Ringmer Primary and Nursery School

Name Ringmer Primary and Nursery School
Website http://www.ringmerprimary.school
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 November 2015
Address Harrisons Lane, Ringmer, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5LL
Phone Number 01273812463
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 325 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.8
Percentage Free School Meals 5.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%

Information about this school

Ringmer is an average-sized primary school. There are two Reception classes and nine mixed-age classes for Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. The Reception children attend full time. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after, is well below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The school meets the current floor standards, which set the government’s minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. There is a privately run Nursery on site which is subject to a separate inspection. The school runs a breakfast club. There have been several changes to staffing since the previous inspection. Nearly half the teachers have joined the school since that time. An inclusion manager joined the school in January 2015 and works at the school for three days a week. Only two of the governors were at the school at the time of the previous inspection. There is some temporary accommodation while a major redevelopment of the school’s buildings is underway. This is due to be completed in February 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Strong leadership by the headteacher has ensured that there is a clear vision for the school. Staff have bought into this and are committed to do the very best for the pupils in their care. The governing body provides very effective support and challenge to the school. Governors make a significant contribution to ensuring the school continues to improve. Leaders work effectively together and have successfully improved teaching over time. Teaching is good. Teachers plan activities which interest pupils and make learning exciting. Teachers regularly check the progress that each pupil is making. Pupils’ achievement has steadily improved since the last inspection. Progress is good for all groups of pupils. Provision in the early years is good and so children are well prepared for Year 1. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils are well behaved. They work well together in class and say they enjoy learning. Good relationships make pupils feel safe. Safeguarding procedures are robust. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some pupils do not make as much progress in writing as they do in reading. Sometimes the most-able pupils are not given work in mathematics that challenges them.