Downham Market, Hillcrest Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
509
AGES
5 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community school
SCHOOL GUIDE RATING
unlock
UNLOCK

Can I Get My Child Into This School?

Enter a postcode to see where you live on the map
heatmap example
Sample Map Only
Very Likely
Likely
Less Likely

This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
0344 800 8020

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(16/1/18)
Full Report - All Reports
77%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



Unlock the rest of the data now
  • See All Official School Data
  • View Catchment Area Maps
  • Access 2022 League Tables
  • Read Real Parent Reviews
  • Unlock 2022 Star Ratings
  • Easily Choose Your #1 School
£14.95
Per month


Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

2017 2018 2019 UNLOCK

% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
2017 2018 2019 UNLOCK

% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Hillcrest
Bexwell Road
Downham Market
PE38 9ND
01366388191

School Description

You have successfully ensured that the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You enjoy the confidence of parents and carers, most of whom would recommend the school to others. One parent typically wrote: ‘My child is happy and making good progress. This is a fantastic school.’ You are providing good leadership, working with your dedicated team of teachers and teaching assistants to maintain a successful and effective team. As a result, staff morale is high, which is reflected in their questionnaire responses. The school has continued to improve through effective and purposeful leadership, including that of governors. You have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. Leaders use this information well to identify clear priorities for improvement. The governing body provides appropriate challenge and support for the school and governors visit the school regularly to form their own view of the school’s work. They use the information from their visits to commend leaders and challenge them on the quality of education provided. They are clearly ambitious for the success of every pupil. The curriculum promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well, including their understanding of British values. Pupils celebrate different world festivals and deepen their understanding of other faiths. They learn about the importance of protecting the environment and they democratically elect representatives on the school council. Pupils have many opportunities for enrichment through a wide range of after-school clubs, in which they eagerly participate. They are rightly proud of the school choir’s strong reputation for singing in the community. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is very good. They are polite and courteous to visitors and show respect for staff and other pupils in the school. They have very positive attitudes to learning and share their ideas enthusiastically to support each other’s learning. Leadership has ensured good teaching across the school, which is enabling pupils to learn effectively and make good progress. Pupils across the school are developing their reading, writing and mathematics well and as a result, pupils at both key stages achieved significantly above the national average in 2017. At key stage 2, pupils achieved significantly above the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics and the proportion who achieved greater depth was above the national average. You accurately judge the achievement of children in the early years and phonics teaching as strengths of the school. For the past two years, Reception children have reached good levels of development significantly above the national average. There has also been a clear upward trend over the past two years in the proportion of pupils exceeding the required standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check. Nevertheless, despite these clear strengths, pupils with low prior attainment at key stage 1 have not achieved as well across all subjects as other groups of pupils. Their progress was significantly below other pupils nationally in 2016 and in 2017. Currently, the progress of this group of pupils remains weaker than other groups because the teaching team in Year 1 is the least experienced in the school. Pupils with low prior attainment across the school, including those identified with special educational needs, do not usually make the same progress as other groups of pupils because the effectiveness of support for these pupils is too variable. You and your leaders take effective action where you identify improvements required. You have addressed well the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection. You successfully raised achievement in writing at key stage 1 and have taken effective actions to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the school. You have also ensured that subject leaders are regularly checking the progress of pupils across the school. You and your leaders know that more work needs to be done to raise the achievement of low prior attaining pupils so they make the same good progress as other groups of pupils. Safeguarding is effective. You are developing a strong culture for safeguarding because you have made sure that keeping pupils safe is central to the work of the school. Pupils told me how they felt safe and well cared for at the school. They said that bullying is rare and understand that many forms of bullying can take place. Pupils play safely in the playground and move safely around the school. Pupils are very aware of the possible dangers of the internet and know how to keep safe when online. I saw them handling equipment and using computers safely in lessons. Nearly all parents who responded to Parent View stated that their children were safe, happy and well looked after at school. You ensure that all necessary checks on staff are carried out and recorded appropriately. Leaders, including governors, ensure that all safeguarding procedures are effective. You act quickly and effectively when pupils are in need of support. Inspection findings One of my key lines of enquiry, to ascertain that the school remained good, was about low attaining pupils’ achievements across the curriculum at key stage 1. These pupils have not made enough progress in reading, writing, mathematics and science. School information on pupils’ progress shows that pupils with low prior attainment in Year 2 are making much better progress than similar pupils in Year 1. Pupils’ work seen in their books shows this group is beginning to make good progress across all subjects. However, in Year 1, their progress in handwriting, mathematics and science is slower than in Year 2. Pupils at key stage 1 are reading with confidence. Most pupils could read their own handwriting. I also wanted to determine how effective support was for pupils with low prior attainment, including those pupils identified with special educational needs, in reading at key stage 2. This was because the national results showed that this group of pupils were not doing as well as other groups of pupils with similar starting points. In the majority of lessons visited, teaching assistants provided effective support for these pupils, making good use of phonics to support their reading. Usually, they ensured that pupils were using appropriate texts to read, although a small number of these pupils were given non-fiction texts which they found too difficult. The strategies leaders have put in place to establish reading as the heart of the school’s curriculum is beginning to have a positive effect in encouraging reluctant readers, especially boys, to read. Nevertheless, in a few lessons at key stage 2, the support provided for reading was variable. Pupils who were struggling with reading in lessons delivered by less experienced teachers were not always provided with the most effective support. Occasionally, pupils identified with special educational needs are given reading books which are too difficult and this slows their progress. My final line of enquiry was about how well subject leaders are contributing to the raising of standards because at the previous inspection this was identified as an area for development. Subject leaders have developed their roles well since the last inspection. They have carried out audits of their areas of responsibility and put clear action plans in place to raise standards by improving teaching and learning within their subjects. They are now monitoring the impact of teaching on pupils’ learning and progress through lesson visits and by looking at pupils’ work. They are then linking these outcomes with the school’s information about the progress pupils are making over time. Subject leaders have used the information from their monitoring to put effective strategies in place to improve the teaching of reading, writing, mathematics and science. They have also provided training for staff and workshops for parents in how to support their child’s learning. All leaders rightly recognise the need to do more to strengthen teaching at key stage 1 and to strengthen support for pupils who find reading difficult at key stage 2. Next steps for the school Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: the quality of teaching for pupils with low prior attainment in Year 1 across all subjects is improved so that they make at least the same progress as other groups of pupils and reach the standards expected for their age pupils who are struggling with reading in lessons benefit from effective support. I am copying this letter to the chair of the governing body, the regional schools commissioner and the director of children’s services for Norfolk. This letter will be published on the Ofsted website. Yours sincerely Declan McCarthy Ofsted Inspector Information about the inspection During this inspection, I held meetings with you, senior and subject leaders and the chair of governors. I had a telephone discussion with a representative of the local authority. I visited a range of classes in the early years and across key stages 1 and 2 jointly with senior leaders. I looked at the work in pupils’ books and examined the school’s tracking information about the progress pupils are making. I met formally with a group of pupils and spoke with other pupils informally in classrooms and during breaktime and lunchtime. I looked at a range of documentation, including: the school’s self-evaluation and improvement plans; policies and procedures for safeguarding, attendance figures and records of behaviour; minutes of governing body meetings; curriculum plans; and the school’s website. I considered the views of 76 parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, as well as the 36 text responses of parents. I also took account of the 33 staff and 45 pupil online questionnaire returns.

Downham Market, Hillcrest Primary School Parent Reviews



unlock % Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree 63% Agree 33% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 3% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>63, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019
unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 10 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

unlock

Figures based on 30 responses up to 14-11-2019

Responses taken from Ofsted Parent View

Your rating:
Review guidelines
  • Do explain who you are and your relationship to the school e.g. ‘I am a parent…’
  • Do back up your opinion with examples or clear reasons but, remember, it’s your opinion not fact.
  • Don’t use bad or aggressive language.
  • Don't go in to detail about specific staff or pupils. Individual complaints should be directed to the school.
  • Do go to the relevant authority is you have concerns about a serious issue such as bullying, drug abuse or bad management.
Read the full review guidelines and where to find help if you have serious concerns about a school.
We respect your privacy and never share your email address with the reviewed school or any third parties. Please see our T&Cs and Privacy Policy for details of how we treat registered emails with TLC.


News, Photos and Open Days from Downham Market, Hillcrest Primary School

We are waiting for this school to upload information. Represent this school?
Register your details to add open days, photos and news.

Do you represent
Downham Market, Hillcrest Primary School?

Register to add photos, news and download your Certificate of Excellence 2021/22

*Official school administrator email addresses

(eg [email protected]). Details will be verified.

Questions? Email [email protected]

We're here to help your school to add information for parents.

Thank you for registering your details

A member of the School Guide team will verify your details within 2 working days and provide further detailed instructions for setting up your School Noticeboard.

For any questions please email [email protected]