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St Luke's CofE Primary School

St Luke's CofE Primary School
Cookham Road

phone: 01628 621600

headteacher: Mrs Amanda Hough


school holidays: via Windsor and Maidenhead council

231 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
270 pupils capacity: 86% full

115 boys 50%


115 girls 50%


Last updated: Sept. 24, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Controlled School

Education phase
Religious character
Church of England
Establishment type
Voluntary Controlled School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 488860, Northing: 181783
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.528, Longitude: -0.72045
Accepting pupils
5—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Dec. 11, 2013
Diocese of Oxford
Region › Const. › Ward
South East › Maidenhead › Maidenhead Riverside
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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School report

St Luke's CofE Primary School

Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7EG

Inspection dates 11–12 December 2013
Overall effectiveness This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Inadequate 4
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because:

Pupils make good progress in their learning
The quality of teaching is good with some
Any weaker teaching is tackled successfully.
All aspects of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social

and leave the school with standards that are
in line with the national average in English
and mathematics.
that is outstanding. This is due to the careful
checking of lessons by senior leaders. Pupils
who come to the school with below average
attainment, little spoken English or learning
difficulties are supported well.
Teachers are very clear about what is
expected of them and know that their pupils
need to make good progress. Teaching
assistants are effective.
and cultural development are promoted well
through the teaching and the curriculum.
The headteacher is a strong driving force in
Pupils enjoy school, work hard and have very
Senior leaders and governors have a very good
Senior leaders, staff and the governing body
the school. She is determined in making sure
every pupil makes at least good progress from
their various starting point.
positive attitudes to school life. They respect
and appreciate each other and make new
arrivals to the school feel welcome.
understanding of the progress pupils make.
work as a very effective team that has made a
considerable impact in moving the school from
inadequate to good.

Pupils do not always write at length,
especially if they are not enthused by the
writing tasks. The quality of pupils’
handwriting and presentation varies across
the school.
The governing body does not consult and take
into consideration pupils’ views when making
strategic decisions.

Information about this inspection

  • Inspectors observed 13 lessons or part-lessons and six intervention sessions. Five lessons were
    observed jointly with senior leaders. Inspectors listened to pupils reading, visited an assembly
    and observed playtime activities.
  • Meetings were held with a group of pupils, parents and carers, senior and middle managers, the
    Chair of the Interim Executive Board and two members of the shadow governing body, and a
    representative from the local authority.
  • The inspection team looked at a number of documents, including information about
    safeguarding, information on the progress and the attainment of pupils, the school’s self-
    evaluation and records of monitoring in relation to teaching, pupils’ behaviour and attendance.
  • Inspectors looked at books in lessons as well as a substantial number out of lessons in order to
    evaluate the progress made by pupils over time.
  • There were too few responses to the online questionnaire (Parent View) to publish the results.
    However, inspectors took account of a recent school questionnaire.

Inspection team

Kekshan Salaria, Lead inspector Her Majesty’s Inspector
Crystal Gail Robertson Additional Inspector
John Worgan Additional Inspector

Full report

In accordance with section 13 (4) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of
the opinion that the school no longer requires special measures.

Information about this school

  • St Luke’s Church of England Primary is an average size primary school.
  • Most pupils are from White British and Pakistani backgrounds. There is a high proportion of
    pupils who speak English as an additional language.
A higher-than-average proportion of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium

(additional funding provided by the government to support pupils known to be eligible for free

school meals, children in local authority care and those from service families).

  • The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through
    school action is above the national average. The proportion supported through school action plus
    or with a statement of special educational needs is also above that found in most schools.
  • The number of pupils joining and leaving the school outside normal times is higher than
  • The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations
    for pupils’ attainment and progress.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Raise standards and achievement in writing by:
developing pupils’ enthusiasm for writing through creative and stimulating tasks, for

example through drama

ensuring pupils in all classes write extensively and are given clear guidance on

improving handwriting, punctuation and grammar.

  • Ensure the governing body consults and takes into consideration pupils’ views when
    making strategic decisions.

Inspection judgements

The achievement of pupils is good
  • Children join the school with levels of skills and knowledge well below those usually expected for
    their age. This is particularly the case in terms of their language and communication skills. They
    make good progress and enter Year 1 with below age-related expectations.
  • Pupils make good progress between Years 1 to 6; at the top end of Key Stage 2 progress is
    often outstanding. Consequently, attainment at the end of Year 6 is broadly average and
    improving as confirmed by the school’s data, teacher assessments and national test results.
  • The teaching of early reading skills, including the sounds letters make (phonics), is a key priority
    in the Reception and Years 1 and 2 classes. In 2013 the results from the national reading check
    for Year 1 pupils were lower than those expected nationally, although much improved from
  • Pupils’ mathematical skills develop well, especially in the ability to perform calculations and
    develop efficient methods. They successfully learn how to collect and use data and gain
    awareness of shape, space and measures. Pupils are also increasing their skills to use problem-
    solving approaches.
  • Pupils’ achievement in writing is not as strong as in mathematics. For example, in a number of
    lessons observed, pupils were not given enough challenge to extend their thinking and their
    workbooks indicate they are not given enough motivating tasks to encourage them to write at
    length and develop their skills.
  • The school has used the pupil premium funding to target support for groups of pupils who may
    be falling behind in their work. Consequently, the gap between the attainment of pupils eligible
    for pupil premium funding and that of their peers narrowed in 2013; they are approximately one
    term behind in English and mathematics.
  • At the last inspection, too few pupils were reaching the higher levels in English and
    mathematics. This is not the case now. Each pupil’s progress is carefully tracked and checked
    and the headteacher makes sure all teachers know which pupils should be aiming for, and
    achieving, above average attainment.
  • Pupils who speak English as an additional language make progress in line with that of their
    peers. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs also achieve as well as their
    peers. They get good support from teaching assistants who work with them.
The quality of teaching is good
  • Teaching is typically good, as confirmed by the school’s effective monitoring system, pupils’
    workbooks and the lessons observed during the inspection.
  • In the Reception classes, children’s learning is planned systematically and adapted well
    according to what individual children need. Their learning and development are observed closely
    and carefully. Teachers are quick to identify any extra help that children require and adjustments
    are made quickly.
  • Effective individual support and a well-organised approach are ensuring that pupils have good
    knowledge of phonics, enabling them to tackle texts appropriate to their age and interests.
  • Teachers build good relationships with their pupils. Classrooms are lively and inviting and there
    are useful resources on display in classrooms, which pupils readily use.
  • A particularly strong feature is the quality of the teaching assistants. They intervene and support
    pupils sensitively and make a strong contribution to their learning across the school. This is
    especially the case when the teachers give teaching assistants detailed plans to help them ask
    their group of pupils the right questions and steer their learning successfully.
  • Pupils are encouraged to look critically at their own and others’ work. A small group of older
    pupils, for example, discussed with their teacher the quality of recent work and this led to clear
    ideas about how to improve in the future.
  • Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are well supported and tasks are
    matched accurately to their needs. One-to-one and small-group teaching is having a positive
    impact and helping pupils make good progress. Teaching assistants engage in discussion with
    pupils, giving them confidence to persevere.
  • Pupils make the best progress when teachers encourage them to follow up ideas on their This
    was clear in lessons where teaching was outstanding. Pupils worked exceptionally well in
    partnership with others and all, regardless of ability, made outstanding progress.
  • A greater focus on developing literacy has had a significant impact on pupils’ achievement,
    although there are missed opportunities for extending pupils’ writing further, particularly at the
    beginning of Key Stage 2. Pupils’ workbooks show that the quality of pupils’ handwriting varies
    and their work is not always tidily presented.
  • Pupils now receive good, and in some classes outstanding, guidance from teachers on how to
    improve their work.
The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • Teachers manage behaviour well and teaching assistants make a strong contribution by making
    sure pupils with specific behavioural difficulties do not disrupt the learning of others.
  • Pupils’ attitudes to learning are good. They are exceptionally keen to do well and persevere,
    even when they experience difficulty. They work at a good pace and with high levels of
    concentration. They collaborate well, listen to others’ views and support each other’s learning
    well. Behaviour observed in lessons was consistently good or better.
  • Pupils behave well at other times. In assemblies, pupils gather in a calm and orderly manner.
    They are attentive and listen respectfully to adults. Pupils are well behaved at break times. Most
    parents and carers responding to the school’s parents' questionnaire believe that pupils behave
    well. All staff agree that behaviour in school is good. Pupils are kept safe.
  • Pupils say they feel safe in school. They are able to talk about their understanding of the
    different forms of bullying and they know the difference between bullying and other forms of
    misbehaviour. They report that bullying and any incidents of unacceptable behaviour are
    infrequent and are dealt with effectively when they occur. Pupils know how to stay safe, for
    example while using the internet.
  • Attendance is in line with the national average. The school works closely with some families to
    make sure pupils attend school regularly.
The leadership and management are good
  • The school, in all respects, has improved immensely since its last inspection due to good
    leadership. The headteacher and her senior team have established a clear, successful vision for
    the school and a determined drive to raise achievement which has produced impressive
    improvements in a short space of time. The headteacher has very clear expectation that this is a
    school where all pupils will make good and better progress within each year group and during
    their whole time in school.
  • The senior leadership team has a detailed picture of the progress made by pupils, particularly by
    ability and eligibility for the pupil premium. Pupils’ progress is tracked systematically through the
    collection of information and meetings are held each half term with staff to discuss teachers’
    assessments and to check if pupils are doing well enough.
  • Staff are very clear about what is expected of them and as part of the management of their
    performance have targets that are linked to all pupils in their classes achieving well.
  • Senior and middle leaders ensure robust and regular monitoring of teaching and learning,
    targeted support and coaching, and increasingly regular sharing of good practice.
  • Pupil premium funding is targeted appropriately to support the progress of eligible pupils and to
    ensure equality of opportunity. There are detailed arrangements for spending the recently
    allocated primary sports funding. These focus on improving opportunities for pupils to develop
    their physical skills and fitness and through providing professional development to improve
    teachers’ expertise.
  • The curriculum places appropriate emphasis on the development of literacy and mathematical
    skills, meeting the needs of all pupils well. A good range of additional activities engages and
    motivates pupils.
  • There is increasing involvement of parents and carers in the life of the school through regular
    parent assemblies and through special events such as the autumn and Christmas Fayre. The
    majority of parents and carers feel that their children are happy in school and that they are
    making progress.
  • Strong partnerships with feeder nurseries, primary and secondary schools are used to provide
    pupils with a range of learning opportunities and smooth transfers. For example, strong
    community links give the pupils a good understanding of other cultures and religions.
  • The local authority has made a valuable contribution to school improvement by providing a high
    level of support which has both challenged and supported the school, for example, in the
    training provided for staff, which has resulted in improving the quality of teaching and pupils’
  • The governance of the school:
    The Interim Executive Board has ensured an effective shadow governing body is in place. The
    Chair of the Interim Executive Board is providing excellent support and challenge to the
    Members ask challenging questions about the performance of pupils and ensure that resources
    are provided to help improve teaching.
    Governors visit the school regularly and gain good first-hand knowledge of the impact of
    teachers’ work. They use their knowledge and understanding of the school to set clear targets
    for the headteacher’s and staff’s performance. They ensure that teachers’ pay rises are linked
    to the progress of their pupils.
    Governors have worked with staff to engage parents and carers more and remain focused on
    raising the profile of the school within the community.
    Governors are aware that they do not consult and take into consideration pupils’ views, when
    making strategic decisions.
    Governors make sure that statutory requirements are met, including those for safeguarding.
    Governors have a good understanding of how different forms of funding, such as the pupil
    premium, are allocated, and its impact on the achievement of pupils.

What inspection judgements mean


Grade Judgement Description
Grade 1 Outstanding An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes
that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures
that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
Grade 2 Good A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well
for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage
of their education, training or employment.
Grade 3 Requires
A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it
is not inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within
24 months from the date of this inspection.
Grade 4 Inadequate A school that requires special measures is one where the school is
failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and
the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not
demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary
improvement in the school. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and
requires significant improvement but leadership and management
are judged to be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

School details

Unique reference number 109970
Local authority Windsor and Maidenhead
Inspection number 423880

This inspection was carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. The inspection was also
deemed a section 5 inspection under the same Act.

Type of school Primary
School category Voluntary controlled
Age range of pupils 5–11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number of pupils on the school roll 250
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Fiona Craig
Headteacher Amanda Hough
Date of previous school inspection 26–27 January 2012
Telephone number 01628 621600
Fax number 01628 626076
Email address reveal email: st-l…


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