Polegate Primary School

Name Polegate Primary School
Website http://www.polegateschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 May 2014
Address Oakleaf Drive, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6PT
Phone Number 01323482404
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 540 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.1
Percentage Free School Meals 8.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%

Information about this school

This school is of above average size with two classes in each year group. The very large majority of pupils are White British. Other pupils come from a range of ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported within school is above average. The proportion needing external support or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. The proportion of pupils eligible for additional government support to promote the achievement of pupils who are known to have been eligible for free school meals, and children looked after by the local authority, is average. A new headteacher has been appointed since the previous inspection. A new deputy headteacher was appointed in September 2013. There is a children’s centre adjacent to the school, where pupils can attend a before- and after-school club. This is subject to separate inspection arrangements. 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. Achievement is good. Pupils thoroughly enjoy learning and they make good progress. Their progress in reading is outstanding. The proportion of pupils who exceed the expected progress in writing and mathematics is rising. Teaching is consistently good and improving further. Senior leaders hold high expectations of all staff, and provide a strong, clear vision of what should happen in each lesson. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress, and for some, their progress is outstanding. They are supported exceptionally well in improving their reading. Those struggling with writing or mathematics are also well supported. The school ensures this extra support does not interfere with these pupils’ other learning. The leadership of the headteacher and senior leaders is outstanding because they have tackled the substantial issues that faced the school and rapidly brought about impressive improvements. Pupils are determined to do their very best work. Handwriting is highly impressive and pupils keep their books very neat because they are proud of their work. They use their time well and frequently respond to the comments made by teachers in their books. Behaviour is outstanding. Around the school, pupils are polite and kind to one another, reflecting the respect adults show them. Pupils feel very safe at school and know how to keep themselves safe. Attendance has improved rapidly and is high because pupils like being at school. Teachers have worked as a team to develop exciting topics for pupils to study. This includes helpful work for pupils to do at home. Senior leaders and governors make sure that all the procedures and requirements to keep pupils safe are given a high priority. The school’s communication with parents and carers is excellent. Consequently, they have great confidence in the school, and feel that their children are well cared for and successful. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not consistently outstanding across year groups. Occasionally, the tasks given to some pupils are too easy. Progress in writing and mathematics is not always as rapid as it is in reading.