Seaford Primary School

Name Seaford Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 January 2013
Address Wilkinson Way, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 2JF
Phone Number 01323893450
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 479 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.3
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 8.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.4%
Persisitent Absence 5.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average primary school. Most pupils are White British. Of the few from minority ethnic groups, some speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. (The pupil premium provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, children of parents serving in the armed forces and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals.) The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below that found nationally. The number supported through school action, school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The school meets the current floor standards, the minimum standards set by the government for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school holds the Healthy Schools, Activemark, Artsmark Gold and the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark 3 awards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the previous inspection, governors and senior leaders have been successful in improving the quality of teaching and helping pupils to make faster progress, Overall, teaching is good. Pupils are encouraged to be curious and creative. They enjoy learning and most achieve well. The school provides very good support and care for pupils. Pupils have a strong sense of belonging. Most love their school and are conscientious about making a positive contribution to it. Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils feel absolutely safe in school. They are kind to each other and respectful to staff. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding and a strength of the school. Staff are proud to be part of the school. They recognise their accountability and make the most of the good opportunities for training that are available. Governors know the school well and are deeply committed to its continuous improvement. They support and challenge senior leaders well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A few lessons require improvement, particularly in Key Stage 1 where pupils’ progress can be hindered because activities are not always well matched to their needs. Opportunities for pupils to show initiative and be actively involved in learning are sometimes missed. Not all teachers use computers and other technologies routinely to support learning in lessons. Mathematics is taught well as a separate subject, but the development of numeracy is not fully embedded in other work. Points for improvement in marking do not always help pupils to understand how to achieve their longer-term targets.