Parklands Community Primary School

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Parklands Community Primary School

Name Parklands Community Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Durnford Close, Chichester, PO19 3AG
Phone Number 01243788630
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 423 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.9
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 18.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5%
Persistent Absence 7.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.8%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (09 September 2014)
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Information about this school

The school is a smaller than the average-sized primary school. It includes specially resourced provision for pupils with social and communication needs in the form of a special support unit, which has 11 pupils aged between four and 11 years currently on roll. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for additional government funding, known as the pupil premium, is lower than the national average. This extra money is provided for children known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportions of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are higher than in most other schools. Some pupils have speech, language and communication needs, whilst others have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties or other needs. Most pupils are of White British heritage. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage have one Reception class provided for them. The headteacher joined the school in January 2012. The deputy headteacher joined the school in September 2012.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage settle in quickly and are taught well. They make good progress and are well prepared for Year 1. Key Stage 2 pupils? progress in mathematics has improved rapidly. Pupils now make good progress in all subjects across much of the school. Last year?s Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils achieved results above the most recent national averages. Pupils? results in Key Stage 2 strongly improved over the previous year. Most teaching is good across the school, with some that is outstanding. Pupils are courteous and well behaved. They work and play together happily and cooperatively. The school keeps pupils safe and looks after them well. Pupils with special educational needs are well supported and highly valued by other pupils and staff. The headteacher, along with other leaders and governors, has raised the school?s expectations. The leadership team?s well-planned actions have led to improvements to pupils? achievement and to the quality of teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teachers give sufficiently challenging work to the most able pupils. Not all teachers have consistently high expectations of what pupils can achieve in writing. As a result, pupils? progress in writing is sometimes too slow.