Hollycombe Primary School

Name Hollycombe Primary School
Website http://www.hollycombe.w-sussex.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 October 2013
Address Wardley Green, Milland, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7LY
Phone Number 01482741332
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 101 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 1.0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 5%
Persisitent Absence 9.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 24.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is smaller than the average-sized primary school. There are four classes, all of which are organised in mixed-age classes. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (funding provided by the government to support the learning of pupils who are known to be entitled to free school meals) is well below average. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This is a happy and caring school where pupils are known very well. As one parent said, ‘At this school children are not just a number they are a real person.’ Pupils achieve and enjoy learning in a calm and purposeful environment. Pupils throughout the school achieve well. From their individual starting points, pupils make at least good progress. Teaching is good. Teachers use a range of interesting resources to engage pupils’ interests, which motivates them to learn. Pupils greatly enjoy school and show exceptionally positive attitudes to learning. Behaviour is outstanding and pupils say they feel very safe at school. The breadth of the curriculum and some of the experiences offered to pupils are outstanding. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of sporting activities and achieve considerable success. The leadership and management of the school, including governance, are good because they challenge staff and hold them to account for pupils’ progress. The headteacher has very successfully motivated the staff to aspire to develop their practice even further. Robust checks on teaching by senior leaders, followed by intensive training and support, have helped them improve the quality of their work. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not yet outstanding. Teachers do not always plan tasks that challenge pupils or check closely enough to pick up misunderstandings by pupils in lessons. Achievement in mathematics is not as strong as it is in reading and writing because pupils do not have enough opportunities to solve problems and marking does not consistently help pupils to improve their work.