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20 Need-to-know Facts About Aldingbourne

20 things you need to know about our wonderful school

  1. Our last Ofsted was in 2017 and we were judged to be GOOD or BETTER in all areas.
  2. We are a rural village primary school with a PAN (pupil admission number) of 210. Currently we have 212 children on roll, 120 boys & 92 girls.
  3. We have 10 teaching staff, 12 teaching assistants, 2 office staff, 1 premises manager and 3 cleaners.
  4. The school is a National Support School (NSS) and the Headteacher is a National Leader in Education (NLE).
  5. Within the school 6% of our children (13, 9 boys and 4 girls) qualify for pupil premium. This is made up of 2% FSM (Free School Meals) and 4% other. 4% of our children (9) are on the SEND (special educational needs & disability) register and a further 1% of children (2) have English as an additional language (EAL).
  6. In 2016 we achieved the following results (Red represents  National Average Score)

     Key stage 1

    Reading Met                               81%   (76%)

    Reading GDS (Greater Depth)      26%  (25%)

    GAPS                                           83% 

    GAPS GDS (Greater Depth)           17%

    Writing Met                                 74%   (68%)

    Writing GDS(Greater Depth)         0%    (16%)

    Maths Met                                   82%  (75%)

    Maths GDS(Greater Depth)           13%   (21%)

    Reading, Writing, Maths               74%   (64%)

    Key stage 2

    Reading Met                                 86%  (72%)

    GAPS    Met                                   97%   (77%)

    Writing Met                                   93%  (76%)

    Maths Met                                     93%  (75%)

    Reading, Writing, Maths                 86%  (61%)


  7. The % of expected progress made was

    Reading                                          48%

    GAPS                                                97%

    Maths                                               85%

  8. We scored 97% in the Year 1 phonics screening test with 50% of children scoring top marks.
  9. In the Foundation Stage 73% of children achieved Good Level of Development (GLD).
  10. We are in the top 10% for attendance with 96.04% attendance for 2017.
  11. We adopt a creative ALPS style curriculum, which means we cater for all types of learners, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Our teaching styles are dynamic, creative, meaningful and exciting for the children. Our children love learning!
  12. We have a full complement of Governors who are very supportive and effective in their roles.
  13. We have a very active PTA who raise lots of money each year. Last year they raised £20,000 which will contribute towards the building of a 1950’s diner where we can eat our yummy hot meals!
  14. We have the most amazing school grounds which includes a giant castle and pirate boat, a rambling route around the entire field, a science garden, a reading bus, a swimming pool, a percussion playground, a tunnelling system and the most magnificent climbing rock!
  15. As a school we offer a wide range of after-school clubs. For example rugby, gymnastics, drama, art, dance, newspaper, kurling, gardening and lots lots more!
  16. Phonics is a strength of the school and the Headteacher and Reception Class teacher have written a phonics scheme which has been published by Harper Collins and is used worldwide to teach phonics effectively.
  17. The school has strong links with the University of Chichester, the local community and we work closely with other schools from West Sussex, Hampshire and East Sussex.
  18. In our last OFSTED Aldingbourne school was described as a ‘fun place to be!’ OFSTED wrote ‘There is a buzz about the school-a happy vibe that spills out fromevery child and every classroom.’  We agree with this and we believe that Aldingbourne School is a fun and safe place to learn lots of new exciting things!
  19. This year our new priorities are:-


To improve pupils’ outcomes in reading by giving pupils more practice in reading and understanding more demanding texts.


To ensure that a higher percentage of pupils, in particular boys and those with high prior attainment, make expected or better progress in reading.


To ensure pupils at KS 1 particularly those who achieved expected levels of development at EYFS, meet or exceed the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

  1. Our school mission statement states that…

    …we are learning to Bee the best that we can Bee!

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