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St Francis Church of England Primary School

St Francis Church of England Primary School
Horspath Road

phone: 01865 468190

headteacher: Mrs Gillian Standing

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school holidays: via Oxfordshire council

322 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
320 pupils capacity: 101% full

175 boys 54%

≤ 243y234a34b64c155y206y177y168y239y2610y20

150 girls 47%

≤ 243y214b64c75y196y207y218y179y1410y19

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: 455272, Northing: 204593
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.737, Longitude: -1.201
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
March 27, 2014
Diocese of Oxford
Region › Const. › Ward
South East › Oxford East › Lye Valley
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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16 July 2014
Mr J Rubba
Executive Headteacher
St Francis Church of England Primary School
Horspath Road
Dear Mr Rubba

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to St Francis Church of
England Primary School

Following my visit to your school on 16 July 2014, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the 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
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in March 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.
The school should take further action to:

 ensure leaders’ feedback to teachers after lesson observations fully

reflects progress on the areas for improvement identified in previous


During the visit, meetings were held with you, your deputy headteacher and middle
leaders, governors and a representative of the local authority to discuss the action
taken since the last inspection. We went on a tour of the school visiting every class
and talked to pupils. I evaluated a range of documentation including the school
improvement plan, information relating to the monitoring of teaching, information
about pupils’ progress and records of governors’ meetings. With your deputy I

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looked at a selection of pupils’ books. A check was made of the single central record

of staff vetting.


The headteacher has very recently gone on maternity leave. You, a headteacher of a
local school, have been appointed as executive headteacher until Christmas, working
in the school four days a week. A new deputy headteacher joined in April. At the end
of term three staff are leaving, to be replaced by three new staff, including an
inclusion manager. There will be an additional Key Stage 2 class next term.

Main findings

The action plan focusses well on the areas for improvement. The actions are logical
to bring about the required change. It is clear who is responsible for each action and
the plan identifies small steps that can be checked on the way towards your longer
term goals.
There is evidence of pupils making better progress in all key stages, including in
writing and mathematics which were highlighted in your inspection report. However,
there remains much work to be done to make sure that all pupils are progressing
well, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The appointment of a new deputy headteacher has improved the capacity of the
leadership team to move the school forward and improve teaching. The addition of
yourself as executive headteacher is a sensible step to add to the school’s leadership
capacity whilst the headteacher is on leave.
Monitoring of teaching by senior leaders, along with training for all staff, is making a
positive impact on the classrooms. For example, on our learning walk your deputy
headteacher was able to point out the addition of helpful prompts in classrooms for
pupils on questioning, and the record of staff training shows a good focus on using
question in lessons. It is good to see that when lessons are observed by leaders,
more careful attention is paid to the progress of groups of pupils in the lesson and
over time, when evaluating the quality of teaching.
I am pleased to see that subject leaders are beginning to play more of a role in the
monitoring of teaching, through checking pupils’ work in books and analysing
records of their progress over time. The deputy headteacher is providing a strong
model of subject leadership.
Senior leaders are taking effective steps to improve the quality of teaching and
robustly tackling ineffective teaching. However, the feedback after lesson
observations does not always reflect back fully enough the areas for improvement
identified in previous lesson observations. This needs to be sharpened up if the pace
of change in teaching is to accelerate.
Governors are building well on the feedback from the external review to improve
their work. When governors visit the school they are beginning to look more at how
teaching is helping pupils to learn. Data is starting to be examined more closely by
governors to help evaluate the impact of the school’s work, and of additional pupil
premium funding.
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 is providing effective input through contributions to the
development plan, brokering support from you as executive headteacher and
providing access to subject consultants. The right regularity of meetings to check the
impact of these measures has been established.
I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Director of Children’s
Services for Oxfordshire and the Diocese of Oxford.
Yours sincerely
Fiona Bridger-Wilkinson

Seconded Inspector

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