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Rustington Secures Good OFSTED Rating Under New Framework

Marie Smailes, Head of School at Rustington, celebrating Ofsted success with pupils


Rustington Community Primary School has been judged as providing a good quality of education for its pupils following its recent Ofsted inspection. The inspection took place on the second week of the new term in September. Rustington was one of the first schools in the country to be graded as a school that continues to be good under a revised inspection framework.

The Ofsted report noted, “Pupils are happy and confident. They respect each other and the adults who help them to learn. Pupils have very positive relationships with teachers and staff and enjoy coming to school. Several spoke to the inspector about their teachers always being there for them.”

During the inspection there was specific focus on the good quality of teaching of Reading, Maths and PE. Reference was also made to how pupils learnt and remembered mathematical knowledge and skills very well stating, “From the very start of school, children begin to learn numbers and shapes. Teachers use information they collect about pupils' mathematical understanding wisely. They plan learning that helps pupils accurately use their mathematics skills and knowledge. Pupils rarely fall behind in their mathematics learning. They told the inspector about the ‘star challenges’ they attempt in lessons. They are keen to take on these extra difficult questions. Teachers are very well trained and supported to teach mathematics.”

The report also acknowledged our involvement noting that Schoolsworks provides “support and challenge to school leaders. Trustees have the knowledge and skills to support the school’s continued improvement”.

The team at Rustington, led by Marie Smailes, are all absolutely delighted with the report. Rustington staff are highly dedicated and skilled and are committed to giving each child the best possible start to life. Everyone works very hard to ensure the school gives every child a broad and balanced curriculum with extensive opportunities to excel in a wide range of subjects. It is certainly very rewarding that the quality of education at Rustington has been acknowledged in this way by Ofsted.

We are very pleased for the Rustington team, and it is fantastic to see that the staff’s professionalism, enthusiasm and determination have been rewarded with a positive Ofsted outcome. It is also encouraging to see Ofsted noting the contribution the Trust has made to school performance, and we look forward to continuing our work to support and challenge Rustington to become even better over the years ahead.


The full report can be read at https://www.rustington.w-sussex.sch.uk/docs/School_Performance/10111331_-_Rustington_Community_Primary_School-_139478_Final_Report_v2.pdf