St Mark’s Church of England Primary School


Name St Mark’s Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.st-marks.e-sussex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 July 2018
Address School Lane, Hadlow Down, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4HY
Phone Number 01825830375
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 92 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.7
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 7.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%

Information about this school

St Mark’s Church of England Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is the lead school in The St Mark’s Teaching School Alliance. The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is below the national average for primary schools. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above the national average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The two co-headteachers share a deep moral purpose to provide the best possible education for every pupil in this small school. They work extremely effectively together. Governors provide a high level of challenge to school leaders. They plan ahead thoughtfully and keep a close watch on the school’s finances. Governors’ checks on safeguarding are rigorous. Pupils behave exceptionally well. They have respectful relationships with each other and with the staff. This is a happy and harmonious school. Children get off to a flying start in the early years because of the high-quality provision they receive. Children settle into school quickly and happily. The curriculum provides pupils with many opportunities to learn a range of subjects. This is enriched by enjoyable after-school clubs and stimulating visits. However, leaders recognise that further work to develop pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding in subjects other than English and mathematics is a top priority. Teachers appreciate the many opportunities leaders give them to develop their skills. As a result, teachers have strong subject knowledge. They constantly strive to improve their practice. Reading is a strength of the school. The skilled teaching of phonics ensures that pupils are encouraged and supported to read widely. As a result, pupils’ outcomes in reading are impressive. Recent changes to the teaching of mathematics are beginning to reap benefits. Pupils use a range of calculation skills competently to solve complex problems. A developing range of appealing resources deepens their learning further. The most able pupils do not consistently achieve the standards of which they are capable, particularly in writing and mathematics. High expectations and challenge for these pupils are increasingly evident but not yet fully established. Parents and carers are extremely positive about the school. They feel their children are safe, well cared for and treated as individuals.