Durrington Infant School

Name Durrington Infant School
Website http://www.durringtoninfantjunior.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Salvington Road, Worthing, BN13 2JD
Phone Number 01903260138
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 267 (50.2% boys 49.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 19.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.8%
Persistent Absence 10.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (29 September 2016)
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Information about this school

After a period of staffing turbulence, in September 2015 two co-headteachers were appointed to run both this infant school and the on-site junior school. At the time of the last inspection the school was a first school, which means it educated pupils from Reception to Year 3. The school ceased to be a first school in July 2015 and became an infant school with pupils from Reception Year to the end of Year 2. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the pupil premium strategy on its website. Durrington Infant School is much larger than the average-sized infant school. Durrington Infant and Junior Schools were federated on April 2011. From that date the two schools share the same governing body. The large majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is higher than that found in most schools. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than the national average. There is a breakfast club and an after-school club which pupils from both the infant and junior schools attend. There is a nursery attached to the infant school. Durrington Junior School was inspected at the same time as the infant school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The co-headteachers have worked extremely hard to bring about significant improvement. They have shown determination to succeed and have generated a strong sense of purpose and direction. They have been well supported by senior and middle leaders and, as a result, staff morale is high. The governing body holds leaders to account in a robust and challenging manner. Governors have high expectations. The quality of teaching is consistently good. Teachers know pupils well. Working closely with teaching assistants, they make sure work is well matched to pupils? needs. The teaching of phonics is good. Pupils make good progress given their starting points and recent results show improvements in their achievements. Parents are extremely positive about the school. They like its caring and inclusive ethos and the time and effort staff take to make them welcome at the school. Parents have been quick to recognise the improvements made by the school. Leaders recognise that further enrichment of the curriculum is required to fully motivate pupils to achieve well in all subjects. Provision for the early years classes is effective but the outside environment is underdeveloped as a place for the children to extend their learning. Pupils are happy at school. They behave very well. They support and respect each other and want to do well. In lessons, most pupils listen attentively and respond enthusiastically to teachers and teaching assistants. The school provides a safe, caring and supportive environment where pupils say they feel safe. Attendance is good and improving. Middle leaders are enthusiastic and motivated. They are developing their leadership skills but this process is in the early stages. The work produced by pupils is of good quality and shows the pride they have in their school. The school?s ?working together windmill? promotes the school?s values and, in turn, the pupils? spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.