Vale School, Worthing

Name Vale School, Worthing
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 March 2013
Address Vale Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 0DB
Phone Number 01903872322
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 648 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.5
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 3.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.8%
Persisitent Absence 4%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are supported through school action, just over one in 10, is broadly average. About one in 20 is supported at school action plus or has a statement of special educational needs. This proportion is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding provided by the government for looked after children, children of service families and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is well below the national average. There are no children of service families currently on roll. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium, extra money received by the school for pupils who did not reach the expected level in English at the end of Key Stage 2, is also well below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since its last inspection, there have been a number of changes in the teaching staff, including senior and middle leaders. The school is currently undertaking a substantial rebuilding programme, which is due to be completed in September 2013.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. School leaders have acted firmly and effectively to improve the quality of teaching, which is now consistently good throughout the school. The standards that pupils reach in English and mathematics by the time they leave the school have risen substantially in recent years, and are consistently well above the national average. Pupils make good and increasingly rapid progress from their starting points. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They have very few concerns about bullying and understand exceptionally well how to keep themselves safe. School leaders are united in their clear vision for the school, and their passionate commitment to further improvement. The rich and varied curriculum contributes extremely well to pupils’ learning and to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Members of the governing body know their school extremely well and hold leaders firmly to account for raising pupils’ achievement and improving the quality of teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A small proportion of teaching requires improvement, because occasionally teachers do not check pupils’ progress sufficiently during lessons, or ensure that pupils are all fully engaged in activities. Teachers do not always give pupils sufficiently detailed written feedback to enable them to know how to improve the quality of their work.