Harlands Primary School


Name Harlands Primary School
Website http://www.harlands.e-sussex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 April 2015
Address Mallard Drive, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5PW
Phone Number 01825764244
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 248 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Percentage Free School Meals 3.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average primary school. Pupils are taught in seven single-age classes. Each class, apart from Year 6, has more boys than girls. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. There are currently no pupils on roll for whom English is an additional language. The proportion of pupils entitled to additional funding through the pupil premium is much lower than the national average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for disadvantaged pupils, such as those eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above the average figure found nationally. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Early years provision comprises one full-time Reception class. The school also manages a private nursery on site that was not part of this inspection. The school works in partnership with five other schools in the Uckfield Town Alliance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching have improved significantly since the previous inspection. The headteacher and other leaders have successfully implemented their detailed plans to raise standards at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. There has been a marked improvement in governance, which is now a strength. Governors check for themselves how well the school is doing and hold leaders to account to make continuous improvements. Reading has a high status in the school and, as a result, standards in this subject area are higher than in other subjects. Previous gaps in attainment between girls and boys have been closed at the end of each key stage. Current pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, are now making more rapid progress than in previous years. The most-able pupils make better progress than their peers nationally. The school takes effective action to ensure that children are safe. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They have a positive attitude towards learning and enjoy coming to school. This is demonstrated by their good attendance. Children make a good start to school life in the early years provision. Good links with the on-site nursery and parents enable a smooth transition to school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In recent years, pupils have not performed well enough in the Year 1 phonics (the sounds linked to letters) check. The teaching and marking of spelling are inconsistent, leading to weaker achievement in this area of English. Sometimes learning time is wasted when pupils are not moved on to suitably challenging tasks quickly enough. Not all teaching assistants have the skills to check how well pupils are doing with their work or the ability to adjust tasks where necessary.