St Thomas’ Church of England Aided Primary School


Name St Thomas’ Church of England Aided Primary School
Website http://www.st-thomas-winchelsea.e-sussex.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 October 2014
Address Friars Road, Winchelsea, East Sussex, TN36 4ED
Phone Number 01797226479
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 143 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 14.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.7%

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are five mixed age classes. Almost all pupils are from a White British background. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is very small and below the national average. The proportion of pupils funded by the pupil premium is small and well below the national average. This is additional government funding to give extra support for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after. The early years provision is full time. The headteacher is a Local Leader of Education. She is currently supporting another school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There have been several changes in staff since the previous inspection. A new deputy headteacher was appointed in April 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and the governing body, fully supported by the staff, are determined to pursue excellence across all areas of school life. The headteacher is decisive in her actions to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Pupils enjoy learning and make good progress in all classes. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 are above those found nationally. Teaching is effective in all classes. Teachers have a good understanding of how children learn and are adept at planning lessons that accurately meet pupils’ needs. They are skilled at managing the mixed age ranges within each class to ensure all pupils make good progress. Pupils are kept safe and are well looked after. They respond by working hard and behaving well. Good use is made of extra government funding to support disadvantaged pupils to succeed highly. Any gaps in achievement between this group and all pupils are very small and closing. Parents are very supportive of the school and think their children make good progress in a safe and happy environment. As a result, attendance has improved and is now average. The early years provision is good. Children make good use of the inspirational classroom and outside area to explore and develop their skills. They have highly positive attitudes to learning. The experienced governing body provides strong support and effective challenge to the headteacher to ensure standards and progress continue to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The highest quality of teaching is not always shared widely enough to ensure all teachers continually improve their practice. Opportunities for pupils to respond to comments teachers make about their work are not consistent in all classes. A few parents are still not ensuring their child attends school every day.