Dallington Church of England Primary School

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About Dallington Church of England Primary School

Name Dallington Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.dallington.e-sussex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Paul Cox
Address The Street, Dallington, Heathfield, TN21 9NH
Phone Number 01435830335
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 113
Local Authority East Sussex
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Dallington Church of England Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive in this caring school. They form strong relationships with one another. Staff create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where pupils feel happy and safe.

One pupil voiced the views of many when they said, 'Everyone supports you here, including the teachers.' For example, older pupils take on the role of 'playground leaders' and look after younger pupils during playtimes.

Leaders understand the needs of each pupil and have high expectations for all.

Staff across the two schools in the federation work together to broaden opportunities for pup...ils. One pupil said, and others agreed, 'Our teachers are really fun and engaging.' Teachers support all pupils well across the curriculum.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive helpful support in lessons. This enables them to succeed across the curriculum.

Pupils behave well in class and around the school.

They enjoy spending time with one another and make good use of the school grounds. For example, they grow vegetables in the school garden and develop their problem-solving skills in forest school. Pupils learn about their emotional well-being.

This helps them to understand and manage their feelings better. On the rare occasion when bullying occurs, pupils are very confident that staff will resolve this swiftly.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders provide an ambitious curriculum, which is meaningful and relevant to the pupils.

They have identified the important knowledge that pupils need to know by the end of each year. In reading and mathematics, the precise knowledge that pupils must learn builds in a logical sequence over time. This helps teachers to know exactly what to teach.

However, in some subjects, exactly what pupils must learn is less clear. Leaders are in the process of reviewing the curriculum for these subjects. These changes are not yet embedded.

Teachers have good knowledge of the subjects they teach. They present subject matter clearly. They use questioning to check understanding and to clarify what pupils have learned and remembered previously.

Teachers use this information to adapt their teaching to support pupils with gaps in their learning. Leaders have ensured that curriculum changes have not increased the workload faced by staff. However, in some subjects, the curriculum changes introduced are not consistently applied.

Leaders have not picked up on this swiftly enough. This has led to inconsistency in the delivery of some subjects.

Staff support pupils with SEND well.

They receive helpful training that enables them to identify the needs of pupils. Teachers adapt lessons carefully to ensure that all pupils can succeed. Leaders work effectively with staff, governors and parents from across the federation to review the quality of provision for pupils with SEND.

This is impressive and strengthens communication between the school and families.

Leaders prioritise reading. They want pupils to develop a love of reading and become fluent, confident readers.

Children in the early years develop a love of story. They quickly learn the sounds they need to know to learn how to read. Teachers encourage pupils to talk about what they learn.

This helps pupils to build their vocabulary. As pupils move through the school, they read with increasing fluency. Teachers ensure that the books they read to pupils really broaden their reading experience.

Staff support pupils who have fallen behind in their reading well, helping them to catch up quickly.

Pupils behave well in class and around the school. From the early years, children show kindness towards one another, because this is modelled by adults and older pupils.

If pupils become distracted in class, teachers help pupils to regain their focus swiftly. This ensures that pupils' behaviour does not disrupt learning.

Staff provide a wide range of opportunities for pupils beyond the curriculum.

Pupils are enthusiastic about the variety of activities and events and know that they are open to all. Clubs are varied and include different sporting activities and a club that develops rural skills with 'Farmer John'. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND are fully included in the extra-curricular offer at the school.

Leaders ensure that pupils learn about the wider world and their place in it. Visitors to the school have taught pupils about diversity and disability. Staff encourage pupils to consider the needs of others in their community.

For example, pupils visit a local care home and read with the residents. Teachers help pupils to recognise and value the needs of others. This work helps to prepare older pupils well for their move to secondary school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff receive comprehensive training, which ensures that they can identify pupils who may be at risk of harm. Leaders carefully track concerns raised, and they act swiftly to safeguard pupils.

They work closely with other agencies to help pupils and families receive the help needed to keep pupils safe. Governors review the procedures in place to ensure that staff are clear about the expectations for safeguarding.

Teachers ensure that pupils know how to stay safe online.

Older pupils learn about issues such as radicalisation. Pupils are confident that they can speak with adults in the school if they have a concern.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, leaders have not identified the sequence of learning precisely enough so that pupils develop understanding systematically.

As a result, pupils do not always have the necessary prior knowledge for future learning. Leaders need to continue to refine the curriculum so that pupils achieve well in all subjects. ? There is inconsistency in curriculum implementation for some subjects.

This means that pupils do not always learn the intended curriculum as well as they could. Leaders need to monitor curriculum implementation in all subjects to ensure that it is embedded securely and consistently.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually, this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in January 2013.

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