Staple Hill Primary School
Headteacher: Mr Peter Foss-Clark
350 pupils, Mixed
|Unique Reference Number||109018|
|Local Authority||South Gloucestershire|
|Inspection dates||14–15 October 2009|
|Reporting inspector||Mary Harlow HMI|
|Type of school||Primary|
|Age range of pupils||3–11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||371|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Chair||Mr Tim Rawling|
|Headteacher||Mr Peter Foss-Clark|
|Date of previous school inspection||5 December 2006|
|School address||Page Road|
|Bristol BS16 4NE|
|Telephone number||01454 867240|
|Fax number||01454 867241|
|Inspection dates||14–15 October 2009|
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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:
- the progress of different groups, including boys, pupils who speak English as an additional language and Black African pupils
- pupils' achievement in writing.
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|
Overall effectiveness: how good is the school?
The school's capacity for sustained improvement
'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.
Outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils
These are the grades for pupils' outcomes
|Pupils' achievement and the extent to which they enjoy their learning|
Taking into account:
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 safe||2|
|The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles||2|
|The extent to which pupils contribute to the school and wider community||2|
|The extent to which pupils develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being|
Taking into account:
|The extent of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development||2|
1 The grades for attainment and attendance are: 1 is high; 2 is above average; 3 is broadly average; and 4 is low
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 partnerships||2|
|The effectiveness of care, guidance and support||2|
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 carers||2|
|The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting learning and well-being||2|
|The effectiveness with which the school promotes equality of opportunity and tackles discrimination||2|
|The effectiveness of safeguarding procedures||2|
|The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion||2|
|The effectiveness with which the school deploys resources to achieve value for money||2|
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
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.
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 school||29||63||16||35||1||2||0||0|
|The school keeps my child safe||24||52||20||44||2||4||0||0|
|My school informs me about my child's progress||21||46||22||48||2||4||0||0|
|My child is making enough progress at this school||17||37||23||50||2||4||0||0|
|The teaching is good at this school||21||46||20||44||1||2||0||0|
|The school helps me to support my child's learning||11||24||30||65||3||7||1||2|
|The school helps my child to have a healthy lifestyle||17||37||25||54||2||4||0||0|
|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)||16||35||24||52||1||2||1||2|
|The school meets my child's particular needs||20||44||23||50||3||7||0||0|
|The school deals effectively with unacceptable behaviour||17||37||20||44||4||9||2||4|
|The school takes account of my suggestions and concerns||11||24||27||59||1||2||1||2|
|The school is led and managed effectively||17||37||24||52||1||2||3||7|
|Overall, I am happy with my child's experience at this school||30||65||12||26||2||4||0||0|
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%.
|Grade 1||Outstanding||These features are highly effective. An oustanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs.|
|Grade 2||Good||These are very positive features of a school. A school that is good is serving its pupils well.|
|Grade 3||Satisfactory||These features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory school is providing adequately for its pupils.|
|Grade 4||Inadequate||These 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 judgement (percentage of schools)|
|Type of school||Outstanding||Good||Satisfactory||Inadequate|
|Pupil referral |
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.
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 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.
19 October 2009
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.
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!
Mrs M Harlow
Her Majesty's Inspector
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