Chalford Hill Primary School

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About Chalford Hill Primary School

Name Chalford Hill Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr David Poad
Address Chalford Hill, Stroud, GL6 8LG
Phone Number 01453883123
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 198
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils talk enthusiastically about their school.

They are happy and confident, reflecting the school's values. Pupils know that staff care for them and help them when needed.

Pupils enjoy learning.

However, in subjects other than English and mathematics, pupils do not learn consistently well. The new leadership team has begun to make improvements and recognises there is more to do.

The value of respect is important to the school.

Pupils understand what this means. They get along well with one another. Pupils behave well.

This starts in the early years. Children settle into school routines quickly and work well together.

Pup...ils enjoy outdoor learning and the local area.

They value the opportunities to contribute to school life, such as membership of the school council. Pupils say these roles help them to have a say in how to improve their school. Pupils participate in a range of clubs and activities that develop their talents and interests, such as sports, ethics, art and singing clubs, as well as taking part in school productions.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The new leadership team has a clear vision for all pupils. However, this ambition is not yet fully realised. Leaders have identified what needs to be developed.

They have rightly started with the teaching of reading and mathematics. Curriculums in these subjects build logically and identify the knowledge that pupils need to learn. Leaders have prioritised training in core subjects so that staff have the knowledge they need when teaching phonics and mathematics.

If pupils fall behind, teachers are quick to help them catch up.

The phonics curriculum helps children in Reception Year to get off to a secure start with reading. Children read books that match the sounds that they are learning, which helps them to gain confidence.

Leaders promote a love of reading. As a result, pupils are enthusiastic about books they have enjoyed reading. They talk animatedly about the school reading festival as well as meeting real authors.

As pupils move through the school, they read fluently and accurately.

In mathematics, the curriculum is designed well. This starts in the early years.

Children use mathematical knowledge confidently when playing hopscotch or when describing number patterns. Older pupils build on this. They use mathematical vocabulary well to talk about their learning and can link it to what they have learned before.

Other areas of the curriculum are less developed. Leaders have not yet identified the important knowledge they want pupils to learn. This means that knowledge is not coherent and learning does not build on what pupils already know.

Subject leaders do not check to make sure that the curriculum helps pupils to know more and remember more. Leaders are aware that there are gaps in pupils' knowledge. However, assessment is not used effectively to identify where the gaps are or to inform the next steps in pupils' learning.

Leaders are ambitious for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Leaders make sure staff have the training they need to support pupils with SEND well. Staff work with pupils, and parents and carers, to ensure that plans identify the right steps for pupils.

Teachers make sure that pupils have the resources and help they need to learn well, particularly in core subjects.

Pupils have positive attitudes towards their learning. Children in the early years take turns and listen carefully to one another.

Pupils follow instructions and are keen to learn. When some pupils lose focus, adults often address it quickly.

Leaders provide pupils with a wide range of opportunities for learning beyond the academic.

Pupils learn about diversity and difference. They understand why it is important to consider opinions that may be different to their own. Pupils learn to treat everyone equally.

They are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

Governors share leaders' vision for the school. However, they do not yet effectively hold leaders to account for their actions.

As a result, there has been insufficient focus on checking the impact of the curriculum. Staff appreciate the support they receive from leaders, particularly with regards to their well-being and workload.

Parents and carers are positive about the school.

Most say that they would recommend the school to other parents.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders provide regular safeguarding training for staff.

Staff know how to recognise and report concerns. Leaders work with external agencies to help support vulnerable pupils and their families with getting the help they need.

Pupils learn how to stay safe, including online and outside of school.

They understand that it is ok to say 'no'. They say there are trusted adults to talk to in school.

Leaders carry out checks on the suitability of staff to work with pupils.

While some gaps in safeguarding information were amended during the inspection, important information is not always well maintained or checked effectively.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The wider curriculum does not yet identify the knowledge that leaders want pupils to learn in all foundation subjects. This means that teachers are not clear about the knowledge they need pupils to secure.

Leaders need to ensure that the essential knowledge they want pupils to learn is clearly and coherently identified so that pupils learn more and remember more. ? Subject leadership is underdeveloped. Leaders do not have a secure understanding of how well their curriculum areas are implemented.

Assessment is not used effectively to check on the impact of the wider curriculum. Leaders at all levels need to ensure the curriculum is leading to improvements to pupils' learning so that they know more, remember more and can do more over time. ? Leaders, including those responsible for governance, do not always have accurate oversight of the effectiveness of the school.

Important information, such as behaviour and recruitment information, is not always coherent, or has gaps. The impact of leaders' actions is not probed effectively by governors. Leaders should ensure that important information is thorough, and that governors have greater oversight of the impact of leaders' actions.

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