Hardwick Primary School


Name Hardwick Primary School
Website http://www.hardwickprimaryschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2013
Address Steward Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2PW
Phone Number 01284755424
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 284 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.1
Percentage Free School Meals 5.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.2%

Information about this school

Hardwick is an average-sized primary school which additionally provides specially resourced provision for 15 pupils with special educational needs. This is in the form of a specialist unit for children in the Reception Year and in Years 1 and 2 with speech, language and communication needs, known as the specialist speech and language unit. There are currently 12 pupils attending the unit and all have a statement of special educational needs. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds and a significant number speak English as an additional language. A significant number of pupils, whose parents work on contracts of between one and two years at the local hospital, enter or leave the school other than the usual times. An average proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs are supported through school action. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils eligible for free school meals, those whose families are in the armed services and those looked after by the local authority) is broadly average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school has a separate before- and after-school club, which is attended by pupils but managed independently and inspected separately from the school. The headteacher has been in post for the past two years and the senior leadership team has been reorganised. The building has been refurbished and a new outdoor learning environment has been created.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children settle in quickly when they start school and make good progress in the Reception Year. Pupils in the specialist resource unit make outstanding progress from their low starting points and do much better than similar pupils nationally. Pupils make good progress in Years 1 to 4 to reach broadly average attainment in English and mathematics by the end of Year 4. Teaching is good and there is some that is outstanding. Teachers have good subject knowledge and make good use of well-chosen activities to motivate pupils. Teaching assistants provide outstanding support for learning. Pupils’ behaviour and safety are good. Most pupils attend school regularly; they are punctual for lessons and have good attitudes to learning. Leadership and management are good. The headteacher and senior leaders ensure a strong and shared commitment among staff for continuous improvement. Governors provide good support for all staff with leadership responsibilities. As a result of good leadership, teaching continues to improve, as well as assessment and the curriculum, with outstanding opportunities to enrich learning. The school demonstrates good capacity for sustained improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : A few pupils are persistently absent because : their parents keep them away from school for too long during term time. Learning tasks are not always matched well enough to the different abilities of pupils. Teachers do not always inform pupils how to develop their learning when marking their books.