Hadley Learning Community - Primary Phase


Name Hadley Learning Community - Primary Phase
Website http://www.hadleylearningcommunity.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 October 2012
Address Waterloo Road, Hadley, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 5NU
Phone Number 01952387088
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 561 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.0
Academy Sponsor Learning Community Trust
Local Authority Telford and Wrekin
Percentage Free School Meals 16%
Percentage English is Not First Language 42.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Hadley Learning Community Primary Phase is a larger-than-average primary school which is federated with a secondary school to form the Hadley Learning Community. It is located in accommodation which is shared by the secondary school, a special school, children’s centre, community day nursery, public library, and community arts, sports and learning facilities. The federation is led by a Principal, although the primary school has its own headteacher. The proportions of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is average. Around one in five of the pupils, which is an above-average proportion, receive either extra help at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs, the majority of whom have speech, language and communication difficulties. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is above average, and a well above average proportion speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who join and leave the school at different points in the school year is above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding provided to support the learning of particular pupils) is much higher than average. The school meets the government’s floor standards – the minimum standards set for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school operates breakfast and after-school clubs on site. The secondary and special schools, children’s centre and community day nursery are inspected and reported upon separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes make outstanding progress from very low starting points. Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 make good progress. Writing is a particular strength across the school. Pupils are supported well personally and in their learning and so they feel safe and well cared for. Behaviour in lessons and around school is good. Pupils’ come to school much more often than most pupils. Teaching has improved and is good with examples of outstanding practice. The school’s leaders have successfully improved teaching and learning since the last inspection. The Principal, headteacher and deputy headteacher work together well. They have built a strong staff team with the drive and skills to make the school even better. Governance is good because the governing body has a good grasp of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and holds the school accountable for pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The teaching of mathematics is not as consistently good in Key Stage 2 as it is in Key Stage 1 because there are too few opportunities for pupils to use numeracy in other subject lessons, so progress is not as good as it is in reading and writing. More-able pupils in Key Stage 2 are not always given work that is hard enough in mathematics. Pupils do not always have opportunities to follow up teachers’ marking in mathematics to improve their work.