|Name||Hambledon Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||02 October 2014|
|Address||Church Lane, Hambledon, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 4RT|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||117 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||2.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
Hambledon was an infant school until September 2013 when it expanded to become a primary school. The school is still growing, and at the time of the inspection the classes ranged from Reception to Year 4. Hambledon is still much smaller than the average-sized primary school with 84 pupils on roll. A new headteacher has been appointed since the previous inspection, and an assistant headteacher joined the school this year. The vast majority of pupils are from a White British heritage, and all pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding provided by the government for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or looked-after children) is very low.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The school is extremely well led by a highly effective headteacher and a strong leadership team. Governors know the school very well. They have an especially accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. They ask challenging questions and hold the headteacher to account. The standards pupils reach in reading, writing and mathematics are above those of most schools nationally, and have been for several years. Pupils typically make exceptional progress due to outstanding teaching. Teachers are dedicated and aspirational. They have high expectations of what the pupils are capable of achieving. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are extremely polite and courteous; they listen carefully and work particularly well together. Attendance is above average because pupils want to come to school and do their best. They are inspired by the adults around the school, have positive attitudes and are enthusiastic about their education. Pupils feel completely safe and secure in school and there are outstanding arrangements to keep them safe. Parents are very pleased with the work of the school. They find staff approachable and responsive to their concerns. There is excellent provision for children in the early years. Arrangements for children to start in the Reception class are very good. This helps children to settle quickly; they soon acquire the same purposeful attitude to school as the rest of the pupils. There are strong links with the local community which supports and values the work of the school.