Harthill Primary School
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5 - 11
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How Does The School Perform?

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics

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School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your school is a bright, warm and welcoming learning community. You are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve success and any weaknesses in pupils’ learning are addressed quickly so that pupils now make good progress. You have worked hard to introduce more consistent approaches to teaching and learning despite many changes to staff. A new leadership team has been introduced and you have prepared your team well to fulfil their new roles. Leaders have accurately identified the areas that need to improve and have put in place plans to ensure that appropriate actions are taken. As a result, pupils are now beginning to reap the reward of the changes you have made and outcomes are improving. Pupils are polite and courteous as they move around the school. They support each other well in lessons and listen carefully to adults in classrooms. Pupils say that they feel safe in school and enjoy the lessons that teachers plan for them. During lesson time, the atmosphere is productive and focused. Pupils enjoy a broad curriculum that allows them to broaden their perspectives on the world around them. The majority of parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, agree that their children are happy and safe at school. The majority agree that their children make good progress and are well taught. You have established effective links with the local authority and other local schools which have enabled you to make positive changes. Provision in the early years has improved as a result of your actions and you have sustained good outcomes at the end of the early years for several years. Similarly, outcomes in the Year 1 phonics screening check have been well above the national average in recent years. During the last inspection, inspectors identified that achievement in writing was not as good as it was in reading and mathematics. By the end of Year 6 fewer pupils were reaching the higher levels of attainment than in other subjects. You have worked hard to make the improvements needed to increase the proportion of pupils reaching higher standards. Your analysis of assessments identified a need to improve pupils’ vocabulary. In order to address this issue, you have provided teachers with new texts that promote the use of more demanding vocabulary. You have provided training to ensure that teachers have a better knowledge of the expectations of the national curriculum so that they can provide more challenging activities. As a result of good leadership, outcomes in writing have improved. More pupils are reaching the expected and higher standards in each age group. Pupils are given a good range of opportunities to develop their writing skills and are making good progress. When we looked at books, we could see that most teachers plan activities that provide sufficient challenge for the most able and middle-prior-attaining pupils. Teachers make it clear what pupils must do to be successful in their writing and allow pupils time to check their work against these criteria. However, sometimes activities are not planned precisely enough to meet the needs of pupils who have special needs and/or disabilities. This means that they are unable to complete their tasks successfully and they make less progress. The previous inspection found that teachers did not always plan and provide work that was hard enough for the most able pupils. Pupils’ books now show that, in many cases, the most able pupils are given tasks that are appropriate for their age and provide them with challenge. Teachers’ use of more challenging texts provides higher expectations and pupils are required to answer demanding questions to demonstrate their understanding. Our visits to lessons enabled us to listen to teachers use questioning skilfully to guide pupils. Sometimes, teachers encouraged pupils to make links to previous learning and this allowed them to improve the answers that they gave. However, pupils do not always take enough pride in their work. Too often, pupils make simple errors in their use of punctuation and grammar. Improving this is an important next step. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding requirements are fit for purpose. You and your staff team place a high priority on ensuring that pupils are safe and their welfare is protected. You make appropriate checks when recruiting staff to ensure that they are fit to work with pupils. You provide regular training for staff and all statutory training is up to date. Leaders provide staff with regular safeguarding updates so that they are kept aware of the latest guidance on dealing with national issues such as extremism. You distribute the responsibility for safeguarding appropriately among school leaders, so that the awareness of safeguarding remains high in school. Governors provide leaders with challenge and visit the school to check that procedures are adhered to.

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This school is an academy and does not conform to the general school admission criteria set down by the Local Education Authority.