Welcome to Willingdon Primary School

Ofsted Inspection 2-3rd March 2016

Official Finding - Good

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school:  

  • The school is a friendly, inclusive and welcoming community.
  • Leaders and governors have successfully addressed the key areas of improvement identified during the previous inspection. The quality of teaching and learning has improved.
  • Better teaching and assessment has lifted pupils’ achievement at the end of all key stages. Standards are higher in reading, writing and mathematics than at the time of the previous inspection. As a result, Year 6 pupils are better prepared for the next stage in their learning.
  • Pupils’ attainment was much higher than the national average in all subjects at the end of Key Stage 1 in 2015.
  • Teaching effectively equips pupils with competent phonics skills (letters and the sounds that they make). This helps younger pupils to read confidently and contributes to their good progress in reading and writing.
  • Children in the early years are keen to learn and make good progress.
  • Deaf pupils make rapid progress, both personally and academically.
  • Leaders and governors give safeguarding procedures an extremely high priority. They rigorously check that arrangements are up to date and effective. As a result, pupils are very safe and secure.
  • Teaching makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.
  • Governors have strengthened the role they play in the school’s work since the previous inspection, ensuring that they continue to support and challenge school leaders effectively.
  • Most pupils are polite and well behaved. They enjoy school and attend regularly.

Please take time to read the full report below:

Our School

Based at the foot of the South Downs just outside of Eastbourne, we are a school that prides itself on our excellent reputation and school diversity. We believe in working together as a school community to achieve the best results. Both our pupils and staff are encouraged and inspired to achieve their best potential.


We endeavour to provide an enjoyable, enriched educational experience that is both meaningful and relevant to every child and to develop personal qualities that provide a sound foundation for the future. All those concerned with the school share these beliefs.


Take your time to look around our school website. You will find both information about our school and extra curricular activities, alongside copies of important documents and other information you or your child may need throughout the school year.



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PGL 2016

Thursday 17th March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,
A good day to you all. We awoke at 6.30 a.m for an early breakfast (7.20) and to a beautiful sunny day without a cloud in the sky. It's warm with little wind and the whole camp is in good spirits - even Mrs Clark!
Overnight, the children were fantastic once again enjoying a groovy disco which enabled me to observe closely and update my dance moves....things have changed dramatically since the jiving of my youth; there are some seriously good dancers in Year 6 and I include Mrs Miller-Cook in this statement.
The children slept peacefully, with lights out at  9.30pm and absolutely no disturbances in the night. I had to wake the majority of them this morning - the rigour and physical demands of the day are now taking there toll leaving the children ready for a good nights sleep. 
The children are currently getting stuck into, in no particular order, orienteering, giant swing, trapeze, aeroball, climbing, tunnel trail, problem solving and raft building.
I am particularly impressed with how the children are supporting each other, in particular those children who find being away from home most challenging. They also encourage each other  positively on each activity, pushing one another on and helping one another to persevere and challenge themselves.
Can I please remind you all that pick-up is at 1.30pm from Windmill Hill. The children will be looking forward to seeing their parents and they will be full of tales about their successes and memories of the week.
Can I conclude by thanking my brilliant team for making this residential such a wonderful experience for all concerned and thanks so much to our other visitors - Mr Cotton, Miss Ellen and Mrs Cooper.
See you soon

Darren Tabone, KS2 Leader of Learning


Parent's Evening


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If you have any problems please contact the school office.

The next Parents Consultation Evenings will be held on:


Year 6 PGL 2016

PGL photo

This year's PGL week is  14th March.


The children are very excited about attending.


Please look out for any updates on the website. 

Parent View


We are currently seeking your views of the school through the Ofsted Parent View questionnaire. It consists of 12 short questions and takes no time at all to complete.


If you have completed this before, please log in and check your views reflect how you feel about the school now. We encourage each parent or carer in the family to submit their own views, as the more valuable opinions we have, the better we can perform for your child. 


Please remember that Ofsted strongly encourage that the first point of contact regarding any complaints or issues should be with us here at the school.