|Name||Hamstel Infant School and Nursery|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
|Inspection Date||21 May 2013|
|Address||Hamstel Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 4PQ|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.5|
|Academy Sponsor||Portico Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||30.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||10.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||14.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized infant school. Most of the pupils are White British. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is also above average. An above-average proportion of the pupils are supported by the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils in local authority care, those known to be eligible for free school meals, and those with a parent in the services.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Children have a successful start to school in Nursery and Reception. They make good progress, which continues through Years 1 and 2. Teaching is typically good, and there are some examples of outstanding practice. Teachers and teaching assistants clearly show high expectations for pupils’ learning and behaviour. Teachers set demanding tasks that are well suited to pupils’ abilities and learning needs. Pupils who have specific learning and behavioural needs benefit from good individual guidance and support. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. In some lessons, their attitudes to learning and behaviour are outstanding. Pupils feel safe and very well cared for by staff. The headteacher provides strong leadership and successfully drives improvement. Other key leaders also make a valuable contribution to raising achievement and improving teaching. Pupils enjoy an interesting range of learning activities, and outdoor learning is a particular strength. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Teachers do not always make the most of opportunities to extend pupils’ vocabulary and speaking skills. Marking does not always clearly show pupils how to improve their work. Learning is sometimes directed too much by the teacher, so pupils have insufficient opportunities to plan and organise their own work. Although it has improved recently, attendance is generally below average.