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St Martin's Primary School

St Martin's Primary School
Holly Bush Walk

phone: 01432 273633

headteacher: Mr E K McGilp

school holidays: via Herefordshire council

372 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 89% full

200 boys 54%

≤ 254a74b54c155y276y237y268y189y2810y33

170 girls 46%

≤ 244a84b84c125y166y367y208y129y2510y25

Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 350776, Northing: 238953
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 52.047, Longitude: -2.7192
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Feb. 13, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
West Midlands › Hereford and South Herefordshire › St Martins and Hinton
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Special classes
Has Special Classes
Free school meals %

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26 June 2015
Vickie Walker
St Martin's Primary School
Holly Bush Walk
Dear Mrs Walker

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to St Martin's Primary

Following my visit to your school on 25 June 2015, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection

findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made available to
discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most recent
section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in February 2015. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. At its previous section 5 inspection the
school was also judged to require improvement.

Senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle the areas
requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. Plans are not
sharply focused on rapidly bringing about improvement. The school should take
immediate action to:

 increase the pace of improvement
 ensure parents know the school’s values and expectations
 find ways of working with parents to improve pupils’ attendance
 sharpen the action plan and include attainment targets
 have higher expectations of pupils when marking their work
 ensure pupils know what they need to do to be successful
 ensure all teaching is at least good and take rapid action where it is not
 agree a package of support with the local authority which should result in

rapid improvement in pupils’ progress.

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Ofsted may carry out further monitoring inspections and, where necessary, provide
further support and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.


During the inspection, I held meetings with you, other senior leaders, members of
the governing body and a telephone conversation with a representative of the local
authority, to discuss the actions taken since the last inspection. I undertook a
learning walk with you and spoke to pupils. I evaluated the school’s action plan and
examined pupils’ books. I also analysed current attainment and attendance data
and scrutinised notes of visits made by the local authority.


Some uncertainty exists over the future leadership of the governing body. Although
this has been resolved in the immediate future, leaders will be seeking support to
find a new Chair of Governors in the near future.

Main findings

There have been some changes to the way leadership roles are organised.
Responsibilities, such as monitoring different areas of the action plan, are now
shared out more widely among members of the senior leadership team. However, it
is too early to measure the impact of these changes. A new behaviour policy has
been agreed with staff. Pupils and staff report that it is already making a difference.
Leaders report that improvements to some pupils’ behaviour still need to be made.
The action plan contains all the areas of improvement identified at the last
inspection, apart from ensuring that parents clearly understand the school’s values
and expectations. You have already taken some action on some aspects of the plan,
such as re-organising the support teaching to ensure pupils do not miss out on other
learning. However, the plan is not sufficiently focussed on improving pupils’
attainment, so that it is at least in line with the national proportions of pupils who
attain the expected levels at the end of Years 2 and 6. Staff responsible for leading
improvements are not identified on the action plan. There is a lack of sharp detail
needed to bring about rapid improvements. For example, the strategy to develop the
quality of teaching only refers to teachers’ understanding of this and does not
identify how this understanding will be developed. The local authority identified
weaknesses in the action plan in early May 2015, but leaders have not made
sufficient improvements to it since then. You explained that teaching is improving,
but there are still a number of teaching improvements to be made.

The school’s own assessment information for the current Year 2 pupils, suggests a

mixed picture of attainment this year. The proportion of Year 2 pupils reaching the
expected level in reading and writing has declined and remains well below the 2014
national average. The proportion of Year 2 pupils reaching the expected level in
mathematics has increased significantly this year, but still remains below the 2014
national average. No other confirmed 2015 assessment information was available at
the time of this inspection visit.
Some improvements in pupils’ progress in mathematics and writing and the feedback
provided by teachers was evident in books. However, teachers do not yet have high
enough expectations of pupils. Mathematics and writing books showed that some
corrections had not been completed and some improvements contained punctuation
errors which had not been identified. A piece of writing which contained unidentified
spelling mistakes had been marked as ‘excellent work’. Targets or assessment
information were not seen in pupils’ books. Teachers need to ensure that pupils are
aware of how they can be successful, especially when writing.

Pupils’ current attendance is below the attendance rate at the school in 2013-2014.

Leaders explained that a chickenpox outbreak earlier this year has had an impact on
the current attendance rate. It is important that leaders find a way of working with

parents to improve pupil’s attendance, which has been below the national average

for at least the last three years.
A review of governance was undertaken before the last inspection. Governors have a
detailed knowledge and understanding of the school, but the future leadership of the
Governing Body is uncertain. The current Chair of Governors is planning to step
down, but at present, no other governors have come forward to take on this
important role.

External support

The school has received two visits from a local authority school improvement
advisor, had two meetings with a National Leader of Education and attended
suggested training. Not all support suggested by the local authority has been
accepted and you feel that not all arranged support has been useful. Additional
external help, such as supporting the teaching of reading and writing, has been used
but it is too early to measure the impact of this. The notes of visits from the local
authority correctly state that there is insufficient evidence that the school is starting
to make rapid progress towards securing a judgement of good or better at its next
full Ofsted inspection.
The support offered by the local authority for the school since the last inspection has
been clear and appropriate. The impact of this support so far is limited, as the school
has chosen not to accept all of it. It is essential that the school and local authority
can urgently agree on a package of support that should result in the rapid
improvement in pupils’ progress.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Herefordshire.

Yours sincerely
Stuart Bellworthy

Her Majesty’s Inspector

cc. Appropriate authority - Chair of the Governing Body/Interim Executive Board
cc. Local authority

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