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Staple Hill Primary School

Staple Hill Primary School
Page Road
Staple Hill

01454 867240

Headteacher: Mr Peter Foss-Clark


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311 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
315 pupils capacity: 99% full

155 boys 50%


155 girls 50%


Last updated: June 19, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 364829, Northing: 175842
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.48, Longitude: -2.5079
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Oct. 14, 2009
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › Filton and Bradley Stoke › Staple Hill
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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Ofsted report: latest issued Oct. 14, 2009.

Staple Hill Primary School

Inspection report

Unique Reference Number109018
Local AuthoritySouth Gloucestershire
Inspection number337197
Inspection dates14–15 October 2009
Reporting inspectorMary Harlow HMI

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 of pupils on the school roll371
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
ChairMr Tim Rawling
HeadteacherMr Peter Foss-Clark
Date of previous school inspection 5 December 2006
School addressPage Road
Staple Hill
Bristol BS16 4NE
Telephone number01454 867240
Fax number01454 867241

Age group3–11
Inspection dates14–15 October 2009
Inspection number337197

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This inspection was carried out by out by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors and two additional inspectors. The inspectors visited 17 lessons and held meetings with staff, governors, parents/carers and pupils. They observed the school's work and looked at a wide range of documentation, including 46 parental questionnaires.

The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the school's work. It looked in detail at the following:

    • Attainment, learning and progress throughout the school, particularly:

- the progress of different groups, including boys, pupils who speak English as an additional language and Black African pupils

- pupils' achievement in writing.

    • The effectiveness of both the monitoring systems implemented by leaders to check the pupils' progress and the strategies to improve standards in writing.

Information about the school

This school is larger than most primary schools and serves a mixed urban community of high mobility. Most pupils come from the surrounding area but a significant number come from the city of Bristol. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage but a quarter of pupils are from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, the largest of which is Black African. An increasing number of pupils come from homes where English is not the first language. The percentage of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average; the majority of these pupils have speech, language and communication problems, moderate learning difficulties or behavioural, emotional and social problems. Many children attend the on-site nursery before starting school. A new headteacher was appointed in September 2008. Work on a new school building is due to start this year.

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

Inspection judgements

Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?


The school's capacity for sustained improvement


Main findings

'Staple Hill is a great place for my child to learn about the world she lives in and the different cultures.' 'It is lively, vibrant and stimulating with a lovely atmosphere.' These are the views of most parents. Inspectors agree.

Staple Hill Primary School provides a good and improving education. It is an inclusive harmonious, community where both pupils and adults want to be. All at the school know the pupils exceptionally well and ensure the school's vision, 'Children to feel cared for in a trusting environment', is a reality, which it is. As a result, most aspects of pupils' personal development are good; their cultural development is outstanding. Monitoring by the headteacher and governors is rigorous. They evaluate the school's work accurately; this is enabling the school to set the right targets to improve. Staff are dedicated and keen to do better. All are ambitious for the future and this demonstrates the school's good capacity to improve.

Most children start school with a lot of catching up to do. They settle into the Nursery and Reception Years extremely well and make good progress. This good progress continues across the school; by the time they leave, pupils attain average standards overall. All groups, regardless of their ethnic background, achieve well, with the exception of boys in writing. Pupils enjoy their learning, and their good attitudes and behaviour are key factors in their good progress. This is because teaching is good and occasionally outstanding. Nevertheless, despite the teachers' good assessment, not all pupils know how to improve their work and some more able pupils are not consistently challenged in all lessons.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Raise standards and achievement in writing by ensuring that:
    • teachers plan tasks using resources and lively texts that inspire boys to write
    • there is a sharper focus on boys' ongoing progress in writing in all subjects other than English
    • more opportunities are created to develop pupils' literacy skills across the curriculum.
  • Make better use of the good assessment procedures by ensuring that:
    • all pupils understand how to improve their work, especially in writing
    • more able pupils are consistently challenged in all subjects
    • the excellent assessment practice established in the school is shared amongst all staff.

Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils


    • Pupils' positive attitudes to learning, good behaviour and hard work mean they make good progress in lessons. They respond enthusiastically to the consistently good or better teaching they receive, try with sustained endeavour to meet the high expectations set by staff and take delight in their accomplishments.
    • Pupils who struggle with aspects of their work make good progress in light of their difficulties because of support that is carefully tailored to their needs. The school's rigorous systems for tracking pupils' progress coupled with good use of data by staff to identify pupils who are falling behind, ensures early, effective interventions to help pupils catch up.
    • Boys' writing is a particular weakness. This is a significant factor in the generally lower rates of progress they make in English than girls. The school is addressing this underachievement successfully through effective learning initiatives such as 'Talk for Writing' and the 'Big Write'. These are yielding improvements; in all lessons observed boys' progress was good.
    • Pupils undertake duties around the school diligently and the older pupils show good levels of care for the younger ones. 'Peer Mentors', 'Super-Playrangers' and the 'Huff n Puff Crew' carry out their responsibilities enthusiastically. Pupils play harmoniously together and, as a pupil reported, 'if there is a problem, it is quickly sorted out'.
    • The school is quite right to be proud of its rich cultural diversity which it celebrates impressively. The uplifting assembly on Diwali is a tribute to the high priority the school places on developing the pupils' understanding of social, moral and global issues. The school's Healthy School and Active Mark Awards are also fitting testaments to the pupils' good appreciation of healthy lifestyles.

These are the grades for pupils' outcomes

Pupils' achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning
Taking into account:
          Pupils' attainment¹
          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 safe2
Pupils' behaviour2
The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community2
The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being
Taking into account:
          Pupils' attendance¹
The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2

1 The grades for attainment and attendance are: 1 is high; 2 is above average; 3 is broadly average; and 4 is low

How effective is the provision?

Positive, caring relationships and excellent management of behaviour characterise all teaching. Teaching assistants play a full part in this and form good partnerships with the teachers and the pupils. Their carefully planned role ensures that pupils with additional needs are fully engaged and challenged appropriately to succeed, which they do.

In the best lessons teaching is lively, often inspiring and moves at a fast pace. Staff challenge the pupils to take the lead in their learning either independently or in groups. As a result, they are highly motivated, kept on their toes and no learning time is lost. Nevertheless, occasionally, a few teachers talk too much and the pace of learning slows.

Accurate assessment is used effectively to target different groups, including boys, pupils who speak English as an additional language and Black African pupils. Increasingly pupils are involved, using the imaginative strategy '2 stars and a wish!' impressively. Marking is detailed. Tracking systems to check the pupils' progress are rigorous and teachers are held accountable appropriately to ensure pupils meet their targets. Nevertheless, despite these good procedures, a small number of pupils do not know what they need to do to improve their work and the bar is not set consistently high enough for more able pupils in all subjects. There are also insufficient interactive resources and lively texts to inspire boys to write.

The curriculum is stimulating and interests the pupils. Classes are very well organised with good quality cross-curricular displays related to projects. Art and music are strong features within the school, greatly enhanced by the creative curriculum on offer on 'Wobbly Wednesdays'. Themed weeks such as 'Active Week' and 'Staple Hill's Got Talent' provide good specialist teaching in design technology, music, physical education and music. The additional provision for gifted and talented pupils is good. This is greatly valued by the pupils and their parents/carers.

There are an extensive range of visitors, visits, clubs and opportunities for learning outdoors. The curriculum promotes cultural awareness exceptionally well which contributes significantly to the pupils' enjoyment at school. However, there are not enough opportunities for pupils to improve their weaker writing skills in all subjects.

The school's commitment to the care, support and guidance of all pupils is at the heart of its philosophy. Pastoral care is a strength in this nurturing family community. Pupils are cared for sensitively. They in turn feel safe and protected. As a younger child said, 'it, the school, is like a fortress; you can't get out!' The breakfast club provides both a calm and structured start to the day with delicious food, much appreciated by those pupils who attend. Monitoring of pupils' attendance is vigilant. Although overall attendance is slightly below the national average, there are good signs it is improving.

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 partnerships2
The effectiveness of care, guidance and support2

How effective are leadership and management?

The new headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher, is providing quietly determined leadership with a strong focus on raising achievement. An infectious team spirit permeates throughout the school; all are ambitious to improve and there is no complacency. Monitoring of teaching and learning by senior leaders is rigorous. Subject leaders execute their role diligently. That said, their involvement in monitoring lessons is not sufficiently developed.

Leaders, including governors, have an accurate picture of the school's strengths and weaknesses and are setting the right targets to make it better. Monitoring by governors is assiduous. Good use is made of their professional knowledge and expertise to evaluate the work of the school to hold it to account.

Needs of all individuals are analysed carefully and appropriate strategies are in place to ensure all groups of pupils progress at a swift pace, particularly boys in writing. Robust steps are taken to safeguard children and there are strong partnerships with parents and agencies. The school reaches out to other communities successfully and has good plans in place to develop this work further.

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 carers2
The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being2
The effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination2
The effectiveness of safeguarding procedures2
The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion2
The effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money2

Early Years Foundation Stage

The children get a good start to their school life and make good progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage. The attractive indoor and outdoor learning environments are carefully organised to give the children the maximum opportunities to develop and progress in all areas of learning.

Although it is still early days, all the young children starting school are settling in remarkably. This is because of exemplary induction procedures, outstanding relationships and good levels of care. Already the children display a good awareness of the daily routines; this is a testament to the good and, on occasions, outstanding teaching they receive.

Nursery children are already happy and confident to move around the indoor and outdoor classrooms; they engage purposefully in play and participate enthusiastically in a variety of appropriately planned child-initiated activities. Adults engage sensitively with the children to support their language and social development. Children in Reception, including those new to the school, play and work well together. They are happy to pursue their own learning interests independently, using the colourful planning boards to record their chosen activities. There is a good emphasis on the teaching of letters and sounds and the manipulation of numbers, coupled with an appropriate balance of whole-class, group and child-initiated activities.

Leadership is good; there is a clear and shared vision for the Early Years Foundation Stage and teamwork is strong. Children with additional needs are appropriately supported and challenging behaviour is managed expertly. Daily observations and focused assessments of children's learning and development are diligently carried out and recorded thoroughly. The 'Learning Diaries' are of a particularly high quality. Nonetheless the collation of this data to show the progress of specific groups is underdeveloped.

Most children start school in the Nursery and Reception with levels well below those expected for their age. Scrutiny of assessment information shows that by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, children make good progress in all aspects of learning from their low starting points.

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

Views of parents and carers

Parents' views of the school are overwhelmingly positive. Most parents who responded felt that their children enjoyed school and were kept safe. Other parents noted the approachability of staff. A few parents had concerns about a small minority of pupils' disruptive behaviour but inspectors judge the school to be diligent in dealing with these incidents.

Responses from parents and carers to Ofsted's questionnaire

Ofsted invited all the registered parents and carers of pupils registered at Staple Hill 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 46 completed questionnaires by the end of the on-site inspection. In total, there are 371 pupils registered at the school.

My child enjoys school296316351200
The school keeps my child safe245220442400
My school informs me about my child's progress214622482400
My child is making enough progress at this school173723502400
The teaching is good at this school214620441200
The school helps me to support my child's learning112430653712
The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle173725542400
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)163524521212
The school meets my child's particular needs204423503700
The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour173720444924
The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns112427591212
The school is led and managed effectively173724521237
Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school306512262400

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%.


What inspection judgements mean

Grade 1OutstandingThese features are highly effective. An oustanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs.
Grade 2GoodThese are very positive features of a school. A school that is good is serving its pupils well.
Grade 3SatisfactoryThese features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils.
Grade 4InadequateThese 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 of schools inspected between September 2007 and July 2008

Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)
Type of schoolOutstandingGoodSatisfactoryInadequate
Nursery schools395830
Primary schools1350334
Secondary schools1740349
Sixth forms1843372
Special schools2654182
Pupil referral
All schools1549325

New school inspection arrangements were introduced on 1 September 2009. This means that inspectors now make some additional judgements that were not made previously.

The data in the table above were reported in the Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2007/08.

Percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100. Secondary school figures include those that have sixth forms, and sixth form figures include only the data specifically for sixth form inspection judgements.

Common terminology used by inspectors


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.

Overall effectiveness:

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 school's capacity for sustained improvement.
  • Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils.
  • The quality of teaching.
  • The extent to which the curriculum meets pupils' needs,  including, where relevant, through partnerships.
  • The effectiveness of care, guidance and support.

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.

This letter is provided for the school, parents and
carers to share with their children. It describes Ofsted's
main findings from the inspection of their school.

19 October 2009

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Staple Hill Primary School, Bristol, BS16 4NE

I am writing to say thank you very much for giving us such a warm welcome during our recent visit to Staple Hill Primary School. We were impressed with the way you greeted us so courteously with lovely friendly smiles. We enjoyed talking with you about your work, listening to how you celebrate Diwali, seeing you eat healthy lunches and reading the book written by 'Mathias' Marvels'. You go to a good school. Here are some of the special things that it does well.

    • Your school looks after you well and the adults want to do their best for you.
    • Your behaviour is good; at times it is exemplary. Everyone in the school cares for each other and the older pupils look after the younger ones very well indeed.
    • In the Nursery and Reception, you get off to good start in all aspects of your learning; you make good progress as you move through the school and attain average standards overall by the time you leave.
    • Your teachers plan interesting trips and fun activities which help you to enjoy school. The teaching in the school is good; on occasions it is outstanding.
    • You have a well-developed understanding of moral, social and global issues by the time you leave. You celebrate your different cultural backgrounds superbly.
    • There are lots of visits, which you participate in enthusiastically. You contribute well to the local community and care for those who are less well off than you.
    • You have a committed headteacher, caring adults and dedicated governors at your school. We have asked them to raise standards in writing and ensure the boys achieve as well as the girls. We have also asked them to make sure that you all know how to improve your work.

It was a real privilege to visit Staple Hill Primary School. Continue to work hard and, most importantly, enjoy your learning. Best wishes for the future. We hope that you achieve great things!

Yours faithfully

Mrs M Harlow

Her Majesty's Inspector

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaining about inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 08456 404045, or email

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