Halfway Nursery Infant School

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About Halfway Nursery Infant School


Name Halfway Nursery Infant School
Website http://www.halfwaynurseryinfantschool.org
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Debbie Shepherd
Address Station Road, Halfway, Sheffield, S20 3GU
Phone Number 01142482360
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 198
Local Authority Sheffield
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Outcome

Halfway Nursery Infant School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy at Halfway Nursery Infant School.

They trust the adults in school to take care of them. Relationships between staff and pupils across the school are caring and respectful. Pupils are safe in this nurturing environment.

The school has high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Most pupils achieve well. Teachers engage pupils' interest in the curriculum.

Right from the early years, children are friendly and chatty. They are enthusiastic about school and enjoy talking about their learnin...g. Pupils enjoy attending clubs, including ballet and coding.

Pupils behave well. They meet the school's high expectations for behaviour. From the start of Nursery, children know and follow the golden rules.

Pupils value the rewards that they receive, including 'star of the day' and 'learner of the week'. They wear their completed sticker badges with pride. Pupils are motivated in lessons and have positive attitudes to learning.

Pupils are considerate of the needs of others. They are kind, caring and treat everyone with respect. Pupils are clear that everybody is welcome at their school.

They recognise difference and talk about why it is important to treat everyone equally. One pupil said, 'Everyone is special – how we look is what makes us special.'

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

Since the last inspection, the school has successfully redesigned the curriculum to ensure it is ambitious for all pupils.

The aim of the curriculum is to give all pupils, including those with SEND, the knowledge and skills needed to access the next stage of their education. The changes to the curriculum are beginning to have a positive impact. Staff welcome these changes.

Subject leaders value the time and resources they receive to carry out their responsibilities effectively. Senior leaders support them well to manage their workload. However, these changes are at an early stage of development.

The school recognises that the curriculum needs to be embedded further to ensure that pupils moving through the school continue to receive a high-quality education.The school has clearly identified the important knowledge that pupils will learn, starting from Nursery. Vocabulary is a priority area.

Teachers make sure that pupils practise their knowledge before moving on to new learning. The school identifies the additional needs of pupils with SEND accurately. Staff act on advice from other professionals and make effective adaptations to the delivery of the curriculum.

This helps pupils with SEND to access the same curriculum as their peers and achieve well. Ongoing training and development ensure that teachers are developing the subject knowledge that they need to teach the curriculum consistently well.

The school has successfully introduced a new phonics scheme.

As a result, the teaching of reading has greatly improved. Staff have been well trained to teach the programme consistently. They identify pupils who need additional support quickly.

Pupils receive daily support to practise reading. Books are well matched to pupils' knowledge. Pupils read accurately using the sounds that they know.

As a result of the improvements, more pupils are better placed to achieve the expected standard in phonics at the end of Year 1. Pupils love reading. They look forward to hearing teachers read to them at the end of every day.

Additional reading events, including the 'secret story teller', ignite pupils' interest in reading from an early age.

The school recognises the importance of laying strong foundations in the early years. Children in the early years get off to a strong start.

New starters settle quickly into the well-established routines. Children are safe and comfortable in the highly stimulating environment. There is a sharp focus on children's language development and early mathematics.

Children are independent. They are resilient and persevere with challenging activities. For example, one child showed determination when digging for worms for other children to explore.

The school has worked hard to improve pupils' attendance. Leaders analyse and track absence thoroughly. They have put in place a range of strategies to address the high number of pupils who are persistently absent.

This has been successful. Attendance has improved greatly. Pupils are enthusiastic about the school's offer to broaden their development.

They benefit from regular opportunities to take part in sporting events with the local family of schools. Educational visits broaden pupils' knowledge of the local area. Pupils know how to stay safe online and where to seek help if they need it.

Governors understand the school's strengths and areas for improvement. They have ensured that the recent changes to leadership have been managed well. Staff and parents and carers comment on the 'family feel' of this school.

Staff are very much part of a caring team and are proud and happy to work here. They are valued and listened to. When changes are made, they are made with the best interests of pupils in mind.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The school has recently made appropriate and significant changes to improve the curriculum. However, these changes are not fully embedded across the school.

Therefore, it is too early to see fully the impact of these changes. The school should continue to provide training and development for staff to ensure that the curriculum continues to be implemented consistently and that all pupils achieve well across the curriculum.

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 first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in March 2019.


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