Funtington Primary School

Name Funtington Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 September 2013
Address Heather Close, West Ashling, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 8DR
Phone Number 01243575675
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 103 (58% boys 42% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 8.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%
Persisitent Absence 9.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a smaller-than-average size primary school. There is a relatively high turnover of pupils as families move in and out of the area. Most pupils are White British. Few are from minority ethnic backgrounds or speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. The pupil premium is additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, children with a parent or carer serving in the armed forces and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher took up her post in September 2011. The school holds several awards, including Enhanced Healthy School status, Eco-Schools and the International School award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher provides strong leadership. Since her appointment two years ago, she has worked successfully with senior leaders and governors to improve teaching and raise pupils’ achievement. Pupils’ attainment in English and mathematics is rising and all groups now make good progress from their starting points. Good teaching supports pupils’ learning well with carefully tailored activities and high-quality resources. Pupils are very happy at school, enjoy learning and behave very well. They feel safe and valued as individuals. All pupils thrive as a result of the close attention that is given to their well-being. Pupils subscribe eagerly to the wealth of experiences offered beyond the classroom. These opportunities promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching, particularly in mathematics. The shared planning that underpins the most effective English teaching has not been extended to mathematics. In some lessons, openings for pupils to exercise choice and initiative by finding things out on their own are missed. Occasionally, learning is not well paced and teachers’ questions are not directed effectively. Pupils’ ability to assess their own and others’ work is not systematically developed.