Greenfield Primary School

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About Greenfield Primary School

Name Greenfield Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Andrew Ralph
Address Cherry Tree Street, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 9RG
Phone Number 01226743468
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 302
Local Authority Barnsley
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Greenfield Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

This is an inclusive school at the heart of the local community. Relationships between staff, pupils, parents and carers are strong. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school.

They say that staff listen, act on any concerns and that their children are happy.

There are three big rules: 'be ready, be respectful and be safe'. Pupils' behaviour is positive, because everyone understands leaders' expectations of how pupils should behave.

Pupils are keen to earn reward points to achieve certificates. They say that adults are fair. Adults remind pupils about their beh...aviour through the 'Tweak of the Week'.

Pupils earn stickers depending on the weekly behaviour theme. There is plenty for pupils to do at breaktimes and lunchtimes. Pupils feel happy and safe.

Bullying occasionally happens, but adults quickly resolve it.

Leaders offer a wide range of clubs. They are well attended.

These include art, forest school and football. During the inspection, in the science club, pupils were experimenting with chromatography. 'Well-being Warriors' organise school events.

For example, 'Greenfield's Got Talent' and other events help to raise money for school projects.

Leaders plan experiences for all pupils. Residential visits happen across key stage 2.

A range of educational visits take place, such as going to the theatre. The recently re-formed parent and teacher association (PTA) offers community events, such as movie night. All the funds raised will support more experiences for all pupils.

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

Leaders have created an ambitious, broad curriculum, from early years to Year 6. In January, leaders introduced a new two-year curriculum model in most subjects. The new model sets out clearly the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that staff want pupils to know.

These changes coincided with alterations to year group organisation. Leaders and governors identified that their class structure hindered progress for some pupils. The lack of clarity and progression in these old curriculum plans means that some pupils struggle to remember and make connections to prior learning.

Leaders are prioritising pupils' oracy. From early years, staff are starting to model new vocabulary that they want pupils to know. Teachers check that pupils understand and use essential vocabulary.

For example, in geography, Year 5 pupils could remember physical and human features of South America. Pupils enjoy their new curriculum as they repeat important information. They like the repetition, saying that it 'gets stuck in our heads'.

However, when recalling the previous curriculum, connections to prior learning were not as strong.

Many subject leaders are new to role. They are in the early stages of checking that their curriculum subject is being implemented.

In some foundation subjects, leaders are still deciding the best way to check what pupils remember over time. In mathematics, pupils and staff value the toolkits. Toolkits are a quick way of checking and revisiting different areas of mathematics.

Adults use the clearly defined vocabulary to develop pupils' understanding. For example, in Reception and Year 1, teachers modelled vocabulary such as 'equal' and 'add' effectively. Subject leaders appreciate the support brokered by the local authority.

This helps them to develop their role to become more effective leaders. Leaders know that pupils' presentation of work needs to improve. Leaders have a policy, but this is not consistently followed or modelled by staff.

This means that pupils do not always produce high-quality written work.

Reading is a strength of the school. Leaders have trained all staff in how to teach early reading.

Staff value the extra support from the reading leader. Teachers quickly identify pupils who need extra help. These pupils receive effective support.

Teachers make sure that the books that pupils read match the sounds that they know. This helps pupils to become more fluent readers. Older pupils love reading.

There is a range of fiction and non-fiction books for all reading abilities. Pupil reading leaders reward weekly reading. Winners earn a certificate and praise in assembly – along with a celebratory biscuit!

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are making strong progress.

Leaders place an emphasis on early identification of need. They work well with a range of agencies. Leaders support staff to adapt the curriculum into smaller steps.

Staff use support plans to check that pupils have the right help to be successful.

Visits and visitors enhance Greenfield's curriculum. Pupils remember these events, such as visits to a local museum.

The impressive school grounds help them to care for their environment. Nursery children enjoy their time in the school's forest, finding mini-beasts and playing between the trees. Older pupils are active in their local community.

Each year, they link with a local nursing home, singing for residents. Pupils know about different faiths and cultures. They respect others.

However, they do not know the correct vocabulary to talk confidently about other religions and cultures.

Staff are proud to work at the school. The recent changes to the curriculum help to reduce their workload.

They value coaching opportunities. Staff work well together as a team. Governors and leaders have a clear vision to continue with these recent changes.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have embedded a strong culture of safeguarding across the school. The safeguarding team knows their families well.

Leaders work with external agencies effectively to ensure that pupils receive the support they need. This offer extends to parents and carers. The safeguarding team helps to run a successful parenting course.

Safeguarding is at the heart of induction processes for new staff. Detailed checks are in place. All staff are well trained to spot any concerns.

Records identify concerns and support for pupils.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe, for example when crossing the busy road outside school. They know not to share personal information with others.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Foundation subject leaders have not had sufficient time to check on the recent alterations to the implementation and impact of their intended curriculum. This means that leaders do not know whether the implementation of the new two-year curriculum programme is having a positive impact on what pupils know and remember. Senior leaders should ensure that subject leaders have the time to make these checks to measure the impact.

• The school's curriculum has been revised and recently implemented, including in the early years. Some teachers are in the early stages of developing new subject knowledge, including teaching new vocabulary. As a result, some teachers do not accurately model the subject-specific vocabulary that pupils need to know.

This means that some pupils struggle to explain their understanding of subject knowledge and concepts. Leaders should ensure that pupils are given sufficient time and opportunities to learn the specific vocabulary in each subject so that it sticks in their long-term memory. ? Leaders have not ensured that there is a consistent, whole-school approach to the teaching of handwriting.

There is variation in how teachers model handwriting, which leads to too much variability in pupils' handwriting. Leaders and teachers need to ensure that the school's handwriting policy is followed and that teachers help pupils to produce neater, more legible work.Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in January 2018.

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