Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School

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Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School

Name Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 13 February 2020
Address School Lane, Fenstanton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 9JR
Phone Number 01480375055
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Local Authority Cambridgeshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.1%
Persisitent Absence 3.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are experiencing the benefits of some improvements since the previous inspection. The early years provision is of a higher quality and now includes the on-site preschool. Most pupils now have positive attitudes to learning. Pupils told us that they enjoy learning in a range of subjects. A new curriculum is in place. However, pupils are not yet achieving as well as they could, because teaching does not yet build well enough on what pupils have learned before.

Pupils are safe and well cared for. Pupils understand the school’s new behaviour strategies and say they are used well. As a result, pupils now behave well most of the time. Occasionally, pupils drift off task. Bullying is rare. Pupils are confident that adults would normally deal with any behavioural incidents well.

Pupils enjoy coming to school and attend well. They talk confidently about their learning. They work and play well together. They enjoy clubs including those for British Sign Language and bird watching. Pupils are proud to be school councillors and play leaders.

Leaders provide a varied curriculum. Parents and carers learn about this during the well-attended family cafés. Year 6 pupils told us they get helpful information about secondary school.

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

Leaders have prioritised improving pupils’ reading, writing and mathematical skills. At the same time, they have identified what pupils need to learn in other subjects, including geography and music. The reviewed curriculum contains a well-thought-out sequence of skills and knowledge that pupils should learn. However, teaching does not always build on pupils’ prior learning effectively.

Leaders and teachers have taken on board guidance from the school’s recent training in how to teach English and mathematics. New, enthusiastic subject leaders are developing their skills well. Some correctly recognise that they require additional training to further improve their leadership skills. Where weaknesses in leadership have been identified, the headteacher and governors are beginning to take appropriate action.

Teachers do not use what they know about pupils’ previous learning as well as they could to plan and adapt their teaching. As a result, they do not match activities well enough to pupils’ needs and abilities. Leaders are improving the provision for pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Most receive the appropriate support they need, so that they can access the full curriculum.

Reading and phonics are taught well. Pupils’ attainment is beginning to reflect this. Pupils who fall behind receive effective support to catch up. Older pupils talkenthusiastically about the books they read by different authors. They use the skills they have learned to help them tackle challenging books. Younger pupils use their knowledge of phonics to read and spell accurately.

Over time, achievement in writing has been too low in key stages 1 and 2. A well-sequenced writing plan is ensuring that pupils build on their previous learning successfully. This is improving pupils’ skills when writing traditional tales, diary extracts and newspaper reports. Pupils apply their writing skills well in other subjects.

The new mathematics leaders have an accurate view of the quality of education in their subject. They ensure that teachers plan from a coherent curriculum plan. Pupils in key stage 2 learn and remember key mathematical knowledge. However, too many teachers do not use assessment effectively to identify gaps in pupils’ learning.

Some parents have concerns about behaviour. The revised procedures for managing pupils’ behaviour have led to a more settled atmosphere in class and on the playground. Leaders provide regular newsletters and family cafés to improve communication, but a small minority of parents have concerns about pupils’ behaviour and the school’s communication with parents.

The curriculum for pupils’ personal development is effective. Staff provide a range of interesting experiences, including visits, musical performances and sporting activities. Through music and geography, pupils learn to respect different cultures.

Leaders in early years organise the curriculum well. Adults carefully plan and skilfully adapt activities to meet children’s individual needs. Adults show children how to behave well and have good manners. Children respond admirably. They settle into their learning quickly and are keen to learn. Children make a good start to learning and leave well prepared for Year 1.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders take pupils’ safety and well-being seriously. Staff understand the safeguarding procedures. Any concerns are appropriately logged and carefully followed up. Leaders ensure that vulnerable pupils receive appropriate help from staff and external agencies.

Leaders complete the required checks on all adults who work in the school. Governors oversee the safeguarding checks and ensure that all legal requirements are in place.

Staff and governors take part in regular safeguarding training to keep up to date. Staff have been trained in the risks of extremism and criminal exploitation.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe, including how to stay safe online.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Teachers do not implement the curriculum well enough in some subjects because they do not use assessment effectively. Leaders need to ensure that all teachers use their knowledge of what pupils know and understand to inform their teaching. . The curriculum is not delivered well in every subject. Leaders have not checked this well enough. Leaders need to ensure that the curriculum is effectively implemented in all subjects. . Some parents have concerns about pupils’ behaviour and lack of communication. Leaders and governors need to improve communication with all parents to address these concerns.