Shelley Primary School

Name Shelley Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Wickhurst Lane, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, RH12 3LU
Phone Number 01403265343
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 382 (53.7% boys 46.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 14.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5.4%
Persistent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 June 2019)
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Information about this school

The headteacher joined the school soon after the previous inspection. This is a larger-than-average primary school for which there are plans to increase the number of pupils. There are 12 classes in the school. In the early years and key stage 1 these consist of six single-age classes. In key stage 2, there are five mixed-age classes and one class of Year 5 pupils. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below the national average. Levels of deprivation are also below those seen nationally. The majority of pupils are White British. There are several groups of pupils from a range of ethnic minorities. The proportion of pupils for whom English is an additional language is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below that seen in other schools across the country. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is well below the national average for primary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Senior leaders, ably led by the headteacher, have high expectations and a clear vision for the school. Their actions have brought about many improvements since the previous inspection. The quality of teaching across the school has improved and is good. Leaders’ actions have brought about greater consistency and better outcomes for pupils. Teachers have high expectations of pupils. They use questioning well to check on pupils’ understanding and to help them think carefully about their learning Senior leaders place a high priority on the well-being of both pupils and staff. This leads to a happy, harmonious community, where all feel valued. Staff morale is high. The development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of the curriculum and is a strength of the school. Children get off to an excellent start in the early years. A carefully tailored curriculum and outstanding teaching ensure that children make very strong progress, whatever their starting point. Pupils have exemplary attitudes to learning. Their behaviour is impeccable. They are confident and work hard to achieve their best. Their love of learning leaves no room for distraction or disruption in lessons. Safeguarding is effective. Children are safe and well cared for at this school. Governors know the school well. They reach their view of the school using a range of information including their own regular visits. The information that senior leaders provide to governors about pupils’ outcomes lacks clarity. It does not convey a clear picture of how well groups of pupils are currently achieving. Pupils in the school are mostly making good progress in reading and writing. However, pupils are currently achieving less well in writing in the lower part of key stage 2. Outcomes in mathematics have not been as strong as in English although they are improving this year. At times teachers do not move pupils on to more challenging work when it is clear that they have understood.