Shinewater Primary School

Name Shinewater Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Milfoil Drive, Langney, Eastbourne, BN23 8ED
Phone Number 01323762129
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 387 (51.7% boys 48.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Academy Sponsor Swale Academies Trust
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 40.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.6%
Persistent Absence 19.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.1%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Since the previous inspection, there have been significant staff changes at the school. The headteacher joined in September 2013 and the deputy in September 2014. A significant number of the teaching staff have joined the school since the headteacher came into post.

Following a governance review, the governing body was reconstituted in November 2014. It has reduced in size and the majority of the governors have been involved with the school for less than two years. This is an above average-sized primary school.

The proportion of children eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after) is above average. The proportion of children from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average, as is the number of children whose first language is not English. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or who have special educational needs is average.

The school provides childcare for parents through its breakfast and after-school clubs. Both were visited as part of the inspection. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher is successfully driving the school ethos which states that every child should achieve to the highest possible standards. This is reflected in the improving achievement for all pupils.

The governors and staff strongly back the school’s leaders and share their vision and ethos for the school. The leadership, through the use of accurate monitoring and performance management, has been rigorous in ensuring that the overall quality of teaching is good. Teaching is good because teachers are using questioning well in lessons to deepen pupils’ understanding.

The leadership recognises the value in working closely with the local community. This has resulted in an increase in parents and carers engaging with the school and an improvement in pupils’ attendance. Governors provide strong support and challenge for the school leadership.

Due to their regular visits to the school and sound understanding of data, they have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. The school’s effective provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is reflected in the good relationships the pupils have with adults, the respect they have for each other and the positive attitudes towards learning that are seen in the classrooms. Pupils’ behaviour is good.

Rapid improvements in Nursery and Reception classes have resulted in outcomes that are now in line with national levels. This is due to accurate assessment and activities which engage pupils in their learning. The school keeps pupils safe.

It is not yet an outstanding school because: Pupils are not consistently taught the skills they need to allow them to make sustained and rapid progress in reading. Too few of the most-able pupils are achieving Level 3 at the end of Year 2. Leaders do not always make a sufficiently strategic use of attainment data.