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Peel Hall Primary School

Peel Hall Primary School
Ashurst Road

0161 4372494

Headteacher: Mr M.D Hallam

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240 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
210 pupils capacity: 113% full

120 boys 50%

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120 girls 50%

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Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 383837, Northing: 387046
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.38, Longitude: -2.2444
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
July 10, 2012
Region › Const. › Ward
North West › Wythenshawe and Sale East › Sharston
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number105468
Local AuthorityManchester
Inspection number287231
Inspection dates19–20 March 2007
Reporting inspectorDiane Auton

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)218
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection19 March 2001
School addressAshurst Road
Wythenshawe, Manchester
Lancashire M22 5AU
Telephone number0161 4372494
Fax number0161 4939032
ChairRev S Herbert
HeadteacherMr Malcolm Hallam


The inspection was carried out by two Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

This average sized primary school is in Wythenshawe, on the outskirts of Manchester, and is situated in an area of socio-economic disadvantage. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds with a small number from other ethnic heritages. A very small proportion do not have English as their first language. The proportion of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is above average. Attainment on entry to the Nursery is below expected levels. A new headteacher was appointed to the school in September 2006.The school holds the Healthy Schools award (Gold), the Active Schools award and the Eco Schools award (Bronze).

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

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

Peel Hall Primary School provides a good education and gives good value for money. Parents strongly agree that their children are well cared for and enabled to make good progress. The new headteacher has created a strong team and has drawn staff and governors together with a strong sense of purpose. Leadership, management and governance are good. The school has made a good start on evaluating the quality of its work but has underestimated some aspects. This is because it recognises there is more to do. The school has improved well since the last inspection and has good capacity to improve further.

Pupils achieve well. Standards are broadly average. This is because pupils are well taught, lessons are interesting and enjoyable, expectations are high and pupils are given good guidance and support and clear learning targets. Standards are lower in mathematics than in English and science and this has been the case for two years. The school has identified, and inspectors agree, that achievement in mathematics is an issue. Pupils' ability to use and apply what they know to solve mathematical problems is insufficiently developed. Further work remains to be done to raise pupils' achievement. Standards in writing have risen considerably throughout the school over the last year and it is clear from pupils' work that they are achieving well. The school's well organised systems for identifying pupils' progress ensure that all pupils, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, vulnerable pupils and those learning English as an additional language, make good progress.

Good provision in the Foundation Stage gets children off to a good start because they are encouraged to be adventurous learners and a good range of stimulating activities is provided for them. However, the Nursery and Reception classes are organised separately and this limits the access of the children in Reception to the outdoor area and also limits sharing learning resources indoors. The school has not as yet addressed bridging the gap between the Foundation Stage and Year 1 so that the small number of pupils who are not ready for more formal learning can continue to access a curriculum more suited to their needs. Consequently, those pupils make slower progress during Key Stage 1.

The interesting curriculum, enhanced by information and communication technology (ICT) and by a good range of extra-curricular activities, fosters pupils' needs and interests well. Pupils have a good awareness of the importance of healthy and safe lifestyles and also a well developed sense of personal responsibility, and these factors prepare them well for the future.The effective care and guidance provided by the school takes into account the pupils' emotional development as well as their learning needs. Pupils' personal development is good. It is tracked as carefully as their progress in learning. High priority is given to providing opportunities for them to have a voice in decision making and to gain self-confidence. The school uses the information it gathers to target support and interventions accurately. This is having a positive impact on raising standards of attainment in the school, through the provision of a supportive and caring school environment.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Develop strategies to help pupils to use and apply what they have learned in mathematics when solving mathematical problems.
  • Develop closer organisational links between Nursery and Reception classes in order to make the children's Foundation Stage experience even richer by sharing resources and by improving the access of the children in the Reception class to the outdoor learning area.
  • Develop closer links between Foundation Stage and Year 1 in order to meet the needs of pupils who are not ready to start more formal learning.

Achievement and standards

Grade: 2

Achievement is good for all groups of pupils, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. From a below average starting point in Nursery, pupils go on to achieve broadly average standards by the end of Year 6. Standards were broadly average in English and science in national tests in 2006 and slightly below average in mathematics. Standards have been lower in mathematics than in the other two subjects for two years. The school has begun to address this issue, but further work remains to be done. Standards are approaching the national average at the end of Year 2, with an increasing number of pupils reaching the higher levels in writing this year as well as in reading and mathematics. Although the trend in the school's results shows a decline from 2005 levels in 2006, the school is likely to meet challenging targets this year and this represents good progress and a return to previous higher standards.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 2

Personal development, including spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is good. Pupils' good understanding of social and moral issues is shown in their good behaviour and politeness and in their care for each other. Good support is given to the few pupils who display challenging behaviour or who have emotional difficulties, and this enables them to be fully included in school. Pupils enjoy their lessons and this is reflected in their attendance, which is in line with national averages. The implementation of a strict code of procedures has brought about improved punctuality, so that pupils do not miss out on important learning at the start of the day. Pupils have a good awareness of personal safety and healthy and fit lifestyles; they eat healthily and have good opportunities for physical exercise while in school. Pupils make a good contribution to the school community, acting as monitors and as active fund-raisers for charity. The school councils and class councils enable pupils to influence decision making. They take on responsibility in many ways, for instance as buddies to younger children and as play leaders. They learn to work both independently and as a team and this, in addition to their satisfactory grounding in basic skills, prepares them well for the future.

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 2

The quality of teaching and learning across the school is good. Good relationships between adults and pupils mean that pupils are secure and relaxed in school. Lesson content is relevant and interesting. As a result of this, pupils pay attention in lessons and work hard towards their targets. Planning caters well for the needs of different groups of learners and is now focusing more sharply on improving the achievement of all groups in mathematics. Pupils are given clear learning objectives in lessons and therefore have a good understanding of the purposes of their work, although occasionally teachers' instructions are not clear, leaving pupils in some doubt about what to do next. Teachers make good use of time and the pace of learning is lively. There are high expectations for pupils to present their work neatly. Teaching assistants are deployed well to help lower-attaining pupils and those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to make good progress in English and mathematics. Teachers use ICT and interactive whiteboards well in lessons to add interest. Good marking helps pupils to understand how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2

The curriculum is good, with significant strengths in making links between subjects and in the range of extra-curricular activities offered. There is a strong emphasis on developing basic skills, especially writing, through other subjects. ICT is used well across subjects and effective provision is made for pupils to develop ICT skills. Pupils learn Spanish in Key Stage 2 and this enhances their enjoyment in learning. The curriculum is planned well to include extension and challenge for the most able pupils. The Foundation Stage curriculum is good, but the separate organisation of the teaching areas means that access to all resources, including the outdoor area, is limited in Reception and this restricts curriculum planning. Curriculum links between the Reception class and Year 1 are not sufficiently developed to provide as well as possible for the needs of those children who start their education from a very low baseline and are not ready for formal learning on entry to Key Stage 1. Visits and visitors to schools and special topic weeks and events enhance learning, and residential opportunities also provide enrichment. Specialist coaches and after-school clubs supplement physical education lessons and promote active lifestyles.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 2

The school cares for its pupils well. Child protection procedures are in place, vulnerable pupils are identified and supported well and the school has satisfactory links with outside agencies. Pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are provided with well designed individual education plans and these are regularly reviewed. The progress of these pupils is tracked carefully and the provision for them is monitored regularly. This good care enables them to make good progress. The school gives good support to parents, helping them to play an active part in their children's learning. Views such as 'I have found the school to be very approachable and understanding' are typical of parents' comments. Appropriate health and safety, child protection and safeguarding procedures are in place. Pupils are guided well to make progress. They understand their learning targets and the targets are reviewed and updated regularly; pupils take their targets seriously and work hard to achieve them. Pupils' academic and personal progress is tracked regularly and the information this gives is taken into account when teachers plan the curriculum and when additional support is allocated.

Leadership and management

Grade: 2

The newly appointed headteacher has made a good start by drawing governors and staff at all levels into the self-evaluation process. Monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning are thorough and are carried out regularly and systematically, with subject leaders playing an active role. The school improvement plan is well structured, with a clear focus on all areas of the school's work and how these contribute to the pupils' personal development and progress. However, it does not refer closely enough to the school's end of key stage targets. Resources are managed well. The governing body is supportive and is able to offer constructive advice to the school, with governors becoming more closely involved with the school's work on a regular basis. The newly created management structure provides for sharing good practice and improved delegation of responsibilities. There is a good range of expertise among the school's middle managers and they are developing their new roles well. This has been evidenced this year in the improvements that have been achieved in writing, as a result of a well planned whole-school initiative.

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?3
The quality and standards in the Foundation Stage2
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 lifestyles2
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community2
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being2
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

Thank you very much for the lovely, warm welcome you gave us when we came to your school this week. As you know, our visit was to see how well the school is doing and how you're all getting along with your learning. We enjoyed chatting to you about your life in school and we appreciated how polite and helpful you were to us. Your school gives you a good education.

The best things about your school are:

  • that the staff take good care of you and help you to do well
  • the good progress you're making, especially in writing!
  • the way you know and understand your learning targets and are working hard towards them-

-the extra activities that you enjoy.

We've asked Mr Hallam and the staff to improve some things, to make your school an even better place to learn:

  • to help you to do better in mathematics by the end of Year 6, especially in problem solving
  • to organise closer links between the Nursery and the Reception class, so that the resources in those classes and in their outdoor area can be shared fully by all the children
  • to build closer links between the Reception class and Year 1, to make the transition to Year 1 easier and to meet all the children's learning needs.

You can help by continuing to work hard and by keeping up your good efforts to get to school on time in the mornings, so that you don't miss any of the guided reading lessons at the start of the day - it's really important for you!

With our very best wishes to you all,

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:

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