Heathfield Primary and Nursery School

Heathfield Primary and Nursery School
Scotland Road
Basford
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG51JU

Phone:0115 9155725
Headteacher: Mr Gary Fullwood

 

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313 pupils, Mixed

146 boys
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167 girls
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Ofsted report

Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number122442
Local AuthorityCITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Inspection number292402
Inspection dates14–15 February 2007
Reporting inspectorRonald Cohen

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.


Type of schoolPrimary
School categoryCommunity
Age range of pupils3–11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)294
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection12 November 2001
School addressScotland Road
Basford, Nottingham
Nottinghamshire NG5 1JU
Telephone number0115 915 5725
Fax number0115 915 5726
ChairMiss Diane Shipman
HeadteacherMr Gary Fullwood

Introduction

The inspection was carried out by three Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

The school is slightly larger than average. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is well above the national average. Higher than average numbers of pupils are from minority ethnic groups as are the numbers who do not have English as their first language. The number of pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities is also well above average. However, the number of pupils with statements of special need is below average. Most of the children begin school with skills which are far below those expected in many areas of development but particularly in language skills.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

Heathfield Primary School is a good school, in which pupils make good progress. Central to this is the leadership by the headteacher. It is his vision of educating the whole child which has ensured that pupils achieve as well as they do. He is supported in this by a good senior management team, committed staff and an enthusiastic and knowledgeable chair of governors.

Children make satisfactory progress in the Nursery and Reception classes due to an appropriate early years' curriculum. Despite their progress, children's low starting points when they entered the Foundation Stage mean that their attainment is still low as they enter Year 1, because their communication, language and literacy skills remain weak.

By the end of Year 2, pupils have successfully built on this sound start and have made good progress. This is maintained and by the end of Year 6, progress, including the progress made by pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities, is good. This is due in a large part to good teaching and a good curriculum which interest and motivates pupils in most subjects. However, overall standards remain below average especially in mathematics, science and English, where there are particular weaknesses in pupils' writing which act as a barrier to their reaching higher levels in national tests. The school has rightly identified this as an area for development and has already put actions into place to remedy this weakness. Pupils' behaviour and attitudes are good. The school is aware of the need to establish a consistency of best practice for all teachers. In the most effective lessons, appropriate pace and challenge, together with skilful classroom management promotes a positive learning ethos. This gives pupils, especially those who start at the school at different times, a strong foundation for the next stage of their education. However, some lessons lack pace. As a result learning slows down.

The personal development and well-being of pupils are good and are well supported by the good care and guidance pupils receive. There is good provision for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which results in a positive, inclusive learning environment. The school caters very well for those pupils who need most support. Pupils feel safe and very well cared for. Parents have confidence in the school. As one parent commented, 'My daughter has had her gifts and talents recognised and the school has given her opportunities to flourish in them.' All these factors make a significant contribution to pupils' good achievement. The school gives good value for money.

The school has tackled the issues from the last inspection effectively. Good leadership and management, based on an accurate assessment of the school's strengths and weaknesses, have led to the school's good record of improvement in several areas since the time of the last inspection. This record, together with the school's determined planning for the future, shows that its capacity to improve further is good.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Find ways to make writing tasks more appealing to pupils so that they are more motivated and standards rise.
  • Ensure that all lessons have good pace and challenge in line with the best practice, so that good teaching is consistent throughout the school.

Achievement and standards

Grade: 2

Achievement is good. However, progress through the different phases of pupils' education is uneven. Progress of children in the Foundation Stage is satisfactory. As they enter Nursery with low standards few children reach the goals expected of their age by the time they enter Year 1. Standards at the end of Year 2 have been far below average over recent years. Inspection findings and the school's assessment information indicate that current standards are closer to average. This represents good progress. Similarly, standards at Year 6 have risen from exceptionally low at the time of the last inspection to below average currently. This also indicates good progress. Pupils who find learning hard receive good support that enables them to make good progress towards their learning goals. There are no significant differences in the progress made by pupils of different gender, ethnicity or ability. Achievement in writing has been a particular problem recognised by the school because too many pupils find it hard; lose interest and motivation. The school has introduced a range of measures, such as 'themed' weeks which have had some success in encouraging pupils' free and expanded writing. However, standards in writing are below those in other subjects. The school surpassed its targets in 2006 and has set more challenging ones for 2007.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 2

Pupils' personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is good. They enjoy coming to school and say that teachers make their lessons enjoyable, though they also say literacy is not as interesting as some other subjects. Pupils say that there is no bullying in school but that if they had worries they would talk to a member of staff who 'would sort things out'. Behaviour has improved since the last inspection and is now good. A small minority of pupils find it hard to behave well all the time but the staff, including the learning mentor and teaching assistants, work hard and successfully support them. This helps them to learn to control themselves increasingly effectively. Older pupils enjoy taking responsibility around the school, supporting others as playground buddies, or being on the school council. While pupils know what healthy food is, they still sometimes choose biscuits rather than fruit for break time snacks. They enjoy energetic play and physical education lessons. The school helps them to develop good social skills so that they work and play well together and grow in maturity. Attendance has improved but remains below average despite the good efforts of the school to persuade parents not to take holidays in school time.

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 2

Teaching and learning are good overall, although a small proprortion is only satisfactory. The lack of signifant changes to the workforce has enabled staff to work well as a team; supporting each other to produce generally good classroom practice. As a result, pupils achieve well. Teachers know that developing confidence and competence, especially in spoken and written English, is a critical goal for the pupils and appropriate emphasis is given to this. In the best lessons, teachers have very good relationships with pupils and high expectations of their behaviour. As a result, pupils are very keen to learn. Pupils are challenged effectively and lessons move at a brisk pace. Pupils say that these lessons are fun because they are hard work and make them think. They like the way teachers' marking tells them what was good about their work and what they need to do in order to improve it. Teachers plan well to ensure that the learning needs of all pupils are met. In the less effective lessons, pace and challenge are not always sufficient to maintain pupils' involvement and they are not encouraged sufficiently to be independent learners. Classrooms are visually stimulating and help to create a positive atmosphere where learning is exciting. The school makes very good use of the skills and expertise of additional teaching and support staff. They work intensively and very effectively with identified groups of pupils with particular needs.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2

The school provides a good curriculum. Since the last inspection, weaknesses in subjects such as information and communication technology have been successfully addressed. Music is a particular strength. The Foundation Stage curriculum strikes the right balance between independent and adult led activities, ensuring children make a satisfactory beginning at school. Throughout the school, a good personal, social and health education programme promotes pupils' positive attitudes. Pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities and those who are gifted and talented are catered for well by the curriculum. Themed events, such as 'History Week', successfully bring the curriculum alive by fostering excitement, independence and creativity. Numerous initiatives to promote active lifestyles, combined with a wealth of very popular clubs, enable pupils to develop a sound understanding of how to stay healthy. Pupils appreciate the very good range of visits organised by the school and the contribution of visitors in helping to make learning enjoyable.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 2

Care, guidance and support are good. Staff are particularly good at helping pupils who were unsettled in their previous school to thrive at this one because of the good pastoral care and support they provide. As a result the school is a friendly and happy place where all pupils, whatever their ability, gender or ethnic background, are included in all school activities. Pupils stay safe because all the required procedures are in place to ensure their safety and welfare. The school has effective systems to check how well pupils are doing and to identify those who need extra help. Good links with outside agencies help to ensure that those with the greatest needs receive the support they require to progress well in their learning and social development. Pupils have suitably challenging targets to aim for in reading, writing and mathematics. However, some pupils are unclear about the level they are working at and what they need to do to reach the next one. Although the school supports pupils very effectively, there is scope for staff to encourage a small number to become more resourceful and independent.

Leadership and management

Grade: 2

Leadership and management are good. There is a real sense of teamwork and high expectations throughout the school. These factors, along with strong leadership by the headteacher, have brought about marked improvements, for example, in pupils' behaviour, and resulted in the school's good overall effectiveness. The headteacher leads his team well. He, along with the governing body, has a clearly focused vision for the development of the school. There are good procedures in place for day-to-day management. The school's evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses is accurate. The leadership team focuses sharply on the school's key priorities which are always linked to the best interests of the pupils. A more stable staff since the last inspection has meant that key issues such as reviewing the curriculum and raising standards have been successful and pupils achieve well. Nevertheless, the head and staff are not complacent and realise that there is still more to do.

The governors are clear about the school's strengths and weaknesses. They act effectively as 'critical friends'. They are supportive of the drive to raise standards and are challenging in their expectations of what the school can achieve.

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool Overall
Overall effectiveness
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?2
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?2
The quality and standards in the Foundation Stage3
The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation2
The capacity to make any necessary improvements2
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspectionYes
Achievement and standards
How well do learners achieve?2
The standards1 reached by learners3
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners2
How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress2
1 Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?2
The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2
The behaviour of learners2
The attendance of learners3
How well learners enjoy their education2
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices2
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles3
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community3
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being3
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?2
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?2
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?2
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?2
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education2
How effectively performance is monitored, evaluated and improved to meet challenging targets2
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can2
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 2
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
Does this school require special measures?No
Does this school require a notice to improve?No

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

16 February 2007

Dear Children

Heathfield Primary and Nursery school, Scotland Road, Basford, Notts, NG5 1 JU

Thank you for being so polite and friendly to us when we visited your school recently. We enjoyed meeting you and our conversations with you helped us get a really good picture of your school. I am writing to let you know what we found out.

We found that Heathfield Primary is a good school. We saw how your headteacher and the other adults in the school care for you very well. You told us that you feel school is a very friendly place to be, and that you enjoy coming to school. We can see this in the ways in which you very cheerfully take part in the activities which the school puts on for you. We were very impressed that many of you, especially the older children, do so much to help around the school. You are making good progress because your teachers try very hard to help you learn.

We also found some things which the school could develop which would help you make even better progress. We have asked your teachers to make sure that you get more chances to use your writing skills in different subjects, and in as many interesting and exciting ways as possible. We have also asked them to make sure that all your lessons are as good as the best ones.

This means that you can expect lessons which make you think more and write more, but with the teachers' help, we know you will find the work really interesting and that you will benefit in the end.

Thank you once again for being so polite and co-operative. Good luck in the future.

Ron Cohen

Lead Inspector

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website: ofsted.gov.uk.