Castlewood Primary School

Name Castlewood Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Castlewood Road, Southwater, Horsham, RH13 9US
Phone Number 01403734822
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 192 (56.3% boys 43.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 5.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.3%
Persistent Absence 4.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 2.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (20 March 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium in this school is well below the national average. This is additional funding provided by the government to support pupils entitled to free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The very large majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, effectively supported by senior leaders, has successfully maintained pupils’ good achievement and outstanding behaviour since the last inspection. Teaching is good overall and some is outstanding, so that most pupils make good progress across the school. Attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 is consistently above average in English and mathematics. The teaching of writing is particularly successful, so that the proportions of pupils reaching both expected levels and the higher levels are well above average. Pupils’ attitudes to learning and their behaviour are outstanding. They treat each other with respect and are polite and courteous with adults. They feel extremely safe and secure. The curriculum makes a strong contribution to the development of pupils’ personal and social skills and to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Governors are knowledgeable and provide a good balance of challenge and support for the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement is not yet outstanding because : occasionally teachers do not have high enough expectations, so the progress made by some pupils slows, especially that of the most able. Plans for further development are appropriate but lack a sufficiently sharp focus on pupils’ achievement to accelerate the drive for improvement.