School etc

Sambourne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Sambourne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Sambourne Road

phone: 01985 212458

headteacher: Mrs Cathy Chalk

reveal email: adm…


school holidays: via Wiltshire council

133 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
238 pupils capacity: 56% full

75 boys 56%


60 girls 45%


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: 386987, Northing: 144627
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.201, Longitude: -2.1876
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Sept. 19, 2013
Diocese of Salisbury
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › South West Wiltshire › Warminster Broadway
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

rooms to rent in Warminster

Schools nearby

  1. 0.3 miles The Minster CofE Primary School BA128JA (217 pupils)
  2. 0.4 miles Princecroft Primary School BA128NT (112 pupils)
  3. 0.4 miles Warminster School BA128PJ (513 pupils)
  4. 0.6 miles The Avenue Primary School and Children's Centre BA129AA (301 pupils)
  5. 0.7 miles New Close Community School BA129JJ (185 pupils)
  6. 0.9 miles St John's CofE School BA129JY (123 pupils)
  7. 1 mile Warminster Kingdown BA129DR
  8. 1 mile Warminster Kingdown BA129DR (1602 pupils)
  9. 1.3 mile St George's Catholic Primary School, Warminster BA129EZ (136 pupils)
  10. 1.4 mile Crockerton CofE Primary School BA128AB (100 pupils)
  11. 1.4 mile Bishopstrow College BA129HU (61 pupils)
  12. 2.7 miles Sutton Veny CofE School BA127AP (171 pupils)
  13. 2.9 miles Corsley Church of England Primary School BA127QF
  14. 2.9 miles Steiner Academy Frome BA127QF (160 pupils)
  15. 3.4 miles Dilton Marsh CofE Primary School BA134DY (201 pupils)
  16. 3.4 miles Chapmanslade Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School BA134AN (110 pupils)
  17. 3.4 miles Dilton Marsh CofE Primary School BA134DY
  18. 3.5 miles Fairfield Opportunity Farm (Dilton Ltd) - Fairfield Opportunity Farm College BA134DL
  19. 3.6 miles Westbury Leigh CofE Primary School BA133UR (403 pupils)
  20. 3.6 miles Heytesbury Church of England Primary School BA120EA (65 pupils)
  21. 3.7 miles Horningsham Primary School BA127LW (79 pupils)
  22. 3.9 miles Matravers School BA133QH (969 pupils)
  23. 4.1 miles Westbury Infants' School BA133NY (179 pupils)
  24. 4.2 miles Westbury Church of England Junior School BA133LY (226 pupils)

List of schools in Warminster

27 November 2013

Mrs Cathy Chalk
Sambourne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Sambourne Road
BA12 8LF
Dear Mrs Chalk

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Sambourne Church
of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Following my visit to your school on 26 November 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
further action to:

 ensure that the focus of school improvement activities closely match

the school’s priorities, and that this is reflected in the school’s written


 ensure there are short-term targets in the improvement plan so that

senior leaders and the governing body can evaluate the impact of
improvements on a regular basis.

1-4 Portland Square
T 0300 123 1231
Text Phone: 0161 6188524
reveal email: enqu…
Direct T 0117 311 5323
Direct F 0117 315 0430
Email: reveal email: suzy…


During the visit, I met with you, your deputy headteacher and the assistant
headteacher to discuss the context of the school and your work since the inspection.
You showed me around your school and explained your recent and planned
developments. I met with two members of the governing body and held a phone
conversation with the Chair of the Governing Body. I also spoke to a representative
from the local authority. During the visit, I also evaluated reports from the local
authority, a range of your monitoring reports, current assessment data and the
school improvement plan.

Main findings

Since the inspection, the school has continued to focus on raising the quality of
teaching so that the rate of progress improves for all pupils. The school’s tracking of
pupil progress indicates that achievement is improving and this was also the finding

of the local authority’s most recent monitoring report. There is a detailed action plan

in place that contains clear intended final outcomes based on improved progress for
pupils. Currently, the action plan covers a broad range of activity and does not focus
specifically on the key areas that require improvement.
Governors are committed to the school and have taken on board the findings of the
inspection. They have strengthened the link governor role to become ‘ambassadors’
so that they are more able to monitor the school and hold it to account. However,
governors have not established procedures, which show how they monitor and
evaluate the progress of the school. At present, they are not sufficiently focused on
monitoring how well the improvement actions being undertaken impact on pupils’
outcomes. They also need to consider the impact of these actions on the progress of
vulnerable pupils in the school.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection. I will return to the
school within the next twelve months to evaluate the school’s progress to date.

External support

The local authority meets regularly with the school to monitor its progress and
evaluate the effectiveness of the actions taken. They provide additional support and
training for the headteacher and governing body to further strengthen leadership in
the school. Consequently, the local authority is supporting the school to improve.
The governing body has yet to seek further support from the local authority to
ensure that they develop the skills needed to effectively hold the school to account.
I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s
Services for Wiltshire and the Diocese of Salisbury.
Yours sincerely
Phillip Minns

Her Majesty’s Inspector

print / save trees, print less