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Herstmonceux Church of England Primary School

Ofsted, SIAMS & School Performance

Ofsted Report

We are more than delighted that our school has been judged by Ofsted to be good in all areas.

We would like to thank our incredible staff and governors for all their hard work and skill and we would like to thank all of you for your support and encouragement. We look forward to working with you in the future to continue to work towards ‘outstanding.'

Here are some of the main findings of the report. To see the full report please click here

  • Pupils thrive in this school. They show a genuine care for one another and form strong friendships. Staff know them well.
  • Warm relationships between staff and pupils create a calm and respectful culture.
  • Pupils are happy, feel safe and enjoy their learning.
  • Pupils rise to the challenges set by their teachers so that they succeed in their academic and personal development. They show interest in what they learn and ask searching questions. Pupils take pride in roles they are given to make the school a great place to learn. They are well prepared for secondary school.
  • The school’s values of wisdom, peace, community, dignity, hope and joy drive the school. For example, the religious education (RE) curriculum focuses on a different value each term. This gives purpose and relevance to what is learned. Pupils model these values well. This creates a school where pupils are reflective and behave well.
  • If bullying happens it is quickly resolved by adults. Pupils use the ‘worry box’ to share any concerns they have. They have every confidence that staff will help them if they have a problem or concern.
  • Leaders are ambitious for the school and its pupils. Leaders’ review of subjects such as science and RE is helping to raise the quality of pupils’ learning.
  • Children in the early years settle well to life in school. Parents receive helpful introductions to life in school and teachers make sure that they know about what their child is learning.
  • Pupils achieve well in reading.
  • Pupils are keen and confident mathematicians. This is because teachers have thought carefully about how best to support pupils’ mathematical thinking.
  • Pupils behave well in lessons because of the high expectations and well-established routines. Teachers ensure that pupils are attentive and respond well to questions posed by the teacher. This means that pupils have a positive approach to learning.
  • Leaders provide a range of interesting and relevant activities beyond the curriculum. Pupils engage well in outdoor learning to develop their ability to work collaboratively and solve problems. They learn to play musical instruments and engage in a range of sporting and creative activities. Pupils relish these opportunities and describe their learning with enthusiasm.

Ways forward for the school are:

  • Leaders need to ensure that teachers fully understand how learning is designed to build over time and that they follow the agreed approach to lessons.

Your views:

Please visit the OFSTED website to give your views about the school. As always, if you have any comments or concerns, please get in contact with us at school so that we can work together on any issues.



SIAMS Inspection

SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.

Please click here to view our last SIAMs inspection report

School Performance Data

Schools are not required to publish their exam and assessment results from 2019 to 2020 academic year as these have not been published as performance measures by the Secretary of State. Please click here for more information and previous data information.


Schools Financial Benchmarking

Please click here to view the schools financial benchmarking for Herstmonceux CE Primary School.