Greenfield Primary School
- Aug. 31, 2012)
Phone:0117 *** ***
Head Teacher: Mrs Elaine Cain
312 pupils, Mixed
|Unique Reference Number||134862|
|Local Authority||Bristol City of|
|Inspection dates||4–5 May 2010|
|Reporting inspector||Shirley Billington|
|Type of school||Primary|
|Age range of pupils||3–11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||293|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||8 May 2007|
|School address||Novers Lane|
|Bristol BS4 1QW|
|Telephone number||0117 3772191|
|Fax number||0117 9039832|
|Inspection dates||4–5 May 2010|
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This inspection was carried out by three additional inspectors. Inspectors observed 17 lessons and sampled several sessions in the Early Years Foundation Stage and work in withdrawal groups. Twelve teachers were seen teaching. Meetings were held with groups of pupils, staff, governors and the school improvement officer. Inspectors observed the school's work and looked at data on pupils' progress, samples of pupils' work, school improvement planning and monitoring information. Questionnaires returned by 22 parents and carers were scrutinised. Those completed by staff and pupils in Years 3 to 6 were also taken into account.
The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school's work. It looked in detail at the following.
The school is slightly larger than most primary schools. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. Most children in the Early Years Foundation Stage attend Nursery on a part-time basis before transferring to a Reception class. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is well above average. A significant number of these pupils has statements of special educational needs. Most, but not all, of these attend a unit for pupils with social, behavioural and emotional difficulties that serves a city-wide area.
There have been several changes of staff over the past three years and there are still some temporary arrangements in place. The headteacher and deputy headteacher took up post in January 2009.
|Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory, and 4 is inadequate|
|Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms|
Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?
The school's capacity for sustained improvement
Strong and determined leadership by the headteacher and deputy headteacher is having a positive impact in reversing a sharp downward trend in pupils' attainment. Weaknesses in teaching have been tackled rigorously. A comprehensive programme of training, supported by the local authority, has resulted in lessons being better adapted to meet pupils' learning needs. The introduction of regular checks on progress means that leaders get a good view of where pupils are making expected gains and where additional support needs to be targeted to boost achievement further. Assessment information is shared with teachers so that they are able to plan a variety of activities to meet a wide range of learning needs in each class. While this is successful in ensuring at least satisfactory, and often good, progress for the majority of pupils in each lesson, there are occasions when more able pupils are not sufficiently challenged. Opportunities are missed to provide them with tasks that would allow them to use and apply their skills, for example in making decisions about how to organise their work or through using information and communication technology (ICT) independently for research and presentation.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress and develop confidence and an enthusiasm for learning. In past years, this good start has not been built on, pupils have not made the progress that they should and there has been widespread underachievement through to the end of Year 6. As a result, performance in national tests in the past two years has been exceptionally low. Leaders have tackled this through reorganisation of teaching arrangements, providing extra support to address gaps in pupils' learning and introducing specific programmes to boost their skills. Pupils are now making up lost ground at a good rate. This is resulting, for example, in the majority of Year 2 pupils being on course to attain at least average levels in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of this year. A high proportion of Year 6 pupils are making good progress and the vast majority are expected to make the gains that they should by the end of the year. These outcomes represent considerable improvement in pupils' achievement. A strong focus on improving literacy skills is resulting in a more consistent rate of progress in reading and writing throughout the school. In mathematics, the picture is more patchy, particularly in Years 3 to 6. There are residual weaknesses in pupils' skills in calculation and many pupils lack confidence and understanding of how to use what they know in solving problems.
Changes in the curriculum to make learning meaningful and relevant are resulting in the majority of pupils showing increasing enthusiasm for school. They are particularly keen on the range of opportunities to participate in sports-related activities and many show a good understanding of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Visits, visitors and good links with a variety of organisations contribute to pupils' enjoyment of learning.
The majority of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities benefit from well-targeted support and make steady gains in relation to their targets. For those with significant and complex difficulties, particularly related to behavioural issues, good attention is paid to planning support strategies and tracking improvements in their emotional and social development. However, checks on their academic progress are infrequent and unsystematic and, as a result, the tasks that they are given are not always effective in helping them to learn.
Effective systems for regularly checking on the school's strengths and weaknesses mean that action taken to bring about improvement is swift and effective. The successes in tackling underachievement, the impact of initiatives to improve teaching and the curriculum, and the commitment of governors and leaders at all levels to maintain the momentum of change, indicate that the school has sound capacity for sustained improvement.
Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils
The majority of pupils show good application in lessons and often work well together at their assigned tasks. In a Year 2 lesson, for instance, all pupils participated in a lively session of 'place value aerobics' and were keen to demonstrate their understanding of hundreds, tens and units. Year 6 pupils were very focused as they discussed with their partners how to formulate questions related to writing a report. Pupils themselves say that lessons are, 'more fun than they used to be'. However, for many of the older pupils, work rate is slow and they still struggle with the structure and presentation of written work.
The behaviour of most pupils in lessons is good and they show consideration of others as they move around the school. A minority present challenging behaviour and this has resulted in a high number of exclusions, usually of pupils who are new to the unit and who have significant barriers to learning. However, for more settled pupils, there are few exclusions.
Attendance has been well below national averages in recent years and a key focus for improvement. A variety of strategies is in place to promote and celebrate good attendance and to work with families where children's frequent absences cause concern. There has been notable success in tackling the number of persistent absentees, which has been reduced by two thirds over the past year. Attendance overall showed improvement in the first two terms of this academic year, but plummeted in January during adverse weather and an outbreak of swine flu. Although recent figures show at least satisfactory attendance for the vast majority of pupils, the school is unlikely to meet its target for improvement this year.
Pupils are keen to take on a range of responsibilities and the school council is involved in initiating fundraising events and suggesting improvements, for example in the range of playground equipment. Play leaders from Years 5 and 6 are well regarded by their peers and proactive in making decisions about organisation of games at break times to ensure fairness in the use of space.
These are the grades for pupils' outcomes
|Pupils' achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning|
Taking into account:
The quality of pupils' learning and their progress
The quality of learning for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their progress
|The extent to which pupils feel safe||3|
|The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles||2|
|The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community||3|
|The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being|
Taking into account:
|The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development||3|
1 The grades for attainment and attendance are: 1 is high; 2 is above average; 3 is broadly average; and 4 is low
There are instances of good lessons throughout the school and strategies to promote effective practice are helping to ensure a more consistent quality of teaching. Where teaching is most effective, teachers are very attuned to pupils' levels of understanding and lessons are carefully organised to build on what they know. This was evident in a Year 6 lesson where the teacher used a variety of resources and well-structured strategies to enable pupils to understand how to construct complex sentences. There are occasions, however, where pupils who need to consolidate their learning do not have enough opportunity to do so and those who are capable of making quicker progress mark time doing the same activities as the rest of the class.
A strong focus on improving pupils' basic skills is proving successful, particularly in addressing low attainment in reading. Links across subjects have been established and pupils are given a range of opportunities to write for a variety of purposes, for instance to explain their findings in science. Work in mathematics has been supported through the introduction of new teaching material, but this is not sufficiently well adapted to address the residual weaknesses in pupils' understanding of number operations. The school recognises that ICT is underused, largely as a result of difficulties with equipment, and there are plans to address this when a new suite is established in the near future.
Individual pupils are well known and they are confident that they can turn to an adult if they have concerns. The school works well with a range of agencies to support individual pupils and their parents and carers where necessary. There are clear systems for managing unacceptable behaviour in lessons, but these are not always followed and, as a result, there is confusion about who is responsible for addressing any issues that arise. Learning support assistants make a significant contribution to supporting individuals and groups of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities in lessons throughout the school.
These are the grades for the quality of provision
|The quality of teaching|
Taking into account:
The use of assessment to support learning
|The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs, including, where relevant, through partnerships||3|
|The effectiveness of care, guidance and support||3|
Senior leaders, middle managers and governors share a commitment to improving pupils' achievement and have achieved considerable success in addressing past weaknesses in provision. Rigorous monitoring of teaching and support for individual teachers has had a positive impact, although leaders recognise that there is still work to do to establish the consistently good quality to which they aspire. Improved assessment systems mean that the school is better placed to analyse the progress of different groups and address issues that arise. The information is being used well to raise expectations of pupils' achievement, although this still needs to impact on the progress of the more able.
Governors are well informed and becoming more proactive in reviewing the strengths and weaknesses in the school's performance. A review of statutory responsibilities has resulted in gaps in policies being addressed. A large deficit in the budget has been reduced and staffing reorganised to provide additional support in order to boost pupils' progress, particularly in literacy.
Safeguarding arrangements are secure, with all necessary checks carried out on a regular basis. The school is generally an harmonious community; all pupils are welcomed and there is no room for discrimination. A variety of strategies have been implemented to engage parents and carers in their children's learning and these are proving successful, particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school makes good use of links within the locality, such as that with Bristol City Football Club, to extend pupils' experiences. Pupils' awareness of global issues is raised through, for instance, work on life in India and fundraising for Haiti. However, their awareness of the diversity of cultures represented in the United Kingdom is limited.
These are the grades for leadership and management
|The effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement|
Taking into account:
The leadership and management of teaching and learning
|The effectiveness of the governing body in challenging and supporting the|
school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and statutory responsibilities met
|The effectiveness of the school's engagement with parents and carers||3|
|The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being||2|
|The effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination||3|
|The effectiveness of safeguarding procedures||3|
|The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion||3|
|The effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money||3|
Most children start Nursery with very limited skills, particularly in relation to language. They make good progress so that, by the end of the Reception Year, their attainment is close to expected levels in most areas. While spoken language develops well, and most children are able to explain their ideas and to ask and answer questions, writing and aspects of number are weaker areas and these are a current focus for improvement. A structured programme for teaching letters and sounds is having a positive impact and this has been extended into other year groups to maintain the momentum of learning.
Staff work well as a team and children's progress is carefully tracked so that the curriculum can be adapted to meet their needs and interests. Parents are invited to contribute to 'learning diaries' and to get involved in weekly reading and 'stay and play' sessions with their child. A relatively new outdoor area is well equipped to promote children's physical and creative development and to extend their knowledge and understanding of the world. Leaders recognise that there is scope to enhance it further in order to support learning in aspects of literacy and numeracy.
These are the grades for the Early Years Foundation Stage
|Overall effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage|
Taking into account:
Outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
The quality of provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage
The effectiveness of leadership and management of the Early Years Foundation
There was a very low response rate to the questionnaires, which the school attributes to the inspection coming immediately after a bank holiday weekend. Of those parents and carers that did respond, all were happy with their child's overall experience in school. Several made positive comments about the approachability of staff and how pleased they are with their child's progress. A small number had concerns with how the school deals with unacceptable behaviour. The inspection confirmed that behavioural issues are always addressed but that procedures outlined in the behaviour policy are not always followed.
Ofsted invited all the registered parents and carers of pupils registered at Greenfield Primary School to complete a questionnaire about their views of the school. In the questionnaire, parents and carers were asked to record how strongly they agreed with 13 statements about the school.
The inspection team received 22 completed questionnaires by the end of the on-site inspection. In total, there are 293 pupils registered at the school.
|My child enjoys school||10||45||11||50||1||5||0||0|
|The school keeps my child safe||14||64||8||36||0||0||0||0|
|My school informs me about my child's progress||11||50||10||45||1||5||0||0|
|My child is making enough progress at this school||11||50||10||45||1||5||0||0|
|The teaching is good at this school||11||50||11||0||0||0||0||0|
|The school helps me to support my child's learning||11||50||10||45||1||5||0||0|
|The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle||7||32||14||64||0||0||0||0|
|The school makes sure that my child is well prepared for the future (for example changing year group, changing school, and for children who are finishing school, entering further or higher education, or entering employment)||5||23||14||64||0||0||0||0|
|The school meets my child's particular needs||8||36||14||64||0||0||0||0|
|The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour||7||32||12||55||2||9||1||5|
|The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns||8||36||12||55||2||9||0||0|
|The school is led and managed effectively||10||45||11||50||0||0||0||0|
|Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school||11||50||11||0||0||0||0||0|
The table above summarises the responses that parents and carers made to each statement. The percentages indicate the proportion of parents and carers giving that response out of the total number of completed questionnaires. Where one or more parents and carers chose not to answer a particular question, the percentages will not add up to 100%.
|Grade 1||Outstanding||These features are highly effective. An oustanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs.|
|Grade 2||Good||These are very positive features of a school. A school that is good is serving its pupils well.|
|Grade 3||Satisfactory||These features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils.|
|Grade 4||Inadequate||These features are not of an acceptable standard. An inadequate school needs to make significant improvement in order to meet the needs of its pupils. Ofsted inspectors will make further visits until it improves.|
|Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)|
|Type of school||Outstanding||Good||Satisfactory||Inadequate|
|Pupil referral |
the progress and success of a pupil in their learning, development or training.
the standard of the pupils' work shown by test and examination results and in lessons.
|Capacity to improve:|
the proven ability of the school to continue improving. Inspectors base this judgement on what the school has accomplished so far and on the quality of its systems to maintain improvement.
|Leadership and management:|
the contribution of all the staff with responsibilities, not just the headteacher, to identifying priorities, directing and motivating staff and running the school.
how well pupils acquire knowledge, develop their understanding, learn and practise skills and are developing their competence as learners.
inspectors form a judgement on a school's overall effectiveness based on the findings from their inspection of the school. The following judgements, in particular, influence what the overall effectiveness judgement will be.
the rate at which pupils are learning in lessons and over longer periods of time. It is often measured by comparing the pupils' attainment at the end of a key stage with their attainment when they started.
19 May 2010
Inspection of Greenfield Primary School, Bristol BS4 1QW
You may remember that a team of inspectors visited recently to see how you are getting on at school. Thanks to all of you who talked to us about your work in lessons and the activities in which you get involved. Particular thanks to the groups of Years 5 and 6 pupils who met with us. We found that your school provides you with a sound education and there is a lot of work going on that means it is improving all the time.
These are some of the strong features.
We have suggested three things that the school needs to do now.
You can help by continuing to work hard and getting to school every day that you possibly can.
Thank you again for your help.
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