|Name||Seabrook Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||13 July 2011|
|Address||Seabrook Road, Hythe, Kent, CT21 5RL|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||106 (45% boys 55% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||10.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes, our last distance offered data is FREE|
Information about the school
Seabrook is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above the national average, as is the proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. There are few pupils who speak English as an additional language. Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 are taught in mixed-age classes. The breakfast club, which is managed by the governing body, was included in this inspection. The school has a range of awards including International Schools (foundation) award and Healthy Schools status.
Seabrook is an outstanding school, providing an exceptionally stimulating, enjoyable and well-rounded education for its pupils so that they develop into mature, thoughtful and responsible youngsters by the end of Year 6. The headteacher, very ably supported by the senior leadership team and governing body, has been highly effective in creating an excellent team with a strong commitment to ongoing improvement. The headteacher sets exceptionally high expectations but, in partnership with her senior team, also ensures that the support is there to enable all members of the school community to give of their best. One staff member said: ’The whole team support each other and work hard towards a common goal of providing children with valuable opportunities.’ Outstanding pastoral care, the establishment of an exceptionally strong school community and excellent relationships with parents and carers are all notable strengths. One parent suggested that: ’the school goes to great lengths to involve parents in every step’, while another commented: ’Seabrook School is a very special place. The caring, supportive and Christian values which underpin the school’s ethos make it feel like one big family.’ Children get off to a flying start in the Early Years Foundation Stage due to excellent relationships and a high quality learning environment. Children settle quickly, rapidly grow in confidence and become active and motivated learners with a strong sense of belonging. One parent wrote: ’It is sometimes a struggle to stop my child from running straight into school without saying "goodbye", such is his enjoyment.’ Excellent progress continues across Key Stages 1 and 2 so that, by the end of Year 6, pupils’ attainment is high in English and mathematics and has been sustained at these levels over several years. The overall quality of teaching is outstanding and characterised by consistently high expectations of all pupils, strong relationships and mutual respect. Teachers’ detailed knowledge of their pupils is used very effectively to adapt plans to meet the needs of all to secure outstanding progress. Excellent care and support mean that pupils are interested and active learners. The school’s detailed self-analysis of its strengths and development needs, combined with rigorous tracking of individual pupil’s progress, means that self-evaluation is accurate and very well focused on priorities for development. The key issues identified at the last inspection have been addressed in full. For example, high quality marking is used consistently to ensure that pupils have a very well-developed understanding of their learning and the school sets challenging targets for all pupils, including the most able, to successfully support their excellent progress. Given its track record of improvement and innovation in many areas, together with sustained high standards, the school’s capacity for sustained improvement is outstanding. Pupils’ personal development and their wider educational outcomes are exceptional, contributing to their high level all-round achievement. The school’s links with the international community, in addition to well-established local links, are very well developed, and reflected in the school’s achievement of the International Schools award. That said, the school has recognised the need to provide pupils with more planned opportunities to appreciate and value people’s backgrounds and communities in other parts of the United Kingdom. A strong focus on safeguarding ensures that pupils feel very safe and they are entirely confident that issues raised will be dealt with quickly and effectively by staff.