Burwash CofE School

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About Burwash CofE School

Name Burwash CofE School
Website http://www.burwash.e-sussex.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Debbie Gilbert
Address School Hill, Burwash, Etchingham, TN19 7DZ
Phone Number 01435882440
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 160
Local Authority East Sussex
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Main findings

Burwash is an outstanding school. Its pupils are great ambassadors for their school of which they, staff, governors, parents and carers are justifiably very proud.

There is a great sense of belonging and unity within the school and the local community and pupils clearly live up to their self-chosen motto of 'Caring Children Loving Learning'. At the heart of the school's success is the very strong teamwork and commitment by all staff to meeting the academic and personal needs and aspirations of every single pupil. Pupils are well-rounded individuals who really enjoy learning and are happy, confident and excited by all their experiences at school.

This is reflected in their above average attend...ance. Outstanding teaching and a rich, vibrant and innovative curriculum inspire and motivate pupils to become independent and resourceful learners. By the time pupils leave the school, attainment is high and pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, achieve exceptionally well.

The school works exceptionally well with its parents and carers. Outstanding partnerships with other schools and organisations are well established, enrich the curriculum and contribute significantly to pupils' well-being and learning opportunities. The inclusive and Christian ethos of the school, and the well-established links with the neighbouring church, make a very positive contribution to pupils' outstanding spiritual, moral and social development and they have a well-defined understanding of Christian values.

Cultural development is good. Pupils learn about other faiths and cultures through the curriculum, however, they have limited direct experience of them. The school has links with a school in Malawi and has worked with schools in a different context in this country.

However, leaders have correctly identified that its work on the national and global aspects of community cohesion is less well developed than the strengths of its work in the school and local community. The headteacher, senior leaders, subject leaders and governors work closely together, and extremely effectively, to accurately evaluate the strengths and areas for development in the school and drive forward improvement. There is no complacency.

The relentless drive and commitment of the highly effective, outstanding, leadership of the headteacher ensures that all pupils have the very best learning experiences. Since the previous inspection, the school's overall effectiveness has improved from good to outstanding. Boys' writing skills have improved and are in line with the high standards in writing achieved by girls, which was the area to improve at the last inspection.

High expectations, challenging targets and a commitment to teachers' continuing professional development have raised the quality of teaching to outstanding. These consistent improvements demonstrate that there is an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement. Many parental views were summed up by one in the comment, 'I am confident and secure that my children attend an academically successful, caring, nurturing, happy school where a love of learning will stay with them into adulthood.'

Information about the school

This inspection was carried out by two additional inspectors. They observed 10 lessons and eight teachers. Meetings were held with the headteacher, the assistant headteacher, other staff with leadership responsibilities, pupils and the Chair of the Governing Body.

Inspectors observed the school's work and looked at a range of documentation including the school's self-evaluation, the school improvement plan, pupils' progress records and the safeguarding policies and procedures. Questionnaires from 66 parents and carers were received and analysed along with those from staff and pupils. The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school's work.

It looked in detail at a number of key areas. How effectively assessment procedures and the curriculum support pupils' progress. The impact of the work of subject leaders on school improvement.

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