Netherfield CofE Primary School

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Netherfield CofE Primary School

Name Netherfield CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 February 2019
Address Darvel Down, Netherfield, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9QF
Phone Number 01424838323
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 137 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 5.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.7%
Persisitent Absence 4.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average-sized primary school. As a school with a distinctive Christian ethos, the school was last subject to an inspection under section 48 of The Education Act 2005 in October 2014. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. There are a very small number of pupils from other ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils with SEND is broadly average. The proportion of pupils known to be supported by the pupil premium is lower than the national average for primary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school This is an outstanding school. The headteacher has high aspirations for everyone. Under her guidance, staff strive continually to improve all aspects of their work. Leaders’ ethos of ‘no child left behind’ is a reality here. Pupils thrive at Netherfield. Their well-being is developed equally as well as their academic knowledge and understanding. All staff see themselves as leaders and take their responsibilities seriously. Everyone’s contribution is important and valued by senior leaders, although middle leaders have relatively limited opportunities to engage in and learn from the school’s work with other schools. Classrooms are happy and productive places. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are excellent. Their hunger to learn new things is fed by high-quality teaching across the curriculum. Pupils make very strong progress in a wide range of subjects across all phases of the school. This includes pupils from vulnerable groups, who constantly exceed expectations and achieve very well. Safeguarding is effective. The small-school family ethos is valued highly by parents, many of whom bring their children long distances to attend the school. The school’s curriculum is constantly evolving. Staff are successful in designing imaginative opportunities for pupils to learn through exploration and real-life experiences. Staff have high expectations of pupils’ conduct and engagement in learning. As a result, pupils behave very well both in and out of the classroom. Leaders’ focus on reducing pupils’ absence is highly effective. As a result, rates of attendance compare favourably to most other primary schools. Governance is a great strength of the school. Governors take their responsibilities seriously. Collectively, they are successful in supporting leaders to improve the school. Leaders have a good grasp of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Development planning is highly effective. The quality of provision in the early years is excellent. Children make very strong progress in Reception because staff are knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to their work.