Downview Primary School

Name Downview Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Wroxham Way, Felpham, Bognor Regis, PO22 8ER
Phone Number 01243820511
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 582 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.8
Academy Sponsor Downview Trust
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 7.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.6%
Persistent Absence 10.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.6%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Downview Primary School is an above average-sized primary school. The school became an academy converter in September 2013 and is currently the only school in the Downview Trust.

The large majority of pupils are of White British background. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average for primary schools. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average.

The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is below the national average for primary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and senior leaders have worked hard to improve teaching and pupils’ outcomes. Teaching, learning and assessment are strong, particularly in key stage 2 and early years.

Teaching is less strong in key stage 1. As a result, some pupils display negative attitudes to learning. However, leaders’ strategies to improve teaching further in key stage 1 are increasingly effective.

In the past, progress in reading and writing has not been strong enough. However, current pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard for their age is growing.

As yet, too few pupils reach a higher standard because : teachers’ expectations of the most able pupils are not high enough. Disadvantaged pupils make strong progress because extra funding is used effectively. Children in early years make strong progress because of well-planned teaching and high-quality care.

Leaders ensure that the curriculum is broad and interesting. Pupils experience a range of subjects that develop their knowledge, skills and understanding well. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are outstanding because leaders have created a very nurturing environment where pupils develop their confidence extremely well.

Pupils’ behaviour is very positive. They listen carefully in classes and are well mannered. Pupils are respectful of each other and towards members of staff.

Governors are passionate and committed to the school. They challenge and support leaders effectively. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make good progress from their starting points because of strong teaching and purposeful support from teaching assistants.