Steyning CofE Primary School

Name Steyning CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Shooting Field, Steyning, BN44 3RQ
Phone Number 01903813420
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 401 (47.9% boys 52.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.4
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 12.7%
Persistent Absence 5.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Steyning Primary School is a Church of England mixed gender, two-form entry school. The school has a speech, language and communication unit with places for nine pupils.

The vast majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds, and the proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is below the national average. The school has a higher-than-average proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. The school meets the government’s current floor standards.

These set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Recent restructuring of the school’s senior leadership team has brought about rapid whole-school improvement in a short space of time.

Leaders have a clear overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the school and they are constantly striving to improve pupils’ outcomes. Attainment and progress are at least in line with the national average, and are improving rapidly. Behaviour in class and around the school is exemplary.

Reward systems and praise are used well..Teachers have consistently high expectations.

Lessons are well planned and challenging. As a result, pupils are on task and engaged in their learning. Attendance and punctuality have improved considerably for all pupils, and continue to do so.

Pupils enjoy their time here and want to come to school every day. Governors know their school well, and offer a strong level of support and challenge to leaders. There is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school.

The school offers a warm and welcoming environment, and pupils are proud to come here. The varied curriculum, supplemented with a wide range of clubs and activities, provides pupils with the opportunity to experience and develop a wide range of interests. Provision in early years is good and continuing to improve.

Strong leadership and accurate assessment ensure that children make consistently good progress in all areas of learning. Disadvantaged pupils do not achieve the same standards as other pupils. The school is working hard to reduce the differences, but more needs to be done to ensure that this group makes consistently strong progress.

Some teachers lack confidence in their use of assessment. This means that pupils’ performance information is not always accurate. Recently introduced systems to improve writing have started to improve standards but are not fully embedded throughout the school.