Emsworth Primary School

Name Emsworth Primary School
Website http://www.emsworthprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Victoria Road, Emsworth, PO10 7LX
Phone Number 01243375750
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 383 (51.2% boys 48.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 15.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.4%
Persistent Absence 5.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.9%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Emsworth is a smaller than average-sized primary school in which some pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. A greater proportion of pupils than is seen nationally join or leave the school between Reception and Year 6.

The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by school action is above average as is the proportion supported by school action plus or a statement of special educational needs. The school does not use any alternative provision for pupils. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups including those who speak English as an additional language is low.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupils premium, which provides funding for children in local authority care, children from service families and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is in line with the national average. The school meets government floor standards in English and mathematics, the minimum standards for pupils’ attainment and progress required by the government. The current headteacher joined the school in September 2012.

There is an acting deputy headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The strong leadership of the headteacher and commitment and hard work of staff and the governing body have helped improve the school well since its last inspection.

It is well placed to improve further. Rigorous and regular checking of the impact teaching and curriculum planning have on pupils’ progress ensures that emerging weaknesses are accurately identified and quickly addressed. Pupils are well taught.

Good subject knowledge, clear demonstrations and explanations, and effective opportunities for discussion help pupils to achieve well, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Attainment is rising, with the very large majority of pupils reaching the levels expected for their age, especially in mathematics and literacy, including reading. Their understanding of the sounds letters make in words (phonics) is especially good.

Strong behaviour management, good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and very effective safeguarding procedures ensure behaviour and relationships are good. Pupils enjoy school and work hard. A significant strength of the school is the very effective partnership between staff and members of the governing body.

Governors hold the school to account well, and are very supportive of staff, regularly undertaking joint monitoring activities. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Too few pupils attain the higher levels in the national assessments for Years 2 and 6 pupils because they lack some of the more complex reading, writing and mathematical skills that would help them to do so. Only a small minority of teaching is outstanding because of the slower pace of learning in some lessons, the lack of specific learning targets and activities for some ability groups, and inconsistencies in the use of assessment and target-setting procedures.