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Hooe Primary School
Hooe Road
Hooe
Plymstock
Plymouth
Devon
PL99RG

01752 *** ***

Headteacher: Mr Jake Daykin Bsc Hons Pgce

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Primary — Community School

URN
113313
Education phase
Primary
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
2691
Close date
Feb. 28, 2013
Reason closed
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OSGB coordinates
Easting: 249836, Northing: 52472
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 50.353, Longitude: -4.1122
Accepting pupils
5—11 years old
Ofsted last inspection
July 9, 2008
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › South West Devon › Plymstock Radford
Area
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status

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Schools nearby

  1. Hooe Primary Academy PL99RG (207 pupils)
  2. 0.6 miles Oreston Community Primary School PL97JY
  3. 0.6 miles Oreston Community Academy PL97JY (314 pupils)
  4. 1.2 mile Pomphlett Primary School PL97ES (199 pupils)
  5. 1.2 mile Plymstock School PL99AZ
  6. 1.2 mile Plymstock School PL99AZ (1571 pupils)
  7. 1.3 mile Prince Rock Primary School PL49JF (283 pupils)
  8. 1.3 mile Goosewell Primary School PL99HD (625 pupils)
  9. 1.3 mile Prince Rock Junior School PL49JF
  10. 1.3 mile Prince Rock Infant School PL49JF
  11. 1.3 mile Goosewell Infant School PL99HD
  12. 1.3 mile Goosewell Junior School PL99HD
  13. 1.3 mile Tamar Education Trust PL40NN
  14. 1.3 mile Tamar Education Trust C.O. Pws PL40NN
  15. 1.5 mile Coombe Dean School PL98ES
  16. 1.5 mile Coombe Dean School PL98ES (1030 pupils)
  17. 1.6 mile Martin's Gate Pupil Referral Unit PL40AT
  18. 1.6 mile Salisbury Road Junior School PL48QZ
  19. 1.6 mile Salisbury Road Infants' School PL48QZ
  20. 1.6 mile Dunstone Community Primary School PL98TQ (181 pupils)
  21. 1.6 mile Holy Cross Catholic Primary School PL49BE (220 pupils)
  22. 1.6 mile Salisbury Road Primary School PL48QZ (454 pupils)
  23. 1.6 mile A.C.E - Alternative Complementary Education PL40AT (154 pupils)
  24. 1.6 mile Holy Cross Catholic Primary School PL49BE

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Ofsted report transcript

Hooe Primary School

Inspection report

113313Unique Reference Number
Plymouth [113313]Local Authority
311202Inspection number
910 July 2008Inspection dates
Laurie LewinReporting inspector

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

PrimaryType of school
CommunitySchool category
411Age range of pupils
MixedGender of pupils

Number on roll

255School
The governing bodyAppropriate authority
Barbara SmithChair
Jake DaykinHeadteacher
1 July 2004Date of previous school inspection
Hooe RoadSchool address
Hooe
Plymstock
Plymouth
PL9 9RG
01752 402042Telephone number
01752 481628Fax number

4-11Age group
910 July 2008Inspection dates
311202Inspection number

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© Crown copyright 2008
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This document may be reproduced in whole or in part for non-commercial educational purposes, provided that
the information quoted is reproduced without adaptation and the source and date of publication are stated.
Further copies of this report are obtainable from the school. Under the Education Act 2005, the school must
provide a copy of this report free of charge to certain categories of people. A charge not exceeding the full cost
of reproduction may be made for any other copies supplied.

Inspection Report: Hooe Primary School, 910 July 2008

Introduction

The inspection was carried out by three Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

This is a slightly larger than average size school. Nearly all pupils are White British, with a small
number coming from a mixture of other cultural backgrounds. The socio-economic background
of the pupils varies, but is broadly average overall. The proportion of pupils with learning
difficulties and/or disabilities is similar to that found in most other schools nationally. However,
this proportion has been increasing in recent times.

Key for inspection grades

OutstandingGrade 1
GoodGrade 2
SatisfactoryGrade 3
InadequateGrade 4

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Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

This is a good school in which pupils achieve well. It has some outstanding features. Very
effective leadership by the headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher and senior
leadership team, has enabled the school to make good progress since its last inspection. Staff
are very enthusiastic and strongly committed to finding all possible ways of continually refining
and improving their work. They work very well together as a team. Their involvement in areas
such as action research and initial teacher training does much to enhance their teaching and
leadership skills. Children get off to a really good start in the Foundation Stage due to the
outstanding provision. They make good and sometimes excellent progress so that from a low
starting point they reach average standards by the time they start Year 1. Across the rest of
the school, good and sometimes excellent teaching results in all pupils, including those with
learning difficulties and/or disabilities making good progress. By the end of Year 6, standards
are above average in English and science and well above average in mathematics. Excellent
leadership by the subject coordinator has resulted in particularly good improvement in
mathematics standards. Although standards in writing are above average, it remains the weaker
strand of work. Staff rightly recognise that pupils' spelling is not as good as it could be and
that this sometimes inhibits pupils' confidence to write fluently. Pupils' information and
communication technology (ICT) skills are outstanding. By Year 6, they are involved in a range
of exciting and sophisticated work, for example designing and producing high quality cartoon
sequences, podcasts, blogs and multimedia presentations. Teachers and teaching assistants
establish excellent relationships with the pupils so that pupils become confident and motivated
learners. Teaching assistants do an excellent job of supporting the teachers and pupils. The
high quality curriculum incorporates a wide range of interesting activities and opportunities to
extend pupils' English, mathematics and ICT skills in all subjects. It gives a very strong boost
to pupils' personal development so that pupils acquire an excellent understanding of how to
stay safe and become fit and healthy. Pupils enjoy all aspects of school life and their attendance
is excellent. The excellent work of the school council and wide ranging participation in charity
fund raising are examples of pupils' high level of involvement in contributing to the immediate
and wider community. They are very well prepared to progress in the future. The excellent
pastoral care by staff results in pupils showing outstanding personal development. Pupils'
behaviour is exemplary and they show an enthusiastic approach to school life. In the main,
good and sometimes very good academic support and guidance strongly underpin pupils' good

achievement. However, although there are good examples of teachers setting clear individualised

targets to aid pupils' progress in writing, in some classes pupils are not clear about the targets
set to help them improve in this area of their work. Good leadership and management ensure
that the staff and governors have a clear understanding of what works well and where
improvement is needed. The school's clear plans for the future alongside its good track record
of recent improvement show that there is a strong capacity for it to continue improving in the
future.

Effectiveness of the Foundation Stage

Grade: 1

The attainment of children starting school varies from year to year, but is usually below the

expected levels and is well below the expected levels in communication, language and literature,

in personal, social and emotional development and in physical development. Parents and children

are given excellent support prior to and during the phase when children start school in the

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Foundation Stage class. As a result, all individuals settle very quickly and thoroughly enjoy all
of the activities provided for them. Staff work together as a strong team ensuring that all
individuals are fully supported and encouraged. They are particularly good at interacting with
the children to promote and encourage good quality speaking and listening. The teacher plans
exciting activities to ensure that all children gain a strong sense of fun in learning. For example,
children responded very well to a session in which they had the chance to look at and discuss
how they would make a spacecraft. The enthusiasm generated meant that they were able to
sustain their concentration for a long period of time. Excellent leadership and management

ensure that a clear focus is kept on accelerating progress in areas where children show particular

weaknesses when they start school. Excellent teaching ensures that while children make good

progress and acquire a very wide range of understanding in most areas of learning, their progress

in their emotional development, writing, knowledge and understanding of the world and physical

development is outstanding.

What the school should do to improve further


  • Improve writing by:

  • putting greater emphasis on developing pupils' spelling skills

  • ensuring that in all classes pupils have a clear understanding of the targets set for them in
    this area.

Achievement and standards

Grade: 2

Pupils progress well across the school and reach above average standards by the time they
leave. The school's results over recent years show some fluctuations. However, analysis of the
school's comprehensive performance data shows that any fluctuations or dips in standards
correlate closely to fluctuations in the proportions of pupils with learning difficulties and/or
disabilities in different year groups. The school is highly alert to any such changes in test results
and takes good quality action to boost achievement where necessary. For example, as a result
of the school's upgrade in mathematics resources to aid learning, and the very effective work
by teachers to develop clear mathematics targets for pupils, standards are now well above
average and pupils make outstanding progress in this subject. Staff are now keen to adopt a

similar approach in working to improve pupils' writing, where, although above average, standards

are weaker than in other subjects. Staff have righty isolated weaknesses in pupils' spelling as
an area that is preventing pupils from writing as confidently and fluently as possible.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 1

Pupils' personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development,
is outstanding. The school has placed a high priority on improving pupils' behaviour over the

last few years. As a result, pupils in all classes show excellent behaviour and become thoughtful,

reflective and mature individuals by the time they reach Year 6. Activities, such as acting as
peer mentors, helping younger pupils in the playground and efficiently carrying out a range of
responsibilities they are given, help pupils develop very high quality social skills. The excellent
involvement in areas such as the work of the school council and charity fund raising provides
top quality involvement in contributing to the immediate and wider community. The school
does much to enrich pupils' knowledge of everyday working life, and alongside the good
academic skills they acquire, this means that all individuals are fully prepared to ensure they

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progress well in the future. Pupils spoken to showed much faith in and appreciation of the staff
who work with them. They have no qualms about seeking help from adults if the need arises.
Pupils are very happy to be in school, which goes a long way towards explaining their excellent
attendance record.

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 2

Excellent teaching in the Foundation Stage ensures that all children gain a fully confident
approach to learning when they start school. Through the really good relationships that staff

build with pupils, the confidence and enthusiasm acquired in the Foundation Stage are sustained

throughout the school. Teachers' planning for lessons is thorough. Activities are planned that
match pupils' interests as closely as possible and, in most lessons seen, as well as working hard,
pupils gained much enjoyment from the activities provided. In the main, teachers are also very

good at providing a range of activities that ensure that pupils of all ability levels are successfully

challenged by the work they do. Very occasionally, whole-class teaching sessions are too long
and do not cater for the needs of different groups of pupils in a sustained way  at these times
the pace of learning slows. Teachers make excellent use of resources for learning, such as the
interactive whiteboards to help present ideas in a colourful, clear and interesting way.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1

The school works hard to ensure that the curriculum is adapted as far as possible to suit the
needs of the pupils at the same time as providing a broad and interesting coverage for all
subject areas. Teachers make excellent use of ICT to enhance pupils' learning. A wide range of
trips and visitors coming into school enrich pupils' learning further. Personal, social and health
education programmes are carefully interwoven with the overall curriculum planning. This
provides a very strong boost to pupils' personal development. From the Foundation Stage
upwards, staff do an excellent job of enabling pupils to gain a really broad range of skills,
knowledge and understanding beyond the confines of the prescribed curriculum. The school
makes excellent use of its links with outside experts and partner organisations to enhance
pupils' learning in a wide range of activities both during the school day and as part of its
extra-curricular activities programme.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 2

'The school has a really friendly atmosphere' '… the school creates an atmosphere in which all
pupils can reach their full potential' '…the school is really good at encouraging children to gain
a clear understanding of living in a healthy way.' These are just a few of the many comments
received showing that parents believe their children are very well looked after. They are right.
Staff know the pupils very well and cater sensitively for the needs of all individuals. Teachers

and teaching assistants work very well together to ensure that high quality relationships flourish

throughout the school and that all individuals are fully encouraged to do their best. The school
is vigilant in ensuring that all procedures to ensure pupils' safety are fully in place. The school
has done some very good work in establishing robust procedures for tracking pupils' progress
and using the information to provide good quality support and guidance. However, there

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remains some inconsistency in the quality of targets set to help individuals improve their writing.

In some classes pupils are unclear about what their targets are and what they have to do to
improve their writing.

Leadership and management

Grade: 2

Good leadership and management ensure that this is a school that has a clear vision for its
educational direction. Staff and governors are fully involved in the processes of evaluating
performance and devising action plans for future development. There is a very good working
atmosphere along with strong enthusiasm and commitment amongst staff for the school to
move from strength to strength. Action plans are well focused on the right kind of initiatives
to continue the process of improving standards, and recent strategies, such as those for
mathematics, are clearly very successful in driving change and improvement. Governors carry

out their roles well. They are well informed, actively involved and carefully monitor performance

alongside the staff. The headteacher rightly identifies that the current staffing structure does
not provide as much clarity as it could do to ensure a fully balanced and efficient delegation
of roles and responsibilities for staff.

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

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Inspection judgements

School
Overall

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and
grade 4 inadequate

Overall effectiveness

2

How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated
care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?

Yes

Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last
inspection

1

How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'
well-being?

1The effectiveness of the Foundation Stage
1The capacity to make any necessary improvements

Achievement and standards

2How well do learners achieve?
2

The standards

1

reached by learners

2

How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between

groups of learners

2How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress

Personal development and well-being

1

How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the
learners?

1The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
1The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
1The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
1How well learners enjoy their education
1The attendance of learners
1The behaviour of learners
1The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
1

How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being

The quality of provision

2

How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the
learners' needs?

1

How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs
and interests of learners?

2How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?

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.

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Annex A

Leadership and management

2

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 education

2How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards
2The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
2

How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so
that all learners achieve as well as they can

2

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

Yes

Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government
requirements?

NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?

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Annex A

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection


  • 11 July 2008 Dear Children Inspection of Hooe Primary School, Plymstock PL9 9RG It was
    good fun coming to see you! Thank you for making us so welcome, talking to us and helping
    us during the school's inspection. You will be pleased to know that the school is doing a
    good job. Here are some of the most important parts of the report that I thought you might
    like to know about.

  • You work well in lessons and your achievement as you move through the school is good. This
    helps you to reach above average standards and do very well in maths.

  • Your personal development is excellent. Your behaviour is outstanding and you learn to
    become confident and well mannered as you progress through the school.

  • You have an excellent curriculum and your teachers work hard to make it as interesting as
    possible for you.

  • You told us that your teachers and teaching assistants are doing a good job and we agree
    with you.

  • The excellent provision in the Foundation Stage helps the children there to get off to a great
    start in school.

  • The school has top quality provision to make sure you really do understand how to keep safe
    and healthy.

  • Your headteacher does a tremendous job in helping everyone work together to make the
    school as good as it is and to make sure it keeps on improving. To improve further, I have
    asked staff to help you improve your writing by:

  • putting more emphasis on developing your spelling skills

  • ensuring that in all classes you have a clear understanding about the targets set to help you
    improve your writing. I am sure you will all want to keep working very hard in the areas
    mentioned here to keep your school improving. Thank you again for being so helpful and
    friendly when we came to see you. Yours sincerely Laurie Lewin Lead inspector
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    Annex B
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    Annex B
    11 July 2008
    Dear Children
    Inspection of Hooe Primary School, Plymstock PL9 9RG
    It was good fun coming to see you! Thank you for making us so welcome, talking to
    us and helping us during the school’s inspection. You will be pleased to know that
    the school is doing a good job. Here are some of the most important parts of the
    report that I thought you might like to know about.
  • You work well in lessons and your achievement as you move through the
    school is good. This helps you to reach above average standards and do very
    well in maths.
  • Your personal development is excellent. Your behaviour is outstanding and
    you learn to become confident and well mannered as you progress through
    the school.
  • You have an excellent curriculum and your teachers work hard to make it as
    interesting as possible for you.
  • You told us that your teachers and teaching assistants are doing a good job
    and we agree with you.
  • The excellent provision in the Foundation Stage helps the children there to get
    off to a great start in school.
  • The school has top quality provision to make sure you really do understand
    how to keep safe and healthy.
  • Your headteacher does a tremendous job in helping everyone work together
    to make the school as good as it is and to make sure it keeps on improving.
    To improve further, I have asked staff to help you improve your writing by:
  • putting more emphasis on developing your spelling skills
  • ensuring that in all classes you have a clear understanding about the targets
    set to help you improve your writing.
    I am sure you will all want to keep working very hard in the areas mentioned here to
    keep your school improving. Thank you again for being so helpful and friendly when
    we came to see you.
    Yours sincerely
    Laurie Lewin
    Lead inspector

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