Aldrington CofE Primary School

Name Aldrington CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 November 2011
Address Eridge Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 7QD
Phone Number 01273542656
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 401 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.3
Local Authority Brighton and Hove
Percentage Free School Meals 9.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.5%

Information about the school

This is an average-sized school. All year groups, including the Early Years Foundation Stage, have single-age classes. Most pupils are White British with the others representing a very small range of other ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is currently just above the national average and includes those with speech and language issues and a range of physical disabilities. The proportion known to be eligible for free school meals is well below the national average. The school has improved its facilities since the previous inspection and the current phase of the new school buildings, a learning needs facility, is due to be opened in 2012. A daily on-site breakfast club, managed by the school, is provided for pupils who attend the school. The school has achieved a number of awards including Healthy Schools and Basic Skills Quality Mark.

Main findings

This is a good school. At the heart of its community, and led with a clear purpose by the headteacher, the school provides a secure and happy environment in which pupils do well. Parents and carers are delighted with what the school provides. Comments such as ‘It is a happy school’ and ‘Staff know each child very well’ reflect their very positive views. Many also said how much they appreciated the well-run early-morning breakfast club. Pupils are similarly enthusiastic. As one said, ’The teachers do a great job ... this is a special place.’ The school’s exceptionally strong Christian spirit effectively cultivates pupils’ very impressive spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. A clear set of values underpins the life of the school and is constantly reflected in day-to-day routines such as class prayers. The school has sustained good outcomes since the previous inspection. There have been a number of improvements. The now outstanding care, guidance and support contributes significantly to pupils’ positive attitudes to learning, their good and sometimes outstanding behaviour, and an excellent understanding of how to stay safe. Attendance has further improved and is now high. Reception children start school with skills and understanding broadly in line with expectations for their age. They make outstanding progress in their learning. This is because activities provide a very stimulating range of learning opportunities which promote high levels of independence and challenge them in their learning. Consistently good and sometimes outstanding teaching throughout the school, a well-planned curriculum and very effective induction and tracking systems make sure that the progress of pupils is effectively monitored. Appropriate support is provided for any in danger of falling behind. This ensures that most, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, make equally good progress. The good capacity for sustained improvement has been evident in the improvements in reading attainment which is the result of developments in teaching, very well-tailored intervention strategies, and effective use of assessment and tracking systems. Attainment in writing and mathematics has also continued to improve but has not risen as rapidly. This is because a few teachers do not always put their good lesson planning into practice, to ensure that pupils, particularly the more able, are consistently challenged to do well in lesson activities. The staff, governing body and headteacher work in good partnership. They are ambitious for the pupils and keen to improve the school’s work so that it becomes outstanding. They know what needs attention to enable this improvement. School improvement planning is good and is based on accurate and effective self-evaluation. The school has made continued improvement since its previous inspection and has good capacity to maintain its advance.