Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy

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Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy

Name Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 May 2017
Address Little Ridge Avenue, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7LR
Phone Number 01424752266
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 426 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Academy Sponsor Ark Schools
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 8.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.3%
Persisitent Absence 4.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school became a member of the Ark academy trust in September 2014. The school is federated with Ark Blacklands Primary Academy. The executive principal leads both schools and there is a single local governing body. The schools share a leader for inclusion. There have been significant changes in the senior leadership of the school. The executive principal joined in January 2016, with the head of school and the assistant headteacher joining later in the year. Most pupils are of White British heritage. Children in the early years are taught in two full-time Reception classes. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than the national average. The school has a specially resourced provision for 16 pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan relating to speech and/or language difficulties. There are currently 11 pupils enrolled. The school runs a breakfast and after-school club which are managed by the local governing board. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leadership and management of the school are exceptionally strong. This strength is seen in leadership at all levels. As a result, the school has improved markedly since the academy opened. There is excellent capacity to improve further. Leaders make effective use of the strong support provided by the Ark academy trust. Staff share good practice from within the school. They also work closely with colleagues from the partner school in the federation. As a result, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is now good. While teaching is typically good, leaders recognise the need to continue to share good practice across the school so that teaching supports achievement at the highest levels. Safeguarding procedures are rigorous. Pupils feel safe in this inclusive, welcoming atmosphere. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils are polite. They are proud of their work and their school. While the rate of attendance has improved overall, the absence rate for some pupils remains too high. In 2016, the proportion of Year 6 pupils who reached the expected standard in the combined reading, writing and mathematics measure was above the national average. As a result of the improvement in the quality of teaching, all groups of pupils currently in the school make good progress in a wide range of subjects, including reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils in the speech and language unit are taught well and make good progress. Teachers know their pupils well. Lessons are interesting and pitched well to meet pupils’ needs. Governors, well supported by the trust, make a significant contribution to the school’s ongoing improvement. They provide effective challenge to school leaders. Children get off to an excellent start in the early years, where teaching is outstanding. As a result, children are very well prepared for Year 1.