High Hurswood Primary School was visited in February by an Inspector from Ofsted, the education watchog.
In his report published on Friday (24th March), Lead Inspector Lee Selby, wrote many positive comments including:
Teaching at High Hurstwood is characterised by high expectations, warm and positive relationships, and an obvious enjoyment of learning. …Throughout the curriculum, the most able pupils are challenged and required to think deeply, justify their opinions and give reasoned answers.
Mr Selby also noted that, “The curriculum is extremely interesting and wide-ranging” and that “Every pupil is treated as an individual and thrives.” The report stated that “Parents are highly positive about the quality of teaching and the nurturing, welcoming environment”, “Pupils really enjoy coming to school” and that “Pupils care deeply about each other, their learning and their school”.
Mrs Jane Cook, Headteacher, said:
I am absolutely delighted with the findings of the inspection and that the hard work and dedication of all the staff has been recognised.
The village school was rated as “good” at its last inspection five years ago. This time around the village school was given top marks in all areas except “early years provision”. At their last inspection just 13% of schools in East Sussex were judged as “outstanding”. To improve further, the report states that High Hurstwood School should:
- Develop the early years learning environment further, especially outside, so that children are able to challenge themselves in all areas of learning; and,
- Continue to make effective use of expertise within the school and existing partnerships, so that teaching enables all groups of pupils to make rapid progress across the curriculum.
Click to see the Ofsted inspection reports for schools in the Crowborough area:
- Sir Henry Fermor (Nov 2015) – Requires Improvement (converted to an Academy Apr 2016)
- Beacon Academy (May 2017) – Good
- Grove Park (Oct 2017) – Good
- St Mary’s (Feb 2017) – Good
- Mark Cross (Jun 2009) – Outstanding
- Jarvis Brook (Nov 2015) – Good (converted to an Academy Mar 2017)
- Rotherfield (Jun 2017) – Good
- High Hurstwood (Mar 2017) – Outstanding
- Ashdown (May 2018) – Good
- St John’s (Mar 2016) – Good
Schools that are performing well are now inspected less often. This usually means that good schools are inspected once in five years, whilst schools that require improvement will normally be inspected within two years of their last inspection. Although, inspections can be triggered at any school if a safeguarding concern is raised, or if there is a significant drop in results.
Department for Education performance tables for schools are available here.