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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, 110 boys & 102 girls.
  3.    We have 9 teaching staff, 11 teaching assistants, 2 office staff, 1 premises manager and 2 cleaners.
  4.    The school is a National Support School (NSS) and the Headteacher is a National Leader in Education (NLE).
  5.     Within the school 7% of our children (15, 9 boys and 6 girls) qualify for pupil premium. This is made up of 2% FSM (Free School Meals) and 5% other. 7% of our children (14) 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 2019 we achieved the following results (Red represents  National Average Score)

    Key stage 2

    Reading Met                                           73%    (73%)

    Reading High Attainers                          33%    (27%)

    GPS     Met                                            80%   (78%)

    GPS     High Attainers                           27%    (36%)

    Writing Met                                            87%   (78%)

    Writing High Attainers                           6%     (20%)

    Maths   Met                                          90%   (79%)

    Maths   High Attainers                          43%    (27%)

    Reading, Writing, Maths                         73%    (65%)

    RWM      High Attainers                         6%     (11%)

    Average Scale Scores

    Reading                                                  107    (104)

    Maths                                                    107    (105)

    GPS                                                        107    (106)

    Key stage 1

    Reading Met                                          77%   (75%)

    Reading High Attainers                          19%    (25%)

    Writing Met                                           74%    (69%)

    Writing High Attainers                           3%      (15%)

    Maths   Met                                          74%    (76%)

    Maths   High Attainers                          16%    (22%)

    Reading, Writing, Maths                         74%    (65%)

    RWM      High Attainers                         0%     (11%)

  7.     The % of expected progress made from KS1 to KS2

    Reading           -1.2  children made progress from KS1 to KS2

    Writing            -2.6  children made progress from KS1 to KS2     

    Maths              +1.2 children made progress from KS1 to KS2                                   

  8.     We scored 93%(82% NA)in the Year 1 phonics screening test.
  9.     In the Foundation Stage 87%(71% NA)of children achieved Good Level of Development (GLD).
  10.      Attendance for 2018 – 2019 was 96%
  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 £10,000 which contributed towards updating our wonderful ICT suite.
  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, the most magnificent climbing rock and a funky 1950’s diner! This year we are installing a Mile A Day Track.
  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 from every 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:-

Priority One – In KS 2 to achieve a higher number of Greater Depth (GDS) writers

Priority Two - In KS 1 to achieve a higher number of pupils reaching Greater Depth                                                                                     (GDS) in Reading, Writing and Maths

Priority Three - To ensure all pupils and staff are supported in their mental health      and well-being.

Priority Four – To ensure CPD enables staff to feel confident in current practice   and to ensure ALL policies and procedures are truly embedded.

20. Our school mission statement states that…

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

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