Gilthill Primary School

Name Gilthill Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 25 February 2014
Address Gilt Hill, Kimberley, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG16 2GZ
Phone Number 01159190611
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Academy Sponsor East Midlands Education Trust
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 6.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.5%
Persisitent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Gilthill Primary is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are seven classes, one class for each age group. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for certain groups, which in this school supports pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. In January 2012, the governors appointed a new headteacher, and a new deputy headteacher in April 2012. In September 2012 they also appointed a newly qualified teacher and a literacy coordinator. There is a breakfast club and an after-school club not managed by the governing body and so these did not form part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is very welcoming and caring and pupils are happy to attend. They are proud of their school, have very positive attitudes and develop a love of learning. Achievement is good. Pupils make good and improving progress from starting points that are below expectations for their ages when they start school. All groups of pupils achieve well, including pupils who benefit from the pupil premium, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Children get a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage and thrive in a caring and exciting setting. Teaching is good. Teachers plan interesting and stimulating lessons that motivate pupils who work hard and want to do well. Teachers have very good relationships with pupils. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. The school works outstandingly well to ensure that pupils feel safe and secure. The headteacher’s leadership is highly effective and inspires pupils, teachers, parents and carers to want to do their best. Senior leaders check the school’s work thoroughly and improve teaching where weaknesses are identified, so that pupils achieve well. The governing body supports leaders well and holds them to account for the school’s performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Opportunities for writing at length are not always planned for across a range of subjects. Too few pupils who have the potential to do so attain the higher levels at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. Pupils in Year 1 do not make fast enough progress in developing their phonic skills (linking sounds and letters). Pupils in Year 2 do not always make sense of what they are reading. Pupils are not always clear about the purpose of their learning in mathematics.