Glenleigh Park Primary Academy

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Glenleigh Park Primary Academy

Name Glenleigh Park Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 July 2014
Address Gunters Lane, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 4ED
Phone Number 01424213611
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 416 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.9
Academy Sponsor Aurora Academies Trust
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 37.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.8%
Persisitent Absence 14.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

The academy is larger than the average-sized primary school and growing rapidly. It gained academy status in September 2012. It is sponsored and run by the Aurora Academies Trust (AAT). The executive headteacher was appointed in September 2013. All the teachers with class responsibility have been appointed since September 2012. The proportion of pupils supported by additional funding known as the pupil premium is above that found in most schools. This is additional government funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to those who are looked after. Most pupils are White British. Few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The academy runs a breakfast club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ progress has increased this year in every year group. Pupils’ basic reading, writing and mathematical skills have improved dramatically over the past year. Effective teaching is ensuring that pupils are rapidly catching up with where they should be at this stage in their education. Standards at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 have improved this year and are rising in all year groups. Teaching is typically good and improving strongly. Teachers and teaching assistants are enthusiastic and committed to helping every pupil to achieve well. The teaching of phonics (the sounds letters make) is well focused, regular and effective. The results of the Year 1 phonics check improved substantially in 2013. Caring and attentive adults in the Early Years Foundation Stage ensure that children feel secure and make good progress. Pupils are polite, well behaved and extremely proud of their academy. They feel very safe. Pupils enjoy school and attend regularly. Pupils’ attendance has improved substantially since the academy opened. The executive headteacher provides inspirational leadership for this rapidly improving school. Expectations of pupils’ learning and behaviour have risen rapidly since the academy opened. Senior leaders and governors have very quickly and successfully established a positive and purposeful atmosphere leading to better teaching and achievement. The academy is strongly committed to ensuring that all pupils do their best, regardless of background or ability. It is not yet an outstanding school because: There is not enough outstanding teaching. Occasionally, teaching is not demanding enough and the work set for pupils, including the most able, is too easy. Pupils make slightly slower progress in writing than in other skills because there are insufficient opportunities for pupils to practise writing skills in different subjects. Middle leaders do not have a sufficiently sharp view of the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement in different year groups.