St Michael’s Primary School

Name St Michael’s Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 October 2013
Address Station Road, Withyham, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4BP
Phone Number 01892770307
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 82 (43% boys 57% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.6
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 4.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and other groups) is well below average. There are no pupils at school action. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught separately in a Reception class. Pupils in the rest of the school are taught in three mixed-age classes. There have been several staff changes in the last two years, including the appointment of a new headteacher and deputy headteacher, as well as other changes in staffing and staff responsibilities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils increasingly attain at levels above the national average by the age of 11. The great majority of pupils, including the very few disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, make good and often very good progress from their starting points. Pupils of all levels of ability share in the good achievement and develop as confident and articulate individuals. The quality of teaching is good, with teachers questioning pupils well, using teaching assistants constructively to support learning and using a range of resources to motivate pupils and increase their levels of skill and understanding. Pupils behave well and feel very safe in school. They enjoy both the lessons and out-of-school clubs and visits. Attendance is high, well above the national average. The headteacher has a strong commitment and high expectations. She monitors teaching and learning systematically and is well supported by a knowledgeable governing body. The school shows a clear capacity to improve further. Parents and carers are very supportive of the school and firmly believe that it promotes high standards, good progress and a high level of care for their children. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Teaching does not ensure that all pupils, and particularly the more able, make as much progress as they could in every lesson. Occasionally the more able pupils do not get sufficient opportunity to tackle challenging work on their own. Teachers’ marking does not consistently help pupils see how to take their work to the next level. The thorough monitoring of teaching and learning in lessons is very dependent on the headteacher alone. Other staff have very limited opportunities to observe, share in and disseminate the best practice although plans have been made to develop these opportunities.