Durrington Infant School

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About Durrington Infant School

Name Durrington Infant School
Website http://www.durringtoninfantjunior.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Co Headteacher Mrs Sara Ensor
Address Salvington Road, Worthing, BN13 2JD
Phone Number 01903260138
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 296
Local Authority West Sussex
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a friendly and inclusive school.

The individuality of each pupil is celebrated. Pupils enjoy their learning. As one pupil put it, 'Everyone's goal is to be really clever.'

Pupils now learn to read well from a recently improved phonics programme. They also learn well in some other subjects. However, pupils do not yet acquire the full range of knowledge and skills that they need in every subject to be prepared for key stage 2.

Pupils conduct themselves in line with the high expectations that staff set for them. Pupils enjoy earning 'Durrington dosh' in recognition of good behaviour and academic successes. Some spend this on rewards in the shop.
.../>During social times, pupils play cooperatively, guided by the young leaders who come over from the junior school.

Pupils feel safe in school. Leaders take particular care to support pupils' and their family's well-being.

The 'community hub' provides a safe space where expert guidance and support are offered. Pupils mirror this care, showing kindness towards each other. Some pupils consider that bullying occasionally happens.

Despite this, they are confident that staff listen and support them with any worries they may have.

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

In recent years, the pace of change to review and improve aspects of the school has not ensured that pupils can achieve well across the full curriculum. The professional development leaders have planned has led to some improvements.

This includes improving reading. However, it has not yet had the desired impact of ensuring the curriculum is well planned across all subjects and age groups. In some subjects, the vision for what leaders want pupils to learn is not well defined.

Governors have started to better hold leaders to account for school performance. However, currently, there are no clear systems in place to ensure key policies and practices are consistently reviewed.

In some subjects, such as English, mathematics and physical education, the knowledge that pupils should learn is well planned.

It is ordered in a way that helps pupils to build their understanding systematically over time. Teachers have the required subject and teaching knowledge to help pupils to learn well. However, this is not replicated in several other subjects.

In some areas of the curriculum, the breadth of knowledge that pupils should learn is not planned or taught effectively. Teachers do not always check what pupils know and understand. Therefore, in some subjects, pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), do not learn as well as they should.

Leaders have prioritised improving how well pupils learn to read. They have recently introduced a new phonics programme. Comprehensive staff training has ensured that this is taught well.

During phonics lessons, pupils learn effective strategies to sound and blend words. Teachers routinely scan the room, checking how well pupils are doing. They pick up on misconceptions quickly and correct pupils accordingly.

The books that pupils read are well matched to the stage of reading that they are at. Consequently, most pupils are learning to read well.

Children get off to a good start to their schooling in the early years setting.

The curriculum planning is well developed. Staff prioritise developing children's understanding of physical health. Children develop secure knowledge about how food and exercise keep them healthy.

Children also quickly acquire other key skills such as how to use electronic devices that enhance learning. The early years provision helps children to be prepared for key stage 1.

Teachers identify the individual needs of pupils as early as possible.

Leaders have a determination to overcome potential barriers to learning for pupils with SEND. Many pupils get the extra support that they need to develop their language and communication. Staff interact skilfully with children to broaden their vocabulary.

In many subjects, pupils with SEND benefit from targeted support. Teachers adapt learning to their needs. This includes providing further opportunities for pupils to practise applying what they have learned.

This allows these pupils to have the same opportunities to learn as their peers.

Staff have high expectations for pupils' behaviour. The ethos of the school permeates across all classrooms.

Leaders place great importance for the whole school community on the values 'windmill'. This prominently displays the school's values such as care and respect. Pupils live up to these expectations by being kind and treating each other fairly.

Pupils value the opportunities to pursue their interests. There are a wide range of clubs and activities available to them. Pupils have an understanding of how to preserve their mental health.

Leaders recognise the need to further improve the school's personal development programme to ensure pupils have the knowledge they need in preparation for future life.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders provide regular, high-quality training to ensure staff have the up-to-date knowledge they need to keep pupils safe.

This ensures that they can spot signs of harm. When staff do raise concerns, leaders take effective action. They secure the help that pupils need to keep them safe.

The employment checks that leaders complete are suitably thorough.

Through the school's safeguarding curriculum, pupils learn effective strategies to keep themselves safe. This includes when they are online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some foundation subjects, leaders have not yet ensured that teachers always know the breadth and depth of what needs to be taught. This means that pupils do not always benefit from learning the key knowledge they need to progress to key stage 2. Leaders need to ensure that across all foundation subjects the steps of knowledge that pupils should learn are coherently planned and delivered effectively.

• Teachers do not always check that pupils have learned the intended curriculum as well as they should. This means that teachers do not have the information they need to adjust future curriculum planning. Consequently, pupils do not achieve as well as they could.

Leaders need to ensure teachers have the expertise they need to ensure pupils learn well and are fully prepared for their next stage of learning. ? Leaders, including governors, have not ensured that key policies are considered and reviewed appropriately. Leaders need to ensure statutory policies are reviewed and assure themselves that these policies are known and understood by all staff.

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