Castle Primary School

Name Castle Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Castle Street, Portchester, Fareham, PO16 9QQ
Phone Number 02392375324
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 417 (51.1% boys 48.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 14.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%
Persistent Absence 6%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (11 June 2014)
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Information about this school

This school is a well above average-sized primary school. Most pupils attending the school are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average, but significantly higher in some year groups. A below average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium.This is additional government funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after. In some year groups, the small number of pupils supported by the pupil premium also includes a high proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils of all abilities make at least good progress throughout the school. By the time they leave at the end of Year 6, their attainment is above average, representing good achievement. Children make an excellent start to their learning in the Reception classes. They respond extremely well to the stimulating activities provided for them. The quality of teaching is typically good, and some is outstanding, especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school?s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding, because staff are diligent in sustaining high quality care for the pupils. Pupils share very warm relationships with adults and behave well. Pupils participate fully in the wide range of learning activities provided for them, many of which are practically based. This rich variety of opportunity strongly promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Parents share very positive links with staff, encourage their children to value and enjoy school and help to sustain high levels of pupils? attendance. The headteacher provides the school with clear direction. He is well supported by senior colleagues and governors. They share a full involvement in all aspects of school life and are strongly committed to further improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is improving, but not enough is yet outstanding. Pupils achieve well overall, but not all pupils make the progress of which they are capable. Pupils? ability to write creatively and with reflection, including across the range of subjects, is not always promoted well enough.