Holy Cross Church of England Primary School


Name Holy Cross Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.holycross.e-sussex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 April 2017
Address Belmont Road, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1BP
Phone Number 01825762336
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 110 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Percentage Free School Meals 18.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.5%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is higher than that found in most schools. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is in line with the national average. The school provides full-time early years provision in a mixed-age class of Reception children and Year 1 pupils. The school has a breakfast club which was included in this inspection. There is a privately run nursery on site which is inspected separately. There have been several changes in headship since the previous inspection. The current headteacher was appointed in April 2016. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher’s committed and determined leadership has had a significant and positive impact on the rate of improvement in the school since her appointment in April 2016. The headteacher and governors have secured substantial improvements in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment during the past year. Effective teaching ensures that pupils learn well in all year groups. Pupils make better progress in their learning than at the time of the previous inspection. As a result, pupils’ outcomes are rising across the school. Children make good progress from their different starting points during the early years. By the end of Reception Year children are well prepared, with the knowledge and skills needed to learn successfully in Year 1. The school’s warm, hard-working and inclusive atmosphere ensures that pupils feel valued, respected and safe. Pupils are friendly, polite and keen to do well. They are proud of their school and their achievements. Pupils’ good behaviour makes a strong contribution to their learning. The governing body plays an increasingly effective role in the school’s performance. Governors provide good support and challenge for school leaders. Teaching does not yet deepen and extend the most able pupils’ learning fully enough. As a result, the most able pupils do not achieve as well as they should in English, mathematics and other subjects. Some pupils do not attend regularly enough to achieve well.