Sedlescombe CofE Primary School

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Sedlescombe CofE Primary School

Name Sedlescombe CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 March 2012
Address Brede Lane, Sedlescombe, Battle, TN33 0RQ
Phone Number 01424870585
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 200 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 13%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Persisitent Absence 6.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about the school

Sedlescombe Church of England Primary School is smaller than average. The number of pupils on the school roll has grown over the last three years and new school buildings have been added to accommodate seven classes. The school serves a village community, although an increasing proportion of pupils travel to the school from the surrounding area. Most pupils come from White British backgrounds. The number of pupils from minority ethnic groups is low, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals has risen slightly over the last three years, but is below average. The proportion of pupils who are disabled and those who have special educational needs is above average. The majority of pupils who are supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs have speech, language and communication difficulties or behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. The government’s floor standard, which sets minimum expectations for attainment and progress, was exceeded in 2011. The school has gained the Artsmark gold award and the Activemark and has Healthy School accreditation. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club for pupils. The breakfast club provides care and a meal to pupils from eight o’clock each day. This facility is used regularly by nine pupils.

Key findings

This is a good school. Parents and carers hold the school in high regard. Due to steady improvement in the quality of teaching, a higher proportion of pupils now achieve well. Sedlescombe is not an outstanding school because teaching in a few classes is sometimes satisfactory rather than good and overall attainment in English and mathematics, although improving, remains broadly average. Pupils get off to a strong start in the Reception class and by the end of Year 6 most have well-developed skills, particularly in reading and mathematics. Older pupils generally write with imagination and use a wide range of vocabulary, but some have weak spelling skills and pupils do not routinely check their work for errors. Much of the teaching at Sedlescombe is characterised by energy, pace and enthusiasm. Most teachers make good use of a range of strategies, including questioning, paired work and discussion to ensure that all pupils are engaged in their learning. Teachers mark pupils’ books regularly, but do not always give precise guidance on how pupils could improve their work. Pupils say they enjoy learning, feel safe and are well cared for by the staff. Teachers have very good relationships with their pupils. A large majority of pupils say that behaviour in lessons is good most of the time. The headteacher, ably assisted by the deputy headteacher, has been successful in bringing about improvement since the previous inspection. Together, they monitor the quality of teaching and learning rigorously and ensure that staff receive high-quality feedback so that they can improve. Robust data analysis informs school development plans, but these lack quantifiable measures so that school leaders and governors can evaluate the impact of their initiatives.