Hollington Primary Academy

Name Hollington Primary Academy
Website http://www.hollingtonprimaryacademy.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 29 January 2013
Address Hollington Old Lane, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 9DS
Phone Number 01424851783
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 418 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Academy Sponsor University Of Brighton Academies Trust
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 47.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.9%
Persisitent Absence 14.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.4%
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

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. It has provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage in one Nursery and three Reception classes. There are 32 children attending on a part-time basis in the Nursery. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage, with a lower than average proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and a small number of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is twice the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is high when compared with the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for looked after children, pupils eligible for free school meals and children of service families, is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not make use of any off-site alternative provision. The governing body manages a daily breakfast club. There have been six staff changes amongst teachers since the last inspection. The school is part of a local consortium of three schools called the Hollington Strategic Alliance.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Teaching is good and almost all pupils make good progress and achieve well. This includes disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs and those for whom the school receives additional funding. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage from low starting points, because of good teaching and support that is well focused. Behaviour is good and this supports learning well. Around the school pupils are polite, friendly and know how to keep safe. School leaders have been successful in improving teaching and this in turn has helped improve pupils’ progress. The headteacher is relentless in his drive for continuing improvement and is supported very well by his senior team and the governing body. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching and very occasionally some lessons require improvement. Marking is inconsistent and pupils do not always respond to teachers’ advice. Although pupils achieve well, attainment in English at the higher Level 5 is below average.