Rusper Primary School

Name Rusper Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Rusper, Horsham, RH12 4PR
Phone Number 01293871272
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 98 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 4.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persistent Absence 13.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (27 June 2017)
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Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school meets the current government floor standards, which are the minimum requirements for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage and all pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average..

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The focused and effective leadership and management of the headteacher and the hard work of the staff team have improved the school. Governance is much improved. Governors have high ambitions for the school, providing effective challenge and support to leaders. Teaching across the school is improving rapidly. Pupils demonstrate enthusiasm for their learning. In the early years, children are well taught and make a good start to their school life. Leaders check carefully on pupils’ progress. They identify quickly those at risk of falling behind, and make good arrangements to help them catch up. Subject leaders, through effective checking on classroom practice, contribute well to improving the teaching of English and mathematics. The school is in the early stages of extending this scrutiny to the teaching of science and other subjects. Phonics teaching has improved and the number of pupils now reaching expected standards is higher than the national average. Leaders and governors make good use of extra funding provided for disadvantaged pupils. As a result, disadvantaged pupils make at least good progress and sometimes do better than their peers. Provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is good. Consequently, these pupils’ needs are met well and they make good progress. In some classes, not enough is expected of the most able pupils and too few attain above the standards expected for their ages. Pupils have good opportunities to practise writing skills in a range of lessons. However, there is insufficient attention paid to developing pupils’ handwriting. Recent improvements in spelling need further work to develop pupils’ basic skills. Since the previous inspection, standards in mathematics have risen. However, pupils need to develop the fluency of basic arithmetical skills to ensure that outcomes continue to improve. Leaders recognise the need to improve some areas of the curriculum, in particular religious education, to deepen pupils’ understanding of various beliefs and faiths. Attendance has improved this year through better procedures to raise its profile. Pupils are confident and articulate. They are kind, considerate and respectful of their peers and others. The vast majority of parents regard the school highly and appreciate the improvements that have been achieved this academic year.