Boxgrove CofE Primary School

Name Boxgrove CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address The Street, Boxgrove, Chichester, PO18 0EE
Phone Number 01243773309
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 70 (47.1% boys 52.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 25%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4%
Pupils with SEN Support 12%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (08 October 2013)
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Information about this school

This is a small school serving the local village, with three classes including mixed ages of pupils. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with statements of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium funding is below average. This is funding allocated by the government to support pupils who are known to have been eligible for free school meals, children looked after by the local authority, and children from families serving in the forces. The school meets the floor standards, the minimum expectations set by the government for the attainment and progress of pupils in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress whilst at the school and reach standards which are above average, particularly in reading and in mathematics. Teaching is almost always good, and occasionally outstanding. Teachers use the detailed knowledge they have about pupils? skills and knowledge to plan work which meets their needs well. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are supported through effective strategies, and make good progress, particularly in their reading and mathematics. Pupils are keen to do the work they are given and are well behaved. The focus on understanding pupils? rights, alongside their own responsibilities, helps pupils feel valued. Pupils say that they get along very well and recognise that the close-knit family feel of the small school means they feel very safe. They are kind to one another and help out if anyone is feeling down. The leadership of the headteacher is highly effective. She communicates high expectations of pupils and staff, and exemplifies these herself. She makes sure that plans to bring about improvements are followed through. Other leaders are newer to the roles, and are increasingly effective. Governors are well informed and provide the headteacher with good support, alongside the challenge they bring. Together with school leaders, they make sure that all the requirements for keeping pupils safe are met. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet enough teaching which is outstanding. The most able pupils are not always challenged to the full extent of their skills. Occasionally, pupils rely too much on the teachers to decide what they need to do next. Standards in writing are not as high as reading or mathematics, particularly at the end of Key Stage 1. Pupils do not get enough opportunities to be independent in their writing tasks, or to prove how they have made progress.