Forge Wood Primary School

Name Forge Wood Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 June 2019
Address Somerley Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 3SW
Phone Number 02087164987
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 172 (51% boys 49% girls)
Academy Sponsor Glf Schools
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who are supported by the pupil premium is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The school is a two-form entry school. It opened in 2016 to serve the needs of a new housing development in Crawley, West Sussex. The school has occupied the current purpose-built school since autumn 2017. The school currently has pupils from Reception Year up to Year 2. It will be a two-form entry primary school by 2023. The school has two Reception classes, a Year 1 class and a Year 2 class. It will admit pupils into Year 3 in September 2019. The school has a breakfast club and an after-school club. Both clubs are operated by private providers and were not included in this inspection. The school is a member of the GLF Schools multi-academy trust. The school has a school strategy board which provides its governance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and deputy headteacher provide inspirational leadership for this happy, inclusive and hard-working school. Highly effective teaching ensures that pupils learn exceptionally well. As a result, pupils are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education, both personally and academically. Leaders and teachers have the same high expectations of all pupils. They consider each pupil’s individual needs carefully, making adjustments to teaching according to how well pupils are learning. Pupils are curious about the world around them and are respectful of the views and beliefs of others. Pupils’ excellent behaviour makes a strong contribution to their enjoyment of school and to the quality of their learning. The multi-academy trust (MAT) provides exceptional support and challenge for the school and its staff. Parents and carers who completed Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, and those who spoke with the inspector were highly appreciative of the school’s work. The school’s exciting curriculum takes pupils on a journey of discovery and learning. As a result, they are highly engaged and motivated to learn. The early years team provides children with an excellent start to school life. Children are happy, settled and excited about learning. They make very strong progress during early years and are well prepared for Year 1. The school strategy board provides very effective governance. Members of the board work closely with staff and trustees to consider and review the school’s work. Middle leaders are clear about their roles and responsibilities. They provide effective support for teachers. As a result, high-quality teaching has been sustained over time. Middle leaders are currently refining and strengthening their roles in readiness for the school’s forthcoming expansion into key stage 2. They are determined to make an even stronger contribution to the school’s development.