Ofsted Report

Grovelands Primary School - October 2015

Grovelands Primary School

Inspection dates 21–22 October 2015
Overall effectiveness Good

Effectiveness of leadership and management Good
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good
Outcomes for pupils Good
Early years provision Good
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection Requires improvement

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school

School leaders and governors have successfully brought about improvements since the previous inspection. They have improved teaching and consequently pupils’ achievement has improved.
Children get off to a good start in the Early Years. They are taught within a safe and stimulating environment and make good progress in all aspects of their development.
Teaching is consistently good across the school. Teaching is brisk and lively and teachers use resources that stimulate pupils’ imaginations.
Pupils make good progress across the school in reading, writing and mathematics.
Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make similar progress to their classmates because they are provided with good support from trained teaching assistants.
Pupils behave well. They are polite and well mannered and they get on well together and with adults. Owing to the high level of care they receive, they feel safe in school.
The curriculum is well planned with an interesting range of topics that engage pupils’ interest. It is enriched with subjects such as art and music that promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.
Leaders are ambitious and have established a skilled team of staff who are motivated and keen to improve.
Governors are well organised. They have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and what needs to be improved. They provide a good level of challenge to school leaders.

It is not yet an outstanding school because

Not all teachers use assessment information to plan work that is challenging enough for the most- able pupils.
Not all pupils respond to teachers’ marking and feedback.
Some school leaders do not make enough use of all available information to set ambitious targets for improvement.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

Increase the proportion of outstanding teaching by ensuring that: ̶ marking and feedback are meaningful to pupils and have an impact on their learning ̶ teachers raise their expectations of what pupils, particularly the most able, can achieve.
Leaders at all levels set ambitious targets for improvement and hold teachers fully to account for the progress that pupils make.


View full Grovelands Ofsted Report from October 2015.

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Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • School Secretary: Mrs Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Paul Young
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs M McKay
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams
  • Deputy DSLs:  Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams,
    Mr J Goulding