Hartest Church of England Primary School

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Hartest Church of England Primary School


Name Hartest Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.hartest.suffolk.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 31 January 2013
Address The Row, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 4DL
Phone Number 01284830343
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 10.2
Academy Sponsor St Edmundsbury And Ipswich Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 5.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.2%
Persisitent Absence 5.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a much smaller than average-sized primary school. Since the last inspection, the school has expanded to include Year 6 pupils. The great majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for children from service families, is below average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is very low. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is about average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not make use of any off-site alternative provision. Half the teaching staff has changed since the last inspection. Most pupils are taught in mixed-age classes. The on-site, independent pre-school is inspected separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All pupils make good progress and achieve well because teaching in almost all lessons is good or better. The school largely succeeds in its aim to develop the ‘wholeness’ of each child. Pupils thrive and become confident, motivated learners because staff know and care for them very well. Each pupil’s progress is carefully checked so that none fall behind. Excellent use is made of teachers’ specialist subject knowledge. The well-trained learning support assistants make a good contribution to the progress of the pupils they support. Pupils say they enjoy lessons because staff make them interesting. They generally behave well, feel safe in school and have positive relationships with staff and each other. The headteacher knows the school very well. She has built on its strengths and tackled its weaknesses. As a result, the school has improved since the last inspection. Staff form an effective team and share high expectations and aspirations. Leaders’ strong focus on training and developing staff’s skills is particularly beneficial to pupils’ learning. The change of status from First to Primary school has been managed effectively because : of clear foresight and careful planning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not regularly encourage pupils to follow up the clear advice given to them about how they can improve their work. The role of subject leaders in checking teaching and improving pupil progress is not yet fully developed. Although making good progress, the most able pupils do not have enough chance to work together. Too little is done to prepare pupils for life in multicultural Britain.