Hasting Hill Academy

Name Hasting Hill Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 June 2014
Address Tilbury Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR3 4LY
Phone Number 01917070121
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 247 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.3
Academy Sponsor Wise Academies
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 37.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.2%
Persisitent Absence 15%
Pupils with SEN Support 15%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Hasting Hill Academy is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school was previously called Hasting Hill Primary School and became an academy on 1 December 2012. Almost all pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support from pupil premium is well-above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards which are minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The academy provides a breakfast club each morning.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since it became an academy in December 2012, there have been many substantial improvements. Rates of progress have speeded up in all year groups so pupils are achieving well. Any differences in the progress of pupils supported by pupil premium funding and other pupils are very small. Attendance has improved to above average and persistent absence is low. Teaching has improved and enables pupils to make good progress, particularly in English and mathematics. Pupils listen, concentrate well and work without distraction. Pupils are very positive about their school. They recognise that it has improved substantially since it became an academy. They say that they enjoy lessons and make good progress. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons, when moving around the academy and when playing and socialising at breaks and lunchtime is good. Pupils feel safe in the academy. They know that there is always a caring adult on hand if they need comfort, help or advice. The headteacher, staff, governors and the WISE Trust work very effectively together to ensure that the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and the overall effectiveness of the academy continue to improve and that it meets challenging targets. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils in the current Years 3 and 4 have not matched the good progress made by other year groups since the school became an academy. There are still some instances of lessons where the pace of learning is too slow.