Cross-in-Hand Church of England Primary School

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Cross-in-Hand Church of England Primary School

Name Cross-in-Hand Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Sheepsetting Lane, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, TN21 0XG
Phone Number 01435862941
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 333 (54.1% boys 45.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.7
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 10.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.1%
Persisitent Absence 8.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (04 March 2015)
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Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. The school provides full-time early years provision in two Reception classes. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress at the end of Year 6. There is currently an acting headteacher in post. The school has a breakfast club which was included in this inspection. There is also a private nursery on the school site, which is inspected separately. The early years outdoor area is shared with the private on-site nursery.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics because teaching is good. Above-average proportions of pupils attained the higher levels at the end of Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics in 2014. The acting headteacher has ensured that staff morale remains high during a period of change. The acting headteacher is well supported by governors, the acting deputy headteacher and other members of staff. The quality of teaching is improving and pupils are making faster progress as a result. Most parents express confidence in the school’s leadership and would recommend the school to another parent. Teachers’ good quality marking ensures that pupils are clear about what they are doing well and how they can improve their work. Teaching assistants play a valuable role in supporting pupils’ learning. Children make good progress in the early years. Warm relationships mean that children are happy and settled. The school has a positive and welcoming atmosphere. Classrooms are attractive and stimulating places for pupils to learn. Most pupils behave well and are proud of their school. They say that they feel safe. Relationships are good. Leaders use pupil premium funding well to support disadvantaged pupils’ learning. As a result, this group achieved as well as other pupils nationally in 2014. Governors know the school well. They have an accurate and realistic view of the school’s strengths and are committed to securing further improvements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, teachers do not use questioning fully to challenge and deepen pupils’ understanding. Tasks are not always adjusted well enough when pupils find the work too difficult. Provision in the early years outdoor area does not promote learning as well as that in the classroom. Not all subject leaders play a full part in the school’s development.