Cradle Hill Community Primary School

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Cradle Hill Community Primary School

Name Cradle Hill Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 June 2014
Address Lexden Road, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 3BA
Phone Number 01323892773
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 535 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.1
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 6.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.6%
Persisitent Absence 7.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. There are two Reception classes in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The proportion of pupils receiving support from the pupil premium funding is average. This is additional government funding to support those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or those who are in care. In this school, it is applicable to pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are in care. When compared to national figures, the proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is average. The proportion at school action plus or who have a statement of educational needs is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The deputy headteacher has been acting headteacher since September 2013. A newly appointed headteacher will take up position from September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The achievement of pupils is good. By the end of Year 6, pupils’ progress is strong in reading, writing and mathematics. A good proportion of pupils attain the higher Level 5 in writing. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers successfully build on pupils’ previous learning to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Children in Reception make good progress and enjoy a range of activities that enthuse them and develop their basic literacy and numeracy skills. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are making progress that is as good as that of other pupils. This is because of the personal support they receive. Behaviour is good. Pupils always feel safe and enjoy coming to school. They are motivated and want to be successful in their learning. Links with parents are very effective. Parents value the work of school leaders and teachers and say they are fully involved in the learning experiences of their children. The acting headteacher and other school leaders are successfully improving the quality of teaching. As a result, all groups of pupils are making good progress from their individual starting points across the school. Governors are taking actions which continue to improve the school’s provision. They have effectively overseen changes in the school’s leadership while maintaining a clear focus on enhancing pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ written guidance in their marking of pupils’ books is not always helping them to improve their work. Pupils’ accurate use of grammar is not routinely checked in all their subjects.