Leechpool Primary School

Name Leechpool Primary School
Website http://www.leechpoolprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Leechpool Lane, Horsham, RH13 6AG
Phone Number 01403210233
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 416 (46.9% boys 53.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.1
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.1%
Persistent Absence 4.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (18 July 2017)
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly in line with the national average. The early years provision consists of two Reception classes. Children attend full time. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which sets the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school runs a breakfast club, and an after-school club is managed by a private company.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors are passionate about the care, welfare and education of every pupil who attends the school. They have brought about many significant improvements to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment since the last inspection. The headteacher plays a pivotal role inspiring staff and pupils to do the best they can. She has the confidence of parents and staff, who hold the school in high regard. The curriculum is extremely well planned to motivate and engage pupils, and broaden their horizons and ambitions. Art and music feature strongly and contribute much to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children in Reception make good progress from their differing starting points. They quickly settle into the highly nurturing environment created by staff. Parents feel that their children thrive. They have every confidence that their children are well cared for, safe and happy. Pupils behave exceptionally well both inside and outside the classroom. They are consistently courteous and polite, whether or not staff are present. Pupils told inspectors that they thoroughly enjoy coming to school. They were highly appreciative of the teachers, and the wide range of opportunities pupils have in the arts and physical education. Pupils make good progress and typically reach above average standards in reading and spelling, punctuation and grammar. Attainment in writing has accelerated due to the hard work of leaders and teachers, although standards are not yet comparable with those in other aspects of English. Middle leaders share senior leaders’ ambition and vision for the school. They are innovative in developing the curriculum. However, some middle leaders lack confidence in analysing the impact of their good work, to pinpoint which strategies work best.