Culham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4NB


Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, OX14 3EE


Culham Parochial Church of England Primary School

Culham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4NB

(01235) 521766

Thames Bridge Church of England Federation

Belong, Inspire, Explore, Succeed

Clifton Hampden Church of England Primary School

Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, OX14 3EE

(01865) 407700


Ofsted inspectors are employed by the Government and visit schools to ensure standards are being maintained and children are achieving in line with expectations.


Inspections are wide ranging and their remit is to determine whether the school matches up to the standards that they have self-evaluated, or whether it is better or worse. They inspect all aspects of the school from teaching, pastoral care and safeguarding to management and leadership ensuring that the school is looking after the pupils to a required statutory standard. Each school is graded on a range of topics and measures.


As a church school we also receive a SIAMS inspection carried out on behalf of the Diocese. It verifies that a church school is offering Christian content and reports whether children are being educated both socially and morally.


We are pleased with both our reports. They highlight what makes Clifton Hampden C of E Primary School special, corroborate our own self-evaluation and confirm that our children are nurtured whilst receiving teaching which allows each child to flourish. 


Ofsted Report Highlights (February 2016): 

I am delighted to share with you the official letter from Ofsted following our recent inspection (23rd February 2016). It highlights how the school continues to be a 'Good school', has maintained the good quality education since the last inspection and identifies a large number of positive aspects of our school. It also gives feedback on how to improve further.


The report is reflective of our conscientious, dedicated and diligent staff who plan effective learning, ensure the curriculum remains broad and balanced and guarantee that learning meets the needs of all our pupils. The report praises Clifton Hampden School at all levels, from children getting 'off to a cracking start in their Reception year' to 'top-notch' transition arrangements, which means pupils leave the school with 'high levels of confidence and self-esteem, along with the reading, writing and mathematics skills needed for success'.


I would like to thank everyone associated with our school as it is the dedication of every member of staff, governors, parents and the pupils that our school continues to improve to ensure the best education for everyone here at Clifton Hampden. Please read the full report below which identifies our key strengths and areas for further improvement.


Highlighted strengths:

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management:

'You (the headteacher) demonstrate high levels of ambition for the pupils of Clifton Hampden School. The school’s mantra, ‘Here every child has the opportunity to excel’, is at the heart of your work. Your thorough self-evaluation of the school’s performance illustrates your steadfast determination to become even better. Governors and senior leaders keep school performance under scrutiny, regularly discussing how well pupils are learning.'

'Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and procedures are rigorous.'


Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment:

'Teaching is good. Teachers have high expectations and ensure that work is appropriately challenging for pupils of all abilities. Pupils grapple appropriately with new concepts and display high levels of satisfaction when they master a new skill.'

'Teaching assistants are highly skilled and provide very effective support.'

'The curriculum is planned thoughtfully to maximise opportunities to extend pupils’ perspectives and capture their interest.'


Outcomes for Pupils:

'Many pupils make good progress and achieve the standards expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics.'

'Pupils understand how to improve their work and are clear what their next steps to achieve success are.'
'Excellent use of assessment is a strong feature of early years. Teachers waste no time in getting to know the individual needs of children and ensuring their needs are appropriately met.'

'Standards in writing have risen. All pupils make good progress and an increasing proportion make rapid gains. Pupils like writing and talk insightfully about how their skills have developed steadily from a very young age.'


Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare:

'Parents speak very highly of the school, particularly the high levels of care and guidance that you and your staff provide to all pupils. Parents remark that their children flourish because teachers nurture and support individual needs well, foster high levels of self-assurance and make learning fun.'


'The school’s values are promoted widely and pupils attach genuine meaning to the spiritual and moral aspects of their education.'

SIAMS Report Highlights (November 2015): 

I am very pleased to share with you the inspection report from our recent Church inspection (10th November 2015). The report highlights that the school is outstanding in its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school. I would like to thank our staff, governors, parents and children who shared our good practice with the inspector during the inspection day. Please read the report below which identifies our key strengths and areas for further improvement.


Highlighted strengths:

‘The vision and drive of the headteacher, effectively supported by staff and governors has embedded strong Christian values that underpin all aspects of school life.’


‘The Christian distinctiveness of the school has a big impact on this small school community. Christian values are made explicit and have a significant impact on all learners' good achievements, excellent behaviour and supportive, caring attitudes.’


‘Relationships between all members of the community are a strength of the school and are attributed to Christian values such as service, respect and forgiveness.'