Fig Tree Primary School


Name Fig Tree Primary School
Website http://www.figtreeprimary.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 December 2019
Address 30 Bentinck Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 4AF
Phone Number 01159788152
Type Independent
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Nottingham
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 2.1%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud of their school. They enjoy attending and say, ‘Everyone knows each other well’ and ‘It’s like a family.’ They value ‘learning the Koran, Arabic, English and finding out about Islamic history’.

Pupils behave well around school and in all classes. They say bullying is not an issue. They trust staff to help and sort things out if they have a problem. Pupils play well together in the playground. When it is too wet to go outside, they enjoy playing indoor board games.

The new headteacher has made lots of improvements to ensure that pupils are safe at school. She has ensured that pupils have regular lessons in a wider range of subjects than in the past.

Pupils listen carefully and try hard with their work. Teachers expect pupils to take pride in their work. Pupils do their best to write neatly. Older pupils are very keen to improve so they can get a ‘pen licence’ and write in ink.

Parents and carers are positive about the school. They are pleased with the improvements since the previous inspection. One parent told us: ‘The balance between teaching the national curriculum and Islamic studies is spot on.’

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

The headteacher and staff are totally committed to ensuring that all pupils receive a high-quality education. Since the last inspection, the headteacher has ensured that staff have had training to improve teaching. She has provided detailed planning guidance for teaching reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils are now achieving well in all these areas.

The youngest pupils have daily phonics lessons. They learn to read confidently. They have frequent opportunities to practise reading and writing the sounds they have learned. Pupils in all classes love reading. They say there are ‘plenty of good books’. Teachers are quick to spot pupils who need a little extra help. Pupils who speak English as an additional language are well supported. They soon build confidence and work at the same levels as their classmates.

The standard of pupils’ writing is good. Pupils build systematically on their understanding and skills. For example, in poetry writing, the youngest pupils write simple rhymes and use repetition. Older pupils consolidate this work. They also learn to use similes and metaphors. The oldest pupils learn to write more complex verse patterns and use a wide range of poetic devices. During the inspection, pupils proudly explained to the inspector how to write a stanza.

Pupils in all year groups are developing well as mathematicians. Teachers plan lessons carefully for pupils to extend their knowledge and skills. Teachers ask pupilschallenging questions. Pupils have to think hard and explain their answers to problems.

The Islamic studies programme is well designed. Pupils build on their learning as they move through each year group. Teachers also weave elements of Islamic studies learning into other areas of the curriculum. For example, in art, pupils investigate Islamic geometric patterns.

Leaders have reviewed the curriculum to ensure that pupils have regular lessons in geography, science and history. During the inspection, older pupils were keen to share their learning from their study of the Second World War. They explained the meaning of propaganda and described its use. Pupils spoke about women’s changing roles during the war and the impact of food rationing.

The curriculum includes many other areas of learning, including art, physical education, computing and singing. Leaders are aware that more work is needed to provide teachers with clearer curriculum planning guidance so that pupils’ learning in all subjects is consistently strong.

Pupils’ personal development is at the heart of the school’s work. Islamic studies provide the foundation for the school’s work in spiritual and moral development. Pupils are passionate about equality and not judging people by their appearance or their family background. Pupils understand British values well. Pupils were keen to talk about their recent visit to the historical courts. One pupil described being the judge and sentencing Goldilocks to jail.

Pupils enjoy the after-school clubs, especially football and cricket.

Pupils have positive attitudes to learning. Adults use quotations from the Koran to remind pupils about being resilient. Pupils rise well to the school’s high expectations of behaviour. They like the Taqwa awards for ‘genuine generosity, kindness, respect and honesty’.

The proprietors and governors have ensured that the independent school standards are met. The board are ambitious for pupils’ academic and personal development. They commissioned external advice to improve their effectiveness and they have undertaken training. The governors ensure that there are regular safety reviews, including fire and asbestos risk assessments.

The school is registered for pupils aged five to 11. The school now provides for pupils aged two to five. This is outside its registration.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The safeguarding leader and governors have ensured that the whole team has regular and up-to-date training. Leaders check staff understand how to spot pupils who are at risk.

Staff understand systems well and know what to do if they have a concern about a pupil or the behaviour of an adult in school. Leaders work closely with parents and outside agencies to ensure that pupils and families get the support they need.

Leaders are trained in safer recruitment. They ensure that all necessary checks are carried out before adults work with pupils.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and proprietor)

The school’s curriculum is broad and enriching. It does not currently offer the same quality in all subjects as it does in mathematics and English. Plans for some subjects, such as art and design and history, are not coherently sequenced. There is not enough information for teachers about what the pupils should be taught and when to teach it. This affects the quality of pupils’ work. However, it is clear that leaders are taking successful action to improve the curriculum and to develop staff. . Leaders should ensure that plans for all subjects provide clear guidance about the important knowledge and skills pupils will learn within all year groups. Leaders need to ensure that each year builds on the previous year, and towards a clear end point. Leaders should provide teachers and subject leaders with the training they need to secure strong subject knowledge in all subjects. Leaders should ensure that subject leaders make regular checks to ensure that the curriculum helps pupils to learn and remember more.