Portfield Primary Academy

Name Portfield Primary Academy
Website http://www.portfield-tkat.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address St James Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7HA
Phone Number 01243783939
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 208 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.9
Academy Sponsor The Kemnal Academies Trust
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 41.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.9%
Persistent Absence 21.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 July 2016)
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Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Portfield Primary Academy is part of the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT). The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding is higher than that found in most schools. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than the national average. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress. The school has a Special Support Centre (SSC) for pupils who have speech and language needs. Sixteen pupils between the ages of four and 11 currently attend the SSC. Pupils have some of their lessons in the SSC and some in the school?s main classrooms. The school provides full-time early years provision in the Reception class. The school operates a breakfast club on the school premises which was included in this inspection. One pupil currently attends an alternative provider on a full-time temporary basis. The school meets the requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. There have been several changes in headship since the previous inspection. The executive headteacher was appointed in September 2015 and the head of school was appointed in January 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The executive headteacher, head of school and governing body have halted a decline in standards in English and mathematics since the executive headteacher?s appointment in September 2015. Leaders have taken swift action to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment during the past year. Teachers have much higher expectations of pupils? learning and behaviour than at the time of the previous inspection. Substantial improvements in teaching have lifted pupils? outcomes in all key stages. Pupils? progress has accelerated dramatically since the previous inspection. They make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics across the school. Leaders have secured substantial improvements in the quality of teaching and learning in early years. Children make good progress during Reception Year and are well placed for the next stage of their education in Year 1. Pupils in the Special Support Centre (SSC) make rapid progress. Adults understand and respond well to pupils? needs. Pupils behave well and get on well together. They are keen to learn, polite and caring. Pupils are safe and secure. They know that adults in school take good care of them and are confident that they will sort out any concerns. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Sometimes pupils make slower progress during lessons because their teachers do not respond well enough to their needs. Outcomes are too low, despite improvements over the past year. Some parents are unclear about improvements in the school. Though falling, absence and fixed-term exclusion rates are too high.