Buxted CofE Primary School


Name Buxted CofE Primary School
Website http://www.buxtedce.e-sussex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 March 2014
Address Hurstwood Road, Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4BB
Phone Number 01825733185
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 189 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.7
Percentage Free School Meals 4.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

While smaller than average, this primary school has expanded rapidly in the last year. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those with a parent in the armed forces. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. In January 2013, the school began a collaboration with Bonners C of E Primary School. The executive headteacher oversees the leadership of both schools, dividing her time equally between the two. The schools retain separate governing bodies. The school has established partnerships with the St Marks Teaching School and the Village Schools’ Association. The head of school works closely with the executive headteacher and is central to the day-to-day running of the school. The school holds a number of awards, including the Healthy Schools and Gold Artsmark awards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and attain above average standards in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Governors, the executive headteacher and the head of school have been successful in improving teaching and strengthening leadership across the school. Staff are united in their drive to ensure every pupil achieves their potential. Morale is high and teamwork is effective. Teaching is generally good. Teachers and teaching assistants work well together in lessons and have high expectations of pupils. Pupils are happy and proud of their school. They feel safe and very well looked after. The school’s strong values and Christian ethos underpin the very positive learning environment. Pupils are well behaved and show consideration for others. The school offers a wide range of learning experiences in and outside of lessons that support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to ensure pupils make excellent progress. Sometimes, pupils’ learning is inhibited because activities do not sustain their curiosity and desire to learn. The pace of learning is not always appropriate for some pupils and occasionally pupils do not move on to more challenging work when they are ready to.