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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.


  1.    We are a rural village primary school with a PAN (pupil admission number) of 210. Currently we have 210 children on roll, 97 boys & 113 girls.


  1.    We have 9 teaching staff, 11 teaching assistants, 2 office staff, 1 premises manager and 3 cleaners.


  1.    The school is a National Support School (NSS) and the Headteacher is a National Leader in Education (NLE).


  1.     Within the school 10% of our children (22, 9 boys and 13 girls) qualify for pupil premium. This is made up of 5% 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 (3) have English as an additional language (EAL).


  1.     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%)



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


Reading           -1.2  children made progress from KS1 to KS2 (Average)

Writing            -2.6  children made progress from KS1 to KS2(Well Below Average)

Maths              +1.2 children made progress from KS1 to KS2 (Average)                                        

  1.     We scored 90%(82% NA)in the Year 1 phonics screening test.


  1.     In the Foundation Stage 83%(71% NA)of children achieved Good Level of Development (GLD).


  1.      Attendance for 2019 – 2020 was 93%


  1.      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!


  1.     At present we have 2 Governor vacancies which we are hoping to fill in this academic year


  1.      We have a very active PTA who raise lots of money each year. Last year they raised £10,000 which contributed towards revamping our swimming pool area and adding a heating system. This year they are looking at installing some shaded areas within the school and helping to fund a new library area.




  1.      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, a Mile a Day track, an outdoor gym area. This year we are looking to create an ultimate tag area for those children who love to run around in a ‘crazy’ manner.


  1.      As a school we offer a wide range of after-school clubs. For example rugby, gymnastics, drama, art, dance, newspaper, kurling, gardening, games club, swimming club and lots lots more!


  1.      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.


  1.      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.


  1.      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!


  1.     This year our new priorities are:-

Priority One – To ensure all children reach their expected level or better based on their prior predictions, school tracking system or the NA data from2019

Priority Two – To ensure all children make expected or better than expected progress in all areas of the curriculum from a given starting point

Priority Three - To ensure all staff, Governors, parents and children understand and adhere to     ALL school procedures and policies, thus enabling the school to function effectively

Priority Four – For Governors to develop their roles, responsibilities and subject knowledge in relation to their allocated curriculum area

  1.      Our school mission statement states that…

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