Arunside School, Horsham

Name Arunside School, Horsham
Ofsted Inspections
Address Blackbridge Lane, Horsham, RH12 1RR
Phone Number 01403263919
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 397 (56.2% boys 43.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.3%
Persistent Absence 10.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 November 2013)
Note: There may have been more recent inspections, since 26 November 2013, such as monitoring visits or short inspections. For details of all inspections, please see above.

Information about this school

In this smaller-than-average size primary school, the great majority of pupils are White British. The proportion from minority ethnic backgrounds is broadly average. An above average number of these pupils speak English as an additional language. A sizeable number of pupils are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is average. The pupil premium is additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those with a parent in the armed services. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. An above average number of pupils join or leave the school at other than usual times. There are plans to increase the school’s roll in the future and a major building programme is underway to facilitate this. The school holds several awards, including Healthy Schools, Eco Green Flag and the Intermediate International Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All leaders, including governors, have a sharp focus on improving teaching. Consequently, pupils’ standards in reading, writing and mathematics are rising. All groups of pupils now make good progress from their starting points. Overall, teaching is good. Imaginative activities capture pupils’ interest and develop their literacy and numeracy skills well. Pupils benefit greatly from the excellent teamwork between teachers and assistants. Pupils are proud of their school and value the warm and trusting relationships that underpin their positive attitudes to learning. Pupils behave well. They feel safe and very well looked after. The headteacher provides clear and resolute leadership. She works closely with governors who provide her with effective support and challenge. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding and there is still a small amount of teaching that requires improvement. Opportunities for pupils to find things out for themselves are missed in some lessons. The best practice in marking has not yet been fully shared across the school. Occasionally in lessons, the work is not hard enough for the more-able pupils, and the pace is too slow. Teachers do not always use questioning well to probe and extend pupils’ understanding.