Oldfields Hall Middle School

Name Oldfields Hall Middle School
Website http://www.oldfields.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 June 2016
Address Stone Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7PL
Phone Number 01889562770
Type Academy
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 506 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Academy Sponsor Uttoxeter Learning Trust
Local Authority Staffordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1%
Persisitent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average-sized middle school. Most of the pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is above average. A below-average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium. This provides additional funding for children looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. All pupils are educated on the school site. The headteacher has been in post since September 2014. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Strong leadership from the headteacher, supported by senior leaders and governors, has led to rapid improvements in teaching and achievement since the previous inspection. Middle leaders and other staff form a strong and united team whose members are committed to providing the best education they can for their pupils. Leaders and teachers know how each pupil is progressing. They help pupils who fall behind with their work to catch up. The quality of teaching has improved and is now consistently good across most subjects. This means that an increasing proportion of pupils are making good or better progress. Teachers know their pupils very well. They plan lessons that take into account what pupils already understand, know and can do. Pupils like and trust their teachers. Reading is taught and promoted very well and pupils are making strong progress as a result. Pupils read widely because they enjoy it. Teachers give consistent, high-quality feedback that helps pupils to improve their work. Staff give good support to any pupil who is having difficulties or who needs extra help to succeed. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are confident, articulate, courteous and polite. Pupils enjoy coming to school. Attendance is well above the national average. Pupils feel safe in school. Governors are very committed. They know the school well and they effectively support and challenge the headteacher and other leaders. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some groups of pupils in some subjects and years make less progress than others. Pupils do not practise extended writing or arithmetic enough in subjects other than English and mathematics. There remains too much variability in the quality of teaching, especially in questioning and expectations of pupils.