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Inspection reports - OFSTED and SIAMS


Ofsted inspected Sutton Courtenay C of E Primary School as part of its ‘short inspections’ which was then converted into a full Section 5 inspection on 28th and 29th November 2017.

The Ofsted inspection made the following judgements:

Overall effectiveness

Requires improvement

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Requires improvement

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Requires improvement

Personal development, behaviour and welfare


Outcomes for pupils

Requires improvement

Early years provision



The Ofsted report stated that the school had the following strengths:

  • The headteacher’s determined leadership is underpinned by a strong moral purpose. Staff and governors support the headteacher well. They work together as a cohesive team.
  • Leaders’ actions to improve the consistency of approach to reading and mathematics are beginning to bear fruit.
  • Children get off to a good start in the early years. From below typical starting points, children achieve well.
  • Partnership with parents is good and parents support the school well.
  • Pupils behave well and the school is an orderly, purposeful learning environment.
  • The curriculum is interesting and enriched by memorable events
  • Safeguarding is effective and procedures are robust
  • Pupils enjoy coming to school and relationships between staff and pupils are positive
  • Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN and/or disabilities) are supported effectively. The school’s work to support families is a strength.


What does the school need to do to improve further?


Improve the quality of teaching and learning so that it is consistently good by ensuring that:

  • Teachers have a more accurate understanding of pupils’ previous learning, and plan tasks that sustain their interest and meet the needs of all groups of pupils, including the most able
  • Teachers provide more opportunities for pupils to write at length so that they can apply and develop their writing skills more fully
  • Teachers provide more opportunities for pupils to develop a deeper understanding across the curriculum, particularly in history and geography

Improve outcomes for pupils by:

  • Ensuring that all groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities and the most able pupils, make consistently good progress
  • Accelerating the progress of disadvantaged pupils so that a greater proportion of these pupils achieve the expected standards, and more achieve the higher standards

Improve the leadership and management of the school by:

  • Ensuring that improvement plans are more sharply focused on improving rates of progress for all groups of pupils, including disadvantaged pupils

Refining leaders’ evaluations, including those of the quality of teaching



The most recent SIAMS (church school inspection) May 2015 judged the school to be 'outstanding' in all areas.

This is because:

  • An exceptionally clear, strong and vibrant ethos firmly embedded in Christian Values has been established in which the pupils thrive academically and personally.
  • Very strong Christian leadership by the head teacher in partnership with committed governors and a dedicated staff enables Sutton Courtenay to continuously develop and strengthen as an Anglican school.
  • An extremely firm and mutually beneficial partnership has been established with the parish church, its clergy and community which enhances and strengthens the school's Anglican character.
  • The strong, caring Christian ethos together with the impeccable example set by adults within the school produces well behaved, respectful and mutually supportive children who have a real desire to learn and achieve.