Fox Hill Primary

Name Fox Hill Primary
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 July 2015
Address Keats Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 1AZ
Phone Number 01142313469
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 354 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.7
Academy Sponsor Steel City Schools Partnership
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 41.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.9%
Persisitent Absence 14.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger than average sized primary school. Fox Hill Primary opened as an academy on 1st April 2013. When its predecessor school, Fox Hill Primary School was last inspected by Ofsted it was judged to require improvement overall. The school is now part of Steel City Schools Partnership Academy Trust. The large majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those supported by the pupil premium, is more than double the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The school has specially resourced provision for up to 21 pupils with complex and multiple learning difficulties. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of year 6. Provision in the early years is part time for Nursery children and full time in Reception. The early years has recently been awarded the Charter for Quality, by the local authority. A breakfast club is provided by the school during term time. There have been some changes in leadership and teaching staff since the school opened as an academy. The Principal and deputy principal were appointed when the academy opened. The whole school moved into a new building two months before the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Outstanding leadership at all levels has driven rapid improvement in key areas of the school’s work since it opened as an academy. Excellent leadership of teaching and learning by school leaders, and an engaging curriculum, means that pupils’ good achievement is assured. Expertise and resources within the Academy Trust are used very effectively by the governing body to support the school’s rapid improvement. Governors challenge the school consistently and check its progress incisively. Pupils behave well. Their attitudes to work and enthusiasm for learning are, at times, exemplary. Pupils feel safe in their school and respect its values. Improvement in teaching means that it is consistently good throughout the school. Some teaching is outstanding. Pupils enjoy the variety of lessons and the challenges they bring. Their different abilities are provided for well. Children in the early years make a good start, from generally low starting points. Excellent leadership and exciting learning activities ensure children’s good achievement. Leadership of the integrated resourced provision is very effective. Pupils make good progress from their individual starting points. They are cared for exceptionally well. Progress throughout the school is good. Some pupils make rapid progress in relation to earlier abilities. Standards are average at the end of Year 2 and Year 6, showing an improving trend through the school. Strong relationships with the local authority are maintained. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The feedback given to pupils does not consistently help them to improve their work nor correct their mistakes. Some poor quality handwriting is not challenged sufficiently. Attendance is below average and a few pupils do not arrive on time.