Rudgwick Primary School

Name Rudgwick Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Tates Way, Rudgwick, Horsham, RH12 3HW
Phone Number 01403822151
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 205 (55.6% boys 44.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 7.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.4%
Persistent Absence 8.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (18 June 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is smaller than most primary schools. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and pupils who have a parent or carer in the armed services. The proportion of pupils who are of minority ethnic heritage is well below average, and a very few speak English as an additional language. A few pupils are from Traveller families. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is a little lower than average. This group mainly has specific learning difficulties, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, speech language or communication needs, or physical disabilities. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the national minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. A new headteacher was appointed in January 2013. There have been four different headteachers since the previous inspection. In addition, almost half the teaching staff were appointed in this academic year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teachers plan challenging tasks for their pupils. Pupils report that school is fun and that teachers are good at helping them to remember things. Pupils try very hard to succeed because : teachers encourage their pupils to do well by providing plenty of praise and rewards, and teachers listen to pupils very well. Pupils have plenty of opportunities to think about the work, make decisions and discuss their ideas together and this deepens their understanding. Pupils behave well because they enjoy coming to school and have a real say in what they would like to be even better. Pupils achieve well all through the school; they do particularly well in writing and mathematics. Parents and carers were unsettled by the many staff and leadership changes following the previous inspection. The great majority are now very appreciative of the new headteacher’s strong sense of ambition for the school and the way she has sought and acted on their views. The improvement teams, set up by the headteacher, have already started to improve pupils’ achievement. Governors’ effective oversight of the school, combined with the strong commitment of the teaching staff, has helped to maintain good achievement through a period of much change. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Although pupils reach above average standards in English, they do not achieve as well in reading as they do in writing because : they are not sure what they need to do to improve their skills. Most teachers spend a great deal of time writing helpful comments in pupils’ books, however pupils do not consistently follow these up so the comments do not always lead to an improvement in their work. Teachers share ‘steps to success’ with pupils in lessons and often ask pupils to decide what these will be, but pupils do not always check that they have followed these steps to help them do the best they could.