Foxhills Infant School

Name Foxhills Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 January 2014
Address Foxhills, Colbury, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 7ED
Phone Number 02380292453
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 9%
Pupils with SEN Support 11%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Foxhills is an average-sized infant school. Most pupils attend from the surrounding area. All pupils in the infant school are taught in single-age classes. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals and pupils with a parent in the armed services, is below average. The number of pupils from ethnic minority groups is below average. No pupils are in the very early stages of learning English. There are breakfast and after-school clubs on site run by a private company. There is also a privately run pre-school on site which did not form part of this inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has remained steadily above average since the previous inspection. Since her appointment the new headteacher has rigorously used information about pupils’ performance to highlight accurately areas where attainment could improve further. Teachers have updated their skills in teaching writing and mathematics and as a result teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding. All groups of pupils make good progress. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make particularly good progress because of excellent provision. The school’s values, some of which are to be caring, friendly and hard working, are shared with pupils daily. They underpin the mutual respect and excellent relationships that exist throughout the school. This supports pupils’ learning and development very well. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school, are keen to come and attend very regularly. They are polite and well behaved in lessons and get on very well together at playtimes. They feel very safe and well cared for. Parents fully support this view. The new headteacher’s very strong drive and visionary approach, the reorganisation of some leadership positions and an emphasis on developing all adults are resulting in an effective, well-prepared and ambitious staff team. Since the previous inspection governors have improved their skills significantly. They are now well informed and able to check the school’s work and challenge it to develop further. Excellent partnerships with other schools and agencies, especially the junior school on the site, enhance pupils’ learning particularly well. Provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. It is reinforced by the school’s commitment to teaching thinking skills. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some teachers have not yet developed all the skills they need to help pupils learn more rapidly. In some lessons tasks are not challenging enough so pupils do not make as much progress as they could.