Hardwicke Parochial Academy

Name Hardwicke Parochial Academy
Website http://www.hardwicke.gloucs.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 17 April 2013
Address Poplar Way, Hardwicke, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 4QG
Phone Number 01452720538
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 429 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Academy Sponsor The Diocese Of Gloucester Academies Trust
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.8%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Hardwicke Parochial Primary School is larger than the average sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above the national average and the proportion 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, which is additional government funding for specific groups including those known to be eligible for free school meals, is below average. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is an enhanced Healthy School and is very proud to be at the top of the football league in the area.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils make good progress and achieve well from their different starting points. Teaching is good and at times outstanding. In most lessons the pace of learning is fast and the work is demanding. As a result pupils make good progress. The stimulating range of subjects and topics also enhances pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills across different subject areas. Pupils’ behaviour and their attitudes to work are good. Pupils say they feel safe in school and that bullying is rare and that any incidents are dealt with effectively. The strong leadership team, including governance, has effectively brought about improvement in teaching and achievement. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make a good start to their education. The school makes good use of its grounds to support learning and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons, pupils have too few opportunities to work on their own or think for themselves. Teachers’ marking does not always tell pupils clearly how well they are doing, how to improve their work or what the next steps in learning are.