School etc

Jolesfield CofE Primary School

Jolesfield CofE Primary School
Littleworth Lane
Partridge Green
West Sussex

phone: 01403 710546

headteacher: Mrs Christine Knight Bed Hons

reveal email: off…


school holidays: via West Sussex council

186 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
210 pupils capacity: 89% full

95 boys 51%


90 girls 48%


Last updated: July 28, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Controlled School

Education phase
Religious character
Church of England
Establishment type
Voluntary Controlled School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 519251, Northing: 119503
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 50.963, Longitude: -0.30327
Accepting pupils
5—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 13, 2013
Ofsted special measures
In special measures
Diocese of Chichester
Region › Const. › Ward
South East › Arundel and South Downs › Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead
Town and Fringe - less sparse
Free school meals %

rooms to rent in Horsham

Schools nearby

  1. 0.8 miles Shermanbury Grange RH138HB
  2. 2.2 miles St Peter's CofE (Aided) Primary School RH138QZ (121 pupils)
  3. 2.2 miles St Peter's CofE Primary School BN59PU (389 pupils)
  4. 2.4 miles Ashurst CofE Primary School BN443AY (67 pupils)
  5. 3.5 miles Shipley CofE Primary School RH138PL (66 pupils)
  6. 3.8 miles Twineham CofE Primary School RH175NR (96 pupils)
  7. 4.1 miles St Andrew's CofE Primary School RH136LH (132 pupils)
  8. 4.5 miles Ashington CofE First School RH203PG (176 pupils)
  9. 4.5 miles LVS Hassocks BN69HT (74 pupils)
  10. 4.7 miles Albourne CofE Primary School BN69DH (195 pupils)
  11. 4.8 miles Steyning CofE Primary School BN443RQ (421 pupils)
  12. 4.8 miles Bolney CofE Primary School RH175QP (114 pupils)
  13. 4.9 miles William Penn School RH138GR (103 pupils)
  14. 4.9 miles Steyning Grammar School BN443RX (2021 pupils)
  15. 5 miles Southwater Junior School RH139JH
  16. 5 miles Southwater Infant School RH139JH
  17. 5 miles Castlewood Primary School RH139US (205 pupils)
  18. 5 miles Southwater Junior Academy RH139JH (413 pupils)
  19. 5 miles Southwater Infant Academy RH139JH (281 pupils)
  20. 5.1 miles Farney Close School RH175RD (61 pupils)
  21. 5.2 miles Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Horsham RH136NS (80 pupils)
  22. 5.3 miles Southdown Pre-Preparatory School and Nursery BN443GL
  23. 5.4 miles Thakeham First School RH203EP (68 pupils)
  24. 5.4 miles Upper Beeding Primary School BN443HY (300 pupils)

List of schools in Horsham

21 May 2015
Mrs Susan Uff
Jolesfield CofE Primary School
Littleworth Lane
Partridge Green
RH13 8JJ
Dear Mrs Uff

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Jolesfield CofE
Primary School

Following my visit to your school on 20 May 2015, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection

findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made available to
discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most recent
section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in March 2015. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.

Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 Strengthen the school improvement plan so that governors and school

leaders can more easily evaluate the impact of their actions on the
outcomes for pupils.


During the inspection, I met with you and your senior team, the Chair of the
Governing Body and three governors to discuss the action taken since the last
inspection. I also spoke with a representative of the local authority on the telephone.
You took me on a tour of the school and I visited each class. I evaluated a range of

documents, including the school’s improvement plan. I also looked at some pupils’


Kings Orchard,
One Queen Street,
T 0300 123 1231
Text Phone: 0161 6188524
reveal email: enqu…
Direct T 01173115246
Direct F 01173150430

Main findings

You have acted quickly and effectively since the inspection, ably assisted by your
senior team. You have rightly concentrated on improving the quality of teaching and
learning. You are using a wider range of approaches to check that teaching is good

enough, for example, through scrutinizing pupils’ work, checking lesson plans,
carrying out lesson observations and reviewing data on pupils’ progress. Subject

leaders play a greater role in gathering this information and using it to evaluate the
quality of teaching. The information is used to provide training for teachers,
including the opportunity to observe teaching in local schools, so they can pick up

ideas. The school’s information shows that the quality of teaching is improving.

During my visit to classrooms, the atmosphere was purposeful and pupils were
appropriately involved in a range of learning activities.
You show a clear drive for further improvement. The school’s improvement plan is
closely linked to the priorities identified by the inspection. The plan outlines
appropriate actions and identifies the staff responsible for implementing them.
However, it does not explain clearly enough how the actions are expected to raise

pupils’ achievement. Arrangements for monitoring actions and evaluating their

impact are not precise enough. Other documents show that you have targets for

pupils’ attainment, which show clear milestone to check progress towards these

targets, but these are not woven into the improvement plan. Including this
information in the plan would make it easier for governors to know how well school
leaders are improving teaching and raising standards. The plan would be more
robust if the staff responsible for monitoring the implementation of activities were
not the same people evaluating the impact of the steps being taken.
You have strengthened the rigour of meetings to review pupils’ achievement. Class
teachers present an analysis of pupils’ progress, using wide ranging and reliable
assessment information, to review whether pupils are on track to reach their targets.
The special educational needs co-ordinator now attends these meetings to check
that steps taken to support pupils with special educational needs are having a
positive impact. When pupils are identified as not making enough progress, plans
are drawn up to address their individual learning needs. In addition, leaders use this
information to see where teaching needs to improve and this has provided a base on
which to build a comprehensive staff development programme. Having identified
weaknesses in reading, effective staff training from a local authority adviser has
helped the school to put in place a new approach to teaching reading. Pupils now
have opportunities to access a wider range of texts, are enjoying reading more and
making faster progress.
You and your team have conducted a thorough evaluation of mathematics teaching
to work out the changes required to improve pupils’ learning. You know that
teachers need training to improve their questioning of pupils in order to extend

pupils’ understanding. The steps you have taken to put this right are too recent to

have had a significant impact on improving mathematics teaching. However, signs
are encouraging, as the school’s own assessment data shows progress in
mathematics is beginning to accelerate in many classes.
Governors have continued to provide good challenge to the school using their
detailed understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. A governor with
responsibility for diversity has been identified to strengthen this aspect of the

school’s curriculum.

Ofsted may carry out further monitoring inspections and, where necessary, provide
further support and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The school has made good use of the support offered by the local authority. The
linked officer has helped the school to write the action plan, challenging school
leaders when necessary. The local authority has also provided effective training for
teachers to help them improve their teaching of reading.
Partnership with a local teaching school provides useful development opportunities
for staff at Jolesfield.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for West Sussex.

Yours sincerely
Theresa Phillips

Her Majesty’s Inspector

print / save trees, print less