Halton Holegate CofE Primary School


Name Halton Holegate CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 November 2014
Address Station Road, Halton Holegate, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23 5PB
Phone Number 01790752575
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 57 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.3
Percentage Free School Meals 43.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than most primary schools. All pupils are White British. There are currently no pupils from other ethnic groups, and no pupils who speak English as an additional language. At 11%, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is below average. This is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or in care. At almost 28%, the proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well above average. Children attend the Early Years Foundation Stage full time and are taught in the same class as pupils in Years 1 and 2. There are two other mixed-age classes, one for Years 3 and 4 and one for Years 5 and 6. The headteacher joined the school in April 2013. Teachers in two of the three classes were new to the school in the present term after an extended period of staff changes. In 2014 there were too few pupils in Year 6 for the usual judgement to be made on whether the school met the government’s floor standards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders, including the governing body, have ensured that teaching and learning have continued to flourish and all groups of pupils achieve well despite many recent staffing changes. Pupils behave well and show an eagerness to learn. They are courteous and respectful towards adults and each other. Pupils are safe in school. Adults know them well as individuals. Pupils know whom to turn to if they need help. Teachers adapt work well to cater for pupils in the mixed-age, mixed-ability classes. They make sure that tasks are engaging for both boys and girls, and are pitched at the right level of difficulty. Pupils make good and sometimes outstanding progress as they move up the school. They achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. They are being well prepared to take their places as citizens in modern Britain. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils rarely practise writing at length except in English lessons. Sometimes neither pupils nor teachers pay enough attention to the accuracy of pupils’ writing in lessons other than English. Some pupils understand mathematical processes but cannot apply these to solving actual problems. Pupils do not always understand or learn from the advice teachers give them when they mark their work.