High Hurstwood Church of England Primary School

Name High Hurstwood Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.highhurstwood.e-sussex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 February 2017
Address Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4AD
Phone Number 01825733231
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 102 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%

Information about this school

High Hurstwood is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Pupils are currently organised into four classes: a Reception class, a Year 1 and 2 class, a Year 3 and 4 class, and a Year 5 and 6 class. The proportion of pupils who are entitled to free school meals is much smaller than that found nationally. Around 5% of the pupils currently on roll have been adopted from care. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. In 2016, half of the Year 6 cohort had special educational needs and/or disabilities. The overwhelming majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school meets the government floor standards that set out the minimum expectations for primary schools. The school is a strategic partner in the St Mark’s Teaching School Alliance and is a member of the Village Schools’ Alliance and the Wealden Education Improvement Partnership.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher, together with staff, has successfully raised standards across the school so that outcomes are now outstanding. Every pupil is treated as an individual and thrives. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make better progress than pupils nationally because teachers plan appropriate activities to help them progress. Disadvantaged pupils achieve very well and make more progress than other pupils nationally in reading and mathematics. The curriculum is extremely interesting and wide-ranging. Pupils have opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in different subjects exceptionally well. Varied opportunities for pupils to develop their writing skills across the curriculum have contributed to rapid improvements in outcomes. Teaching is outstanding overall. Teachers are very skilled and ensure that all pupils learn well and are able to make rapid progress over time. Occasionally, teachers and other adults give pupils too much or too little support. This can slow pupils’ progress in lessons and over time. The school works in close partnership with other schools to improve outcomes for pupils. Pupils really enjoy coming to school. Attendance has improved and the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent has reduced significantly. Behaviour is outstanding. Pupils care deeply about each other, their learning and their school. The school is very successful at promoting pupils’ welfare including their emotional well-being. Safeguarding procedures are effective. Governors make a very strong contribution to the leadership of the school. They are highly ambitious about what leaders, teachers and pupils should achieve. Children make a good start to their learning in the early years. There are strong partnerships between school and home. Leaders recognise that the early years learning environment needs further development. They have plans to enhance the outside provision to provide children with more opportunities to challenge themselves and to make rapid progress.