|Name||Maynards Green Community Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||11 March 2020|
|Address||Maynards Green, Heathfield, TN21 0DD|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||215 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||25.2|
|Local Authority||East Sussex|
|Percentage Free School Meals||7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection:
What is it like to attend this school?
Pupils enjoy coming to this school. They benefit from an extensive range of opportunities to learn about things beyond the subjects they study in classrooms. The regular ‘welly walks’ along local countryside trails are enjoyed by pupils as well as staff. These and other outdoor experiences are valued as an important part of pupils’ school experience.
There is an evident community ethos in the school. Each pupils’ individuality is recognised and valued. Pupils are happy and safe and are exceptionally well cared for here.
Leaders expect the best from all pupils. Pupils know the rules of their school well and are involved in developing these with school leaders.
Most pupils achieve well in the subjects they study. They are guided to be aware of their own mental health and well-being needs. They are unafraid to have a go when the work their teachers set them is difficult. As a result, most pupils develop as confident and resilient individuals.
The majority of pupils behave well. They respond positively to the instructions they receive from staff. Pupils say bullying is very rare, but that if it does occur, it is swiftly dealt with by staff.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
Leaders have developed an ambitious curriculum for all pupils to study. Mostly, it is planned well to help pupils remember and build on what they have learned previously. For example, in a classroom visit, children in the early years were exceptionally curious when dissolving gingerbread biscuits and being asked thoughtful questions about what they were seeing. After this, they planned further activities enthusiastically with their teacher to see if other biscuits would dissolve in the same way.
Teachers plan a range of interesting learning activities to help pupils know and remember more. Pupils in Year 6 concentrated fully on finding the value of missing angles in triangles during a mathematics lesson. However, sometimes in subjects such as science, the planned activities are not designed to help pupils develop their knowledge and skills well enough. As a result, some pupils become confused about their learning or lose interest and off-task behaviours emerge.
Leaders make sure reading is at the heart of every pupils’ day. Children in the early years quickly learn the letters and sounds that they need to help them develop their early reading skills. Teachers plan many opportunities for pupils to practise the sounds they learn. Children in Year 1 enjoyed spotting how the same letters make different sounds in the words ‘steam’ and ‘healthier’ in a phonics session. Teachers ensure that older pupils read a wide range of books. Pupils read to their teachers and each other often. Leaders ensure that pupils in need of additional support receive the help they need to catch up.
Leaders’ focus on developing pupils’ character and resilience is exemplary. Thoughtful curriculum activities support pupils’ strong progress in these areas. Varied classroom debates are built into the curriculum. Pupils enjoy visits to a local care home so that they can read and create art and craft work with the residents. Pupils are very confident to speak their views, listen to and engage with others. They are caring and accepting of others’ differences. One pupil spoke for many other pupils when they said, ‘It is exciting to meet people from other countries.’
Leaders provide excellent opportunities for pupils to develop their understanding of life in modern Britain. For example, pupils’ work to improve their own environment has a high profile. Year 1 pupils worked together enthusiastically to help reduce the impact of plastic in the sea. Older pupils have a very secure understanding of democracy and the rule of law. One pupil speaking for others said, ‘Democracy is about our freedom.’ Pupils enjoy the wide range of school trips, clubs and competitions on offer in the school. These include swimming and entering poetry competitions.
Leaders support the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities very well. Teachers know the individual needs of these pupils. As a result, this vulnerable group achieve highly.
Governors know their legal duties well and work closely with school leaders. Nevertheless, governors do not have an accurate enough understanding of the impact of leaders’ work on improving the quality of education at the school. Consequently, they are swiftly upskilling and adjusting their roles and responsibilities to address this.
Staff feel very well supported by leaders. They feel listened to and valued. Parents are also highly supportive of the work staff do for their children’s education.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Leaders have developed systems and processes that support pupils’ safety appropriately. They ensure that staff are well trained and know how to report any concerns they might have. Staff use the school’s systems to protect pupils well. Leaders respond swiftly to any concerns raised.
Governors check often that the culture of safeguarding remains effective. Leaders work well with other agencies. They put the child at the centre of all their actions. They ensure that vulnerable pupils and their families receive appropriate help. As a result, vulnerable pupils and their families receive the care and support they need.
What does the school need to do to improve?
(Information for the school and appropriate authority)
Most teachers plan activities that help pupils learn the subject knowledge and skills the curriculum intends. They select appropriate materials and present them clearly to build pupils’ knowledge over time. However, in a few subjects, such as science, this is not always the case. As a result, some pupils do not always have the knowledge they require to move on successfully with their next steps. Leaders need to ensure that the school’s curriculum is always planned and delivered so that all pupils are prepared well enough to move to the next stage of their learning in all subjects. . Governors have re-established their roles and responsibilities after a period of uncertainty. However, the information governors receive or review is not always focused enough on the school’s priorities for development. Consequently, governors do not always have an accurate view of how well the school is doing to address the school’s priorities for improvement. Governors need to further develop their understanding of leaders’ work, so that they are even better placed to support and challenge leaders to improve the school in the future.