|Name||Broadwater CofE Primary School|
|Address||Rectory Gardens, Worthing, BN14 7TQ|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||436 (51.4% boys 48.6% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||25.1|
|Local Authority||West Sussex|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection
Information about the school
Broadwater is larger than the average-sized primary school. There is a below average proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups, some of whom are at an early stage of learning to speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is average; their needs are varied.
The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The school has a part-time principal, with overall responsibility for the school, as well as a full-time headteacher. The school has the Artsmark Silver award and the Investors in People Gold award.
Broadwater is an outstanding school. It is led by an exemplary principal and an outstanding headteacher who provide exceptional leadership and have developed a strong team of senior leaders, governors and staff. All are committed to providing a first-class education for pupils, within a highly supportive, stimulating learning environment.
As a result, pupils make excellent progress during their time in the school and achieve exceptionally well. The school’s strong Christian ethos ensures a very happy, caring community where pupils thrive both academically and personally. Parents and carers are extremely pleased with what the school provides and appreciate the dedication of all staff.
These comments sum up the views of most parents and carers: ’Broadwater is extremely well managed. It is the epitome of what a church school should be’ and ’The school provides an excellent learning environment that enables children to flourish.’ However, perhaps the best comments come from the pupils themselves: ’Teachers are amazing - they help you when you are stuck and make learning fun.
’ Overall, pupils are lively, enthusiastic ambassadors for the school. Children get off to an outstanding start in the Reception classes due to excellent relationships and a high-quality learning environment. This enables them to become independent, motivated learners who thoroughly enjoy all that is on offer.
Excellent progress continues across Key Stage 1 and 2 so that by the end of Year 6 attainment is high in English and mathematics and has been sustained over several years. Unvalidated teacher assessments for pupils in Year 7 indicate that high attainment is maintained. Pupils who have learning difficulties and those who speak English as an additional language benefit fully from very well-focused support which is tailored carefully to their specific needs.
This ensures that all make exceptional progress. Excellent teaching, rigorous tracking of pupils’ progress, a very exciting curriculum, and extremely well thought-through pastoral care are the key drivers in ensuring pupils’ outstanding progress. Teaching is highly successful in inspiring very positive attitudes to learning and excellent behaviour and enjoyment in pupils.
Teachers’ very confident subject knowledge and well-paced and stimulating lessons ensure strong engagement. The use of ’stunning starters’ and ’fabulous finishes’ in the curriculum make learning memorable and exciting. Occasionally, there is not enough emphasis on using and applying mathematics across the curriculum.
Teachers clearly know their pupils very well and this ensures a high level of care, so that pupils are very confident of adult support should they have any worries. Pupils feel extremely safe in school, have an excellent understanding of a healthy lifestyle, make an exceptional contribution to the community and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptional. Inspirational leadership means that no stone is left unturned in the drive for excellence across all aspects of the school’s work.
Rigorous self-evaluation and a continuing drive to provide the very best possible education for the pupils is at the heart of all the school does. The school has successfully built on its good position from the last inspection to attain high-quality provision. This shows that the school has an excellent capacity to continue to improve.