Information about this inspection

  • Inspectors observed teaching and learning in all classes and visited small group intervention sessions.

  • They visited 28 lessons, six of which were observed jointly with either the headteacher or deputy headteacher.

  • Meetings were held with pupils, the chair of the governing body and other governors, staff and local authority advisers. A survey of staff views was taken into account.

  •  Inspectors talked to pupils about their reading and listened to them read.

  •  Inspectors examined work in pupils’ books.

  •  The school’s child protection and safeguarding procedures were scrutinised.

  • Inspectors observed the work of the school and looked at a range of documentation written to support school improvement, including minutes from meetings of the governing body.

  •  Inspectors took account of the 11 replies to Ofsted’s online Parent View questionnaire. Inspectors considered a parental survey conducted by the school and also spoke with parents.

Information about this school

  • Lodge is larger than the average-sized primary school.

  •  Children in the early years are taught in two part-time Nursery classes and two full-time Reception classes.

  • The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is rising and is well above average.

  •  Approximately 30% of the pupils are Bangladeshi and 20% are from ‘Any other White background’.

  • The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is rising and is well above average.

  •  The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is rising and is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority.

  •  The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is similar to the national average.

  •  A breakfast club runs every day and is managed by the governing body.

  •  An above-average proportion of pupils join or leave the school at times other than the usual starting or leaving points. Most new arrivals have little or no English.

  • The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

  •  The school meets requirements on the publication of information on its website.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Improve reading outcomes, by:

    ̶ teachers checking that pupils thoroughly understand the texts they are reading and then answer questions which require them to infer, summarise and predict, accurately

    ̶ leaders ensuring that the teaching of reading is effective.


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