St Martin’s CofE Primary School

Name St Martin’s CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 September 2017
Address Hartington Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 3LJ
Phone Number 01273707114
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 227 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Percentage Free School Meals 23.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.9%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The 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 proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium is higher than that found in most primary schools. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The school runs an ‘early morning drop off club’ before the start of the school day. The school works closely with St Andrew’s CofE Primary School, sharing expertise and professional development opportunities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school This school has improved substantially since the previous inspection. Good-quality teaching ensures that pupils of all ages achieve well in English, mathematics and other subjects. The school’s positive, friendly and upbeat atmosphere contributes well to pupils’ learning and to their enjoyment of school. Leaders and governors know the school well. They are understandably proud of the considerable improvements they have made to the quality of teaching and learning since the previous inspection. Subject leaders have played a valuable role in securing improvements in teaching. However, their evaluation does not focus well enough on whether pupils’ outcomes are improving as a result. Children make strong progress during early years. Caring staff, strong relationships and effective teaching ensure that children settle into school quickly and learn well. Parents know that the headteacher and his team will take good care of their children. Pupils of all ages feel secure and respected. Pupils behave well and attend school regularly. They are friendly, polite and keen to learn. Teachers and teaching assistants provide skilful support for those pupils who need extra help with their learning. This ensures that pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make exceptional progress. Pupils make slower progress in reading than they do in writing and mathematics. Teaching does not deepen pupils’ understanding of their reading fully enough. Teachers have much higher expectations of pupils’ learning than at the time of the previous inspection. As a result, pupils make increasingly strong progress. However, the most able pupils do not achieve as well as they should.