Grovelands Community Primary School

Name Grovelands Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 October 2015
Address Dunbar Drive, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW
Phone Number 01323840062
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 681 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 32.7
Percentage Free School Meals 9.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.5%

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is lower than usual. This is additional funding provided by the government to support disadvantaged pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic groups or who speak English as an additional language is much lower than average. There is provision for children in the early years in three Reception classes. Most children attend full time. The school meets the government’s current floor standards that set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There have been significant changes to the teaching team since the previous inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school School leaders and governors have successfully brought about improvements since the previous inspection. They have improved teaching and consequently pupils’ achievement has improved. Children get off to a good start in the Early Years. They are taught within a safe and stimulating environment and make good progress in all aspects of their development. Teaching is consistently good across the school. Teaching is brisk and lively and teachers use resources that stimulate pupils’ imaginations. Pupils make good progress across the school in reading, writing and mathematics. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make similar progress to their classmates because they are provided with good support from trained teaching assistants. Pupils behave well. They are polite and well mannered and they get on well together and with adults. Owing to the high level of care they receive, they feel safe in school. The curriculum is well planned with an interesting range of topics that engage pupils’ interest. It is enriched with subjects such as art and music that promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively. Leaders are ambitious and have established a skilled team of staff who are motivated and keen to improve. Governors are well organised. They have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and what needs to be improved. They provide a good level of challenge to school leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teachers use assessment information to plan work that is challenging enough for the most- able pupils. Not all pupils respond to teachers’ marking and feedback. Some school leaders do not make enough use of all available information to set ambitious targets for improvement.