Theale C.E. Primary School


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Church Street
3 - 11
Voluntary controlled school
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The school is average in size, with two classes in the Reception Year. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding given to schools by the government) is below average. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds or who speak English as an additional language are below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported by school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is well above average. These needs relate mainly to autistic spectrum disorder. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is broadly average. There is specially resourced provision for up to 11 pupils with special educational needs between the ages of fourand 11.This caters for pupils with autism spectrum disorder. The school meets the current floor standards, which are the minimum standards for attainment and progress expected by the government. The school has a language and literacy centre on the site, which is subject to a separate inspection.

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Theale C.E. Primary School Reviews

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“Very disappointed parent”
"> Because of a high intake of children, classes are mixed differently every year with different age groups, which means the children do not get a chance to make good friendships. They claim to have open door policy but can treat you like you are in the wrong if you bring up issues. In my experience, the playground is a miserable place to be at drop off and pick up time: many cliques and just general unfriendliness. Really wish I had looked at other smaller friendlier schools, rather than go for the one with the best Ofsted rating which was last done in 2012 (in my opinion a new inspection is long overdue).
“Ofstead rating overrated and needs reviewing!”
"> Not as good as it used to be sadly. This school used to have such a great feeling about it but sadly children are often over looked due to the big class sizes. Too much pressure is put on younger children with homework and not enough time to complete. Teachers are approachable but not all senior staff are the same. In my opinion, children are only picked for things such as choir, gymnastics and competitions if their parents are on the PTA. The head also tries to discourage parents from sending children to the local secondary school which is rather shocking and often, in my experience, turns down exciting opportunities to take part in events at the local secondary school which means our children miss out.
“Sad decline of lovely village school”
"> Very strictly run and, in my experience, only the best children are picked for things which does not give all children the same opportunities. Too many children now attend the school; it has lost the lovely village school feel it once had.
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