Hampstead Parochial School , Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead, London, NW3 6TX
Church of England
Number of Pupils
232 (46.1% boys 53.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher
Percentage Free School Meals
Percentage English is Not First Language
Pupils with SEN Support
Highlights from Latest Inspection
Short inspection of Hampstead Parochial Church of England Primary School
Following my visit to the school on 18 June 2019, I write on behalf of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills to report the inspection findings. The visit was the second short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be good in June 2012. This school continues to be good.
The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Based on the evidence gathered during this short inspection, I am of the opinion that the school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. This may indicate that the school has improved sign...ificantly overall.
Therefore, I am recommending that the school's next inspection be a section 5 inspection. You, your leadership team and governors have developed a culture of high expectations with a strong sense of community. This has resulted in a school where staff are highly motivated, pupils are happy and they achieve exceptionally well.
Parents, carers, pupils and staff all recognise the effectiveness of the leadership you provide. Two typical comments placed on the online survey, Parent View, were that pupils 'are taken care of academically and emotionally' and that you have 'created a nurturing environment for our children to grow and flourish in'. Pupils report that they are proud to come to this school.
They understand the school's values and 'golden rules' which help them to feel safe and to achieve well. Pupils are articulate, polite and well mannered. They listen well and respect other people's ideas.
This means pupils are able to learn effectively from each other. They are encouraged to build on each other's answers and are shown how to disagree in a respectful manner. All the staff who completed Ofsted's survey said they are proud to work at the school.
Staff and pupils show a strong connection with the school's values of 'Friendship, Compassion, Forgiveness, Respect, Responsibility and Koinonia' – which pupils explained as being trusted and encouraged to jointly resolve conflict. You have a clear and accurate understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses. You have supported and developed an effective team of middle and senior leaders.
Leaders and governors are reflective and strategic, detailing both how previous improvements have been made and maintained and their ambitions for the school to continue to improve. Governors are provided with evidence from a range of sources including data and presentations from middle leaders, as well as their regular visits to the school. As a result, their discussions and decisions in meetings are based on a deep understanding of the school.
You have been successful in addressing the recommendations made at the previous inspection. There is evidence in classrooms and in pupils' books of opportunities for pupils to develop their comprehension and reasoning skills in reading and mathematics. This has significantly improved the progress made by all pupils.
Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. The single central record is well maintained.
Recruitment checks on staff are thorough and recorded in line with statutory requirements. Staff training is kept up to date and is effective. You keep meticulous records on child protection issues and work effectively with families and external agencies.
Every parent and member of staff who responded to Ofsted's online questionnaire agreed that children feel safe. Pupils who I spoke with during the inspection were confident that the school keeps them safe at all times. They said that bullying is not an issue at the school but pupils know who they can speak to for help.
Pupils know about how to keep themselves safe, including when online. You provide regular safety lessons to pupils, through personal, health and social education lessons and through visitors to the school. Recent events have included fire safety, online safety and using the London Underground safely.
You and your leaders track pupils who arrive late or who have lower attendance. You work with parents by holding meetings and through initiatives in school such as certificates and assemblies to try and improve attendance and punctuality. You have had some success with this.
Inspection findings ? At the start of the inspection, we agreed key areas where inspection activity would be focused. We agreed that I would explore reading in key stage 2. This is because : it was identified at the time of the last short inspection as a 'next step'.
• The leadership team is reflective, as shown by the changes made following