Hale Primary School

Name Hale Primary School
Website http://www.hale.hants.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 September 2014
Address Hatchett Green, Hale, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 2NE
Phone Number 01725510436
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.0
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%

Information about this school

Hale Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school and is set within the New Forest. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is lower than the national average. This is additional funding provided by the government for disadvantaged pupils. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs on the school roll is below average. There are currently no pupils with an education, health and care plan. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. In 2013 the school met the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Children make good progress from starting points which are broadly in line with those expected for their age. They are given things to do which interest and excite them. Throughout the school pupils make good progress and reach standards which are above the national average by the end of Year 6. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs achieve well. Larger proportions of more-able pupils attain the higher levels when compared to national averages. Teaching is typically good. Teachers and learning support assistants have high expectations. Teachers check pupils’ progress regularly and ensure that lessons challenge all ability levels. Behaviour is good. Pupils are proud of their school and say they feel safe. They enjoy the strong sense of community in this small school. Parents and carers are unanimous in their support of the school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good. The exciting range of subjects that the school teaches deepens pupils’ knowledge. The headteacher is highly committed and ambitious for the continued success of the school. The headteacher and other staff have close relationships with parents, carers and the rest of the community. The work of the governing body is focused on continuing to keep standards high. Since the previous inspection leaders and governors have maintained and improved the strengths in pupils’ academic and personal development. The school is well placed to continue to improve even further. It is not yet an outstanding school because: The quality of teaching is not typically outstanding. Standards in writing are not as high as in reading and mathematics in Key Stage 2.