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Alfriston School

Name Alfriston School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 March 2012
Address North Road, Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5XB
Phone Number 01323870203
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 106 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.0
Percentage Free School Meals 9.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%

Information about the school

Alfriston is a smaller than average village school which occupies a Victorian building, with some modern additions such as a purpose-built hall. The school has its own swimming pool, a large playground and the use of the village recreation ground. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The majority of pupils do not live in the village itself. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below that found nationally. In 2011, the school met the government’s floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Key findings

Alfriston is a good school. Pupils achieve well because the school is well led and managed. Parents and carers are very pleased with all the school does for their children. The school is not outstanding because there are variations in the quality of teaching that mean that in some lessons, not all pupils are enabled to make the progress they could. Pupils’ progress and their achievements have been above those expected for their age for almost every year since the last inspection. Although the pupils leaving the school in Year 6 in 2011 made good progress overall, the standards they achieved in English and mathematics were average, due to the nature of the cohort. Provision for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding and children make an excellent start to their schooling. Teaching is good and continuing to improve. Very occasionally, learning is less successful when the pace slows in lessons. Teachers know pupils’ academic development well through the good use of assessment, and pupils’ progress is tracked carefully. Behaviour is good and attendance has improved markedly since the last inspection. Attendance is now well above average. The strategies introduced to manage behaviour have ensured that pupils are aware of what is expected of them. Senior leaders and the governing body have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and how to keep pupils very safe. A rigorous focus on the quality of teaching, an effective programme of performance management and utilisation of professional development opportunities have successfully guided the school through a difficult period of staff changes. The school has rightly identified the sharing of best teaching practice amongst staff as a strategy for further enhancing pupils’ progress. The exciting curriculum enables pupils to enjoy an extensive range of activities that promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well.