|Name||Anston Hillcrest Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||04 December 2013|
|Address||Hawthorne Avenue, South Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 5GR|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||242 (56% boys 44% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.8%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Anston Hillcrest is an average sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is below the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Since the previous inspection, there have been significant changes in staffing, including the appointment of a new headteacher and deputy headteacher. Specialist resource provision which meet the needs of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs from across the local authority is located within the school. The resource provides for 13 pupils with specific speech and language difficulties.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Anston Hillcrest continues to provide an excellent standard of education for all its pupils. Staff have created an exceptionally attractive, stimulating and inspirational learning environment in which pupils thrive. All pupils achieve extremely well during their time in school. They make outstanding progress and achieve standards which are higher than the national averages in reading, writing and mathematics. Highly effective help and guidance mean that pupils who are supported by the pupil premium funding, those who are disabled, those who have special educational needs, and the most able, do especially well. The needs of pupils attending the enhanced speech and language resource are extremely well met, enabling them to make good progress from their different starting points. Teaching is consistently good and much is outstanding. Lessons are highly enjoyable and well planned, enabling pupils to flourish during their time in school. Pupils are given good quality information on how well they are doing. They have a good understanding of what they need to do to improve, but teachers often fail to draw their attention to good handwriting and presentation of work. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are outstanding. Relationships are a genuine strength. Pupils feel very safe and respect the staff and each other. The school is exceptionally well led and managed. The extremely determined headteacher is strongly supported by the highly effective deputy headteacher, senior managers and staff at every level. The governing body contributes significantly to the success of the school. Governors have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. The overwhelming majority of parents are extremely supportive of the school. Attendance is consistently above average.