Fonthill Primary Academy


Name Fonthill Primary Academy
Website http://www.fonthill.bristol.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2014
Address Ascot Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5SW
Phone Number 01173772550
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 231 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Academy Sponsor Endeavour Academy Trust
Local Authority Bristol City of
Percentage Free School Meals 25.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 36.8%

Information about this school

Fonthill is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportions of pupils supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are above the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding for children in care or for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above the national average. The large majority of pupils are White British who do not speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below the national average. Most of these pupils are of Somalian, Indian or Black African heritage. The number of pupils who join or leave the school at different times throughout the year other than that normally expected is above the national average. The school meets current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher, supported by other school leaders, constantly checks on the quality of teaching and learning. She gives useful guidance, which helps teachers improve their teaching. As a result, teaching is good. Activities are planned well to meet the different abilities of pupils, especially for those who are less able or of average ability. All groups of pupils make good progress across the school, especially in reading and writing. Pupils behave well in school and are generally polite and courteous to each other and to adults in the school. Pupils feel safe in school and say there is little bullying. They report that when this occurs it is dealt with effectively by staff. The school works well to help pupils keep themselves safe. It has robust systems to help protect pupils who may be at risk of harm. The governing body provides a good balance between supporting and challenging senior teachers about the work of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not outstanding because more-able pupils are not always given tasks that stretch them. Features of the best teaching are not shared enough to support other staff in raising the quality of teaching from good to outstanding. Pupils’ progress in mathematics, especially across Key Stage 2, is not as fast as in reading and writing.