Lark Hill Community Primary School
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Liverpool Street
M5 4BJ
3 - 11
Community school
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The school has significantly increased in size since the previous inspection. It is now much larger than the average-sized primary school. Following a building programme to increase the number of classrooms, the school grew to three classes in most year groups in September 2016. The number of pupils on roll increased by nearly a half at that time and teaching, support and ancillary staff numbers rose by around a third. Children attend the Nursery and Reception classes full time. Since the previous inspection, the school has increased its admission range to cater for two-year-olds, although there is currently none on roll. A much higher than average proportion of pupils join and leave the school at other than the usual times. Since the start of this academic year, 79 pupils have joined the school and 54 have left. In the current Year 6, less than half of pupils joined the school at the usual time. Around a quarter of the new arrivals come with no prior attainment information. Inspection report: Lark Hill Community Primary School, 25–26 April 2018 Page 10 of 13 The school provides specialist provision, partly funded by the local authority, for children with complex and/or severe SEN and/or disabilities. Known as the Cherry Room, the 10 places in this provision are allocated to children in the early years and Year 1 who attend the school. Almost half of the pupils are of White British heritage, with a small proportion of pupils from a wide number of different minority ethnic backgrounds. Almost half the pupils speak English as an additional language. This is above the national average and higher than that seen at the previous inspection. The majority of these pupils join the school at an early stage of speaking English. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils in the school is more than double the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is high. The proportion of pupils with a statement of SEN or an education, health and care plan is above average. Since the previous inspection, the school has experienced significant turbulence in staffing, including in the senior leadership team. Over half of the current staff were not working at the school at the time of the previous inspection. A significant proportion of the new teaching posts established when the school expanded were teachers new to the profession. The headteacher left the school in May 2017 and the deputy headteacher became acting headteacher. He was appointed to the substantive role of headteacher in February 2018. A member of the senior leadership team took on the role of acting deputy headteacher in May 2017 and left the school at the end of the spring term in 2018. Two assistant headteachers also left at this time. The current acting deputy headteacher took up her post a week before the inspection. The governors were holding interviews for two new deputy headteachers during the inspection week. The school provides a breakfast club for its pupils. The school is a member of the local cluster of schools. The school receives support brokered by Salford local authority, including from the headteacher of the local Willow Tree Primary School. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. A Inspection report: Lark Hill Community Primary School, 25–26 April 2018 Page 11 of 13 Information about this inspection Inspectors gathered a range of evidence to judge the quality of teaching, learning and assessment over time. Learning was observed in all classes and when pupils learned in small groups. An inspector observed learning taking place in the school grounds. Inspectors made joint observations with the headteacher and acting deputy headteacher. Inspectors checked the safety of the school premises at different times of the school day. They observed arrangements for pupils’ arrival at school. The inspectors talked with pupils informally as they played at breaktimes, visited the dining hall at lunchtime and observed pupils’ behaviour as they moved around the school. They met formally with four groups of pupils, including two pupils who showed an inspector around the school. Inspectors looked at examples of pupils’ work and talked to them about it. They listened to pupils read and observed the teaching of reading skills. Pupils talked to inspectors about the books that they have enjoyed and those that they are currently reading. Inspectors held a number of meetings with the headteacher to consider his review of the school and the plan for improvement. Inspectors spoke with all senior leaders and met with middle and subject leaders and other members of staff. An inspector met with the chair of the governing body and two other governors. An inspector met with a representative of the local authority. Inspectors spoke to parents at the start of the school day. They took account of 33 responses to Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, and 22 comments provided for inspectors. Inspectors also took account of 61 responses to the staff questionnaire, 21 responses to the pupils’ questionnaire and the school’s most recent surveys of pupils’ and parents’ views. The inspectors examined a range of documents, including information about pupils’ progress, the quality of teaching and external views of the school. They reviewed the contents of the school’s website and scrutinised records relating to behaviour, attendance and safeguarding. Inspection team Lyn Pender, lead inspector Ofsted Inspector Mandy Dodd Ofsted Inspector Doreen Davenport Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: Lark Hill Community Primary School, 25–26 April 2018 Page 12 of 13 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

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Lark Hill Community Primary School Reviews

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"> My son is in the nursery. He loves his teacher but, unfortunately, even at such a young age, there seems to be a bullying problem which one teacher suggested was down to problems at home. I'm appalled that a teacher could say such a vile thing to a parent. The teacher of my son's class is lovely and very patient and has resulted in my son improving faster than I could ever hope for. It just feels such a shame that there are these wider issues. Other parents have said that there is a school wide problem with bullies and when it's reported, nothing is done. For a school as diverse as this one, it is a sorry state of affairs – especially as they cater for children with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. It's about time that the school addresses this issue.
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