Furzefield Primary School

Name Furzefield Primary School
Website http://www.furzefield.surrey.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 November 2012
Address Delabole Road, Merstham, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 3PA
Phone Number 01737642842
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 488 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 20.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.9%
Persisitent Absence 11.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is extra funding made available by the government to support certain groups of pupils, is above average. The majority of pupils have English as their first language and the number of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below the national average. A specialist resource centre, The Ocean, provides for the needs of pupils identified as having moderate learning difficulties. The children’s centre, also part of the school site, includes a nursery, Shining Stars, for children aged three. A higher proportion of pupils than those found nationally is supported at school action and school action plus or has a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s floor standard, which is the minimum expected for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Standards in both English and mathematics have risen steadily over the last three years. Teaching and learning are good across the school and some teaching in Key Stage 2 is outstanding. Teachers and other adults have high expectations and these help children to learn well. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress from generally below expected starting points. Pupils are keen and enthusiastic to attend school and show positive attitudes both to each other and to their learning. They enjoy their lessons and behave well in and around school. The school provides a safe environment in which to learn. Pupils say they feel safe and well looked after. The headteacher, senior leaders and governing body provide effective leadership and have ambitious plans to further improve the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in writing in Key Stage 2, especially in pupils’ use of grammar, spelling and punctuation, are not good enough. The methods for communicating clearly to parents and carers that the current headteacher has put in place have yet to have full impact. Teachers do not always give pupils enough time to learn and work on their own, particularly in Key Stage 2.