St Mark’s CofE Primary School

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St Mark’s CofE Primary School


Name St Mark’s CofE Primary School
Website http://www.st-marks.w-sussex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 November 2014
Address St Mark’s Cofe Primary School, Brantridge Lane, Staplefield, West Sussex, RH17 6EN
Phone Number 01444400398
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 93 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 3.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.2%
Persisitent Absence 3.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 14%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St Mark’s is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are taught in mixed-year classes apart from Year 2. The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of a mixed year Reception and Year 1 class. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage attend full time. The vast majority of pupils come from a White British background. A small number are from ethnic minorities. Very few pupils speak English as an additional language. Six pupils have special educational needs and are supported at school action. This is lower than average. Five pupils are supported at school action plus, or have a statement of special educational needs. This is also lower than average. The proportion varies between classes. The proportion of pupils eligible for extra government funding known as the pupil premium is low. This is funding provided to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. In this school, six pupils are eligible. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is a member of a local network of schools that provides enrichment, sporting activities and competitions. The school works with several other schools and the local authority to share expertise, training and resources. Since the last inspection, there has been a 50 per cent turnover of teaching staff, added to which there has been some prolonged and some unplanned staff absence in different year groups.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school This is a happy, caring and safe learning environment. Pupils are respected and are proud to be at St Mark’s. Relationships are strong, pupils behave well and they have positive attitudes to learning. Leaders and governors have successfully improved the school’s effectiveness. The headteacher and staff have taken effective action to tackle the legacy of pupils’ underachievement and weaker teaching. Pupils’ achievement in reading, writing and mathematics is good. They make good progress as they move up through the school because : teaching is typically consistently good. Good support ensures that pupils who have special educational needs and disadvantaged pupils achieve well. The Early Years Foundation Stage is good because : learning is fun and exciting and children get off to a good start. Teaching, leadership and management are good and meet children’s learning and their social and emotional needs effectively. The rich range of activities provides exciting new learning experiences. Governors challenge leaders well to ensure pupils make good progress. Parents are very supportive of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always ensure that pupils who find learning easy are set harder work. The youngest pupils through to Year 2 have too few opportunities to test out their basic mathematics skills in a variety of ways. Pupils do not always read good quality books or other texts during reading sessions. Opportunities are sometimes missed to question pupils more deeply about their understanding of what they read.