Coldean Primary School

Name Coldean Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 02 May 2013
Address Kenwards, Coldean, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9EN
Phone Number 01273294914
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 381 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Local Authority Brighton and Hove
Percentage Free School Meals 24.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.5%
Persisitent Absence 10.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Coldean Primary School is larger than an average-sized primary school. The Early Years Foundation Stage includes a part-time Nursery and two single-age Reception classes. Key Stage 1 pupils are also taught in single-age classes. Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught in mixed-age classes and ability sets for mathematics. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and those with parents in the armed forces, is above average. Above-average proportions of pupils are supported at school action as well as at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the current government floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since the last inspection the school has experienced a number of changes in its staffing organisation, including the appointment of a two key stage leaders as part of the senior leadership team. The school does not use any alternative or off-site provision. However, the Cedar Centre provision for pupils with special and additional needs operates on the school site. It is subject to a separate inspection. The governing body manages a breakfast club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Consistently good, and sometimes outstanding, teaching with strengths in the teaching of reading, helps all pupils, including those who need extra help, to make good progress in reading and writing. Pupils’ attainment in English is increasingly above national levels by the time pupils leave the school in Year 6 and has risen since the last inspection. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding, both in lessons and around school. Pupils are particularly good at working together as talk partners, and are very supportive of each other. Pupils say they feel very safe and that they are extremely well looked after at school and the vast majority of parents and carers agree. Pupils have very positive attitudes to school. Attendance has improved since the last inspection. Senior leaders, including members of the governing body, are ambitious for the school. Staff morale is high and staff work together as a strong team towards the school’s priorities. The headteacher and staff check up regularly on pupils’ progress and give extra help very quickly to any at risk of falling behind in their learning. Pupils are at the centre of everything the school does. They are extremely proud of their school and all that it offers, particularly the many opportunities to take on additional responsibilities. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching to raise pupils’ good achievement further. In some lessons, teachers’ explanations are too long and these limit the time pupils have to work on their own. There are sometimes not enough opportunities for pupils to respond to teachers’ marking and feedback of their work. There are too few opportunities for pupils to use their mathematical skills in other subjects.