Oak Hill First School

Name Oak Hill First School
Website http://www.oakhillfirst.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 January 2015
Address Wirehill Drive, Lodge Park, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 7JU
Phone Number 01527528523
Type Primary
Age Range 3-9
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 15.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The children in the early years attend Reception full-time and the Nursery part-time. Four out of every five pupils are of White British heritage. The rest come from a broad range of ethnic backgrounds. One pupil in ten speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, at one in seven, is broadly average. Just over a quarter of the pupils are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or in local authority care). This is broadly average. There have been many changes to the teaching staff since the last inspection. Six new teachers, including two assistant headteachers, took up their posts in September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, governors and senior leaders have brought about improvements in teaching and the curriculum. This has resulted in pupils achieving well in reading, writing and mathematics. The governors now play a particularly effective role in challenging the school to continue to improve. They are well informed and benefit from well-chosen training to sharpen their skills. Children in the early years make good progress through a broad range of stimulating, well-taught activities. Disadvantaged pupils supported by additional funds are making good progress. Pupils behave well and have positive attitudes to learning. Pupils say they feel safe at school. The teachers plan and teach lessons that interest and motivate the pupils. This leads to them making good progress. The pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very well throughout the curriculum. Reading is well taught. Pupils gain a good knowledge of the sounds that letters make. Pupils throughout the school receive very helpful feedback on their work, particularly in mathematics. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Adults working with children in the early years do not always focus effectively on developing and extending the children’s communication skills. Fewer pupils are reaching high standards in writing than in reading and mathematics. Teachers do not always give pupils sufficiently challenging writing tasks, or identify and correct their spelling mistakes.