Alderwood School

Name Alderwood School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 March 2016
Address Belle Vue Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4RZ
Phone Number 01252323494
Type Other
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1224 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.4
Percentage Free School Meals 11.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.9%

Information about this school

Belle Vue Infant School is a larger-than-average-sized infant school with three classes in each year group from Reception to Year 2. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after, is below average. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language are much lower than the national averages. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is much higher than the national average. All pupils in the early years attend full time. The school is part of a ‘hard federation’ with Newport Junior School, which serves the same area of Aldershot. This means that both schools share the executive headteacher and a single governing body. This arrangement was also in place at the time of the last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The executive headteacher, deputy headteacher and assistant headteacher make a highly effective team. Together they consistently communicate high expectations and so have successfully created a culture where everyone, including governors, leaders, teachers and pupils strive to deliver the school’s mantra to ‘be the best they can be’. The curriculum has been carefully tailored so that it precisely meets the specific needs of the pupils in the community it serves. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is highly effective. Teachers know their pupils exceptionally well and so plan lessons that engender their enthusiasm and a love for learning. The teaching of reading is exceptional. Pupils love books and use them extensively to help them learn. Pupils are kept very safe. Parents share pupils’ opinion that staff look after the children exceptionally well. Pupils’ attitudes and behaviour are delightful. Pupils make a significant contribution to the strong community cohesion at the school. Their attitudes to learning are excellent. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is extremely well catered for. Pupils strive to be strong global citizens. British values are promoted through everything they do. Pupils make exceptional progress from their starting points. By the time they reach the end of Year 2, they attain levels that are at least in line with, and frequently much higher than, national averages. All groups of pupils are given an equal opportunity to succeed. The most able pupils are consistently challenged and so achieve very well. All groups of pupils are given an equal opportunity to succeed. The most-able pupils are consistently challenged and so achieve very well. Provision in the early years is highly effective. Children make an excellent start to their education because the setting is exceptionally well run to meet their particular needs.