number340796
Inspection dates26–27 May 2010
Reporting inspectorClive Lewis


This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
Type of schoolPrimary
School categoryCommunity
Age range of pupils4–11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number of pupils on the school roll191
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
ChairDavid Wright
HeadteacherHeather Fielding
Date of previous school inspection 27 February 2007
School addressOakfield Road
Rugby
CV22 6AU
Telephone number01788 565021
Fax number01788 571231
Email addressHead2419@we-learn.com







Age group4–11
Inspection dates26–27 May 2010
Inspection number340796



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Introduction


This inspection was carried out by three additional inspectors. Inspectors observed 12 lessons, taught by eight teachers. Meetings were held with governors, staff, pupils and, informally, with parents and carers. Inspectors observed the school's work, including a sample of pupils' books, teachers' planning documents, tracking and assessment data, and analysed questionnaires from 28 parents and carers, 77 pupils and 20 staff.

The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school's work. It looked in detail at the following:

    • the quality of provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage
    • the standard of behaviour across the school
    • variations in the quality of teaching and, hence, progress across the school
    • the rigour of the school's strategies to improve levels of attendance.

Information about the school


This school is smaller than average. Mobility is very high as families move in and out of the area. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is very high and has increased significantly over the last two years. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is broadly average, as is the proportion learning English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is well above average, as is the proportion of pupils with statements of educational need. The school has gained the International School and Investors in People awards, the Activemark accreditation for its work in promoting physical education, and it has Healthy Schools status.



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

Inspection judgements


Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?

3


The school's capacity for sustained improvement

3


Main findings


Oakfield is a satisfactory school that is improving steadily. Staff have responded positively to the support and guidance they have received for developing English and mathematics and teaching is now at least satisfactory across the school, although the most able pupils are not always challenged enough. Children make satisfactory progress in the Nursery and Reception classes and across the school. However, the curriculum for Nursery and Reception children is not always sufficiently matched to children's needs. Pupils' progress and attainment have improved steadily over the past four years and standards in English and mathematics are now broadly average at Year 6. Parents and carers are very supportive of the school. One parent commented: 'Oakfield attempts to produce "rounded" children equipped with all the necessary skills to go forward to senior school and into their future; the majority of children leave this school with valuable life lessons.' Staff clearly want the best for each child and strive hard to achieve this goal by working closely with families and external agencies.

Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep safe and appreciate the need for healthy lifestyles. Parents and carers say their children enjoy coming to school and pupils agree. However, levels of attendance remain below average, despite improvements and the school's rigorous strategies to lift attendance. This situation occurs because a small minority of pupils do not attend regularly or punctually, and this has a disproportionate impact given the relatively small size of the school. A strong moral code is implicit within the school's ethos and this is reflected in pupils' good behaviour. This, in turn, has a positive effect on the progress pupils make in lessons. The revised curriculum ensures that standards are improving steadily and pupils receive a good variety of interesting activities and experiences through visits, residential stays and visitors to school. Pupils particularly enjoy the after-school activities and clubs, including physical activities. The school has good arrangements for the care of all pupils, which contribute to their well-being and support their learning effectively. Staff know and care deeply for all pupils and provide rigorous procedures to help ensure that all pupils, including those in disadvantaged circumstances, are able to access the curriculum and make progress. Data from the school's assessment and tracking system are used well to ensure that any pupil falling behind is identified quickly and support is provided promptly. The school has very good links with the local community and organisations, and is developing ties with groups in this country and overseas. The school is aware of the urgent need to finalise plans for improving safety on the lower playground. In all other respects, it is rigorous in ensuring the safeguarding of pupils. The school has a broadly accurate understanding of how well it is doing and what needs to be done next and demonstrates a satisfactory capacity to maintain and sustain improvement.


What does the school need to do to improve further?


  • Finalise, with immediate effect, and action swiftly thereafter, appropriate strategies to improve pupils' safety when playing on the lower playground.
  • Improve staffing, planning and resources in the Early Years Foundation Stage so as to ensure a curriculum that is appropriate and relevant for both the youngest Nursery children and the oldest Reception children at all times.
  • Reduce avoidable absence by promoting the importance of regular attendance with all parents and carers.
  • Improve the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good or better throughout the school, particularly by ensuring appropriate challenge for more able pupils in all lessons and consistently pointing out what steps pupils should take to improve further.
  • About 40% of the schools whose overall effectiveness is judged satisfactory may receive a monitoring visit by an Ofsted inspector before their next section 5 inspection.

Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils

3


Observations and data confirm that standards at Year 6, which were well below average, have improved steadily over the last four years. Results in the 2009 national tests improved on those of the previous year, and standards in English and mathematics were broadly average. Pupils make satisfactory progress from their starting points. However, attainment in science was significantly below national averages. Inspectors saw a similar picture, reflecting the school's strong and successful focus on improving reading, writing and mathematics, although it has yet to be as successful with science. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress because of the very effective support provided by teachers, teaching assistants and outside agencies.

Although the school caters for a number of pupils with significant behavioural difficulties, it has very good systems and strategies to support these pupils. Observations during lessons and around the school confirm that, in the great majority of cases, pupils' behaviour is good and a credit to the school. Pupils show respect for the feelings and beliefs of others. Most have good attitudes to learning and develop considerate relationships with peers and adults. They understand the need for healthy lifestyles and exercise. They say they feel safe in school. Pupils have a good range of opportunities to contribute to school and local communities through the work of the school council and regular collections for a number of charities. The school has good systems to monitor and improve attendance and makes very good use of a range of partnerships to encourage regular attendance. As a result, improvements to attendance have been made over the last three years. Nevertheless, there remains a small but persistent minority of pupils who continue to give the school concern.


These are the grades for pupils' outcomes

Pupils' achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning
Taking into account:
          Pupils' attainment¹
          The quality of pupils' learning and their progress
          The quality of learning for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their progress
3
3
3
2
The extent to which pupils feel safe2
Pupils' behaviour2
The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community2
The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being
Taking into account:
          Pupils' attendance¹
3
4
The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2

1 The grades for attainment and attendance are: 1 is high; 2 is above average; 3 is broadly average; and 4 is low


How effective is the provision?


There are some strong features in the teaching provided, and a number of good and one outstanding lesson were observed. Nonetheless, teaching is not consistently good enough to ensure the rapid progress pupils must make in order to raise attainment further. Most teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge. They ensure classroom routines are made clear and regularly reinforced so that learning takes place in a well-structured environment in which all pupils can contribute to lessons. Learning intentions are made clear at the beginning of each lesson and, as a result, pupils know precisely what it is that they are expected to do. Teachers are developing a better understanding of the progress the pupils in their care are making due to a regular half-termly analysis of assessment and tracking data. Despite this, in a small number of satisfactory lessons, the pace of learning was inconsistent and work was not always sufficiently challenging for the more able pupils. A strong emphasis is placed on promoting positive behaviour. Teachers' marking of pupils' work is up-to-date and encouraging but does not consistently point out what steps pupils should take to improve further. The curriculum has been improved recently by a move towards more cross-curricular themes, and pupils told inspectors that they liked their new lessons. Pupils are provided with a good range of enrichment opportunities to develop new skills and interests. These include well-attended after-school clubs, with sports activities taught by professional coaches. The school's good arrangements for the care of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, contribute to their good development and well-being and support their learning very well. The school provides a safe haven for many of its pupils and helps them to manage their behaviour and feelings. When needed, a wide range of specialists and support agencies is called upon to support those pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable.


These are the grades for the quality of provision

The quality of teaching
Taking into account:
          The use of assessment to support learning
3
3
The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs, including, where relevant, through partnerships2
The effectiveness of care, guidance and support2


How effective are leadership and management?


The headteacher, with the support of senior leaders and the local authority, has successfully introduced a number of initiatives designed to arrest underachievement and instil a culture of accountability in the staff and pupils. Improvements include securing good behaviour in lessons and around the school, strengthening the rigour of systems for improving attendance and monitoring and supporting teaching so that it is now satisfactory or better across the school. The school has also improved the analysis and use of assessment and tracking data, and has introduced a more child-friendly curriculum. Key subject leaders are starting to effect improvements in English and mathematics. Progress has improved as a result of these initiatives. The governing body has a reasonable overview of the school's work and future priorities and governors are fulfilling their roles satisfactorily. The school has good relationships with most parents and carers and its good partnerships with outside agencies support pupils' learning and well-being. The school promotes equality of opportunity so that pupils with additional learning needs narrow the gap with their classmates, although more able pupils are not always pushed enough. The school has a good understanding of its religious, ethnic and socio-economic characteristics and those of the local community. It has developing links with a school in a contrasting environment in the United Kingdom and strong links with a primary school in Ghana. The school has satisfactory safeguarding procedures. It identifies dangers, fosters a realistic understanding of risk and helps pupils to keep themselves safe. However, the leadership and governing body are aware of the urgent need to finalise plans and make the changes necessary to improve safety for the lower playground.


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
3
3
The effectiveness of the governing body in challenging and supporting the
school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and statutory responsibilities met
3
The effectiveness of the school's engagement with parents and carers2
The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being2
The effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination3
The effectiveness of safeguarding procedures3
The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion2
The effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money3


Early Years Foundation Stage


Children make satisfactory progress as they move through the Nursery and Reception classes and clearly enjoy school. They have settled into the routines well and play happily together and independently. They undertake a variety of whole-class and group activities and, in most cases, cooperate well when working with others. They delight in learning and seeing new things. Good relationships are being developed with parents and carers through daily contact. Pastoral care and welfare arrangements are good. Consequently, children are safe, well cared for and aware of how to be healthy. Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well-supported and are integrated well into all activities. Adults have a sound knowledge of the learning and development and welfare requirements and guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. They manage children and their behaviour appropriately. However, for much of each day, Nursery and Reception children work and play together at the same activities, indoors and out. Current staffing, planning and resourcing do not always take sufficient account of the differing needs of the youngest Nursery children and Reception children who are about to enter the more formal environment of Year 1.


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
          Stage
3
3
3
3


Views of parents and carers


Only a small percentage of parents and carers responded to the parental questionnaire. However, of those who did respond, the very large majority had very positive views of almost all the school's provision. All felt that their children enjoy school, that the school keeps pupils safe, informs parents and carers of how they can support their children and declared themselves, overall, very happy with the school. However, a significant minority felt that the school does not deal effectively with unacceptable behaviour. The inspectors investigated this aspect of provision very carefully and found that, although the school does have more pupils than average with significant behavioural difficulties, it has very effective policies and strategies for dealing with these pupils. The behaviour of the great majority of pupils is good, both in lessons and the playground.



Responses from parents and carers to Ofsted's questionnaire


Ofsted invited all the registered parents and carers of pupils registered at Oakfield Primary 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 28 completed questionnaires by the end of the on-site inspection. In total, there are 191 pupils registered at the school.


StatementsStrongly
agree
AgreeDisagreeStrongly
disagree
Total%Total%Total%Total%
My child enjoys school19689320000
The school keeps my child safe155413460000
My school informs me about my child's progress124316570000
My child is making enough progress at this school113916571400
The teaching is good at this school145012430000
The school helps me to support my child's learning113915540000
The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle103616570000
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)93218641400
The school meets my child's particular needs82919681400
The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour621165762100
The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns113916571400
The school is led and managed effectively72519681400
Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school134615540000

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%.



Glossary


What inspection judgements mean


GradeJudgementDescription
Grade 1OutstandingThese features are highly effective. An oustanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs.
Grade 2GoodThese are very positive features of a school. A school that is good is serving its pupils well.
Grade 3SatisfactoryThese features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils.
Grade 4InadequateThese 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 of schools


Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)
Type of schoolOutstandingGoodSatisfactoryInadequate
Nursery schools514504
Primary schools6414210
Secondary schools8344414
Sixth forms1037503
Special schools3238255
Pupil referral
units
12433114
All schools9404010

New school inspection arrangements were introduced on 1 September 2009. This means that inspectors now make some additional judgements that were not made previously.

The data in the table above is for the period 1 September to 31 December 2009 and is the most recently published data available (see ofsted.gov.uk). Please note that the sample of schools inspected during the autumn term 2009 was not representative of all schools nationally, as weaker schools are inspected more frequently than good or outstanding schools.

Percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100. Secondary school figures include those that have sixth forms, and sixth form figures include only the data specifically for sixth form inspection judgements.



Common terminology used by inspectors


Achievement:

the progress and success of a pupil in their learning, development or training.

Attainment:

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.

Learning:

how well pupils acquire knowledge, develop their understanding, learn and practise skills and are developing their competence as learners.

Overall effectiveness:

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 school's capacity for sustained improvement.
  • Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils.
  • The quality of teaching.
  • The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs,  including, where relevant, through partnerships.
  • The effectiveness of care, guidance and support.
Progress:

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.



This letter is provided for the school, parents and
carers to share with their children. It describes Ofsted's
main findings from the inspection of their school.


28 May 2010

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Oakfield Primary School, Rugby, CV22 6AU

Thank you for welcoming the inspectors to your school and for talking to us about what you do there. Oakfield is a satisfactory school. Those who lead your school do so satisfactorily and provide you with good care and guidance. It was good to see that you clearly enjoy school and that you know how important it is to eat healthily and take regular exercise. It is to your credit that most of you behave well and get on well with each other and with all the staff. However, although your standards in reading, writing and mathematics are clearly improving, I want the school to further improve standards by:

    • making sure more of you attend school regularly and on time; this is one area where it is really up to you and your parents and carers to help the school to do better
    • making sure that all teachers give you work that really challenges you in all lessons so that you always do your best
    • ensure plans to improve safety on the lower playground are put into effect as soon as possible
    • improve planning and lessons in the Nursery and Reception classes so that all children have work to do that really makes them think.

Once again thank you for being so welcoming during our visit.

Yours sincerely

Clive Lewis

Lead inspector



Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaining about inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website: ofsted.gov.uk. If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 08456 404045, or email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk.