Hanwell Fields Community School

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Hanwell Fields Community School


Name Hanwell Fields Community School
Website www.hanwellfieldscommunityschool.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 July 2019
Address Rotary Way, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 1ER
Phone Number 01295709583
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 438 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Academy Sponsor United Learning Trust
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 13%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11%
Persisitent Absence 4.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The school converted to become an academy in March 2013. The academy is a member of United Learning Trust. The local governing body oversees the running of the school on behalf of the board of trustees, which ultimately governs the school. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is below the national average. The school deprivation index is below the national average. The school roll has increased significantly in the previous three years. This is because : the school has expanded from a one-and-a-half-form to a two-form entry school. In September 2019, for the first time, there will be two classes in every year group.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher leads a caring, inclusive school, where staff, governors and leaders are equally ambitious for all pupils to achieve highly. Governors and representatives from the trust use their expertise well to offer support and hold senior leaders to account for every aspect of the school’s work. Over the past year, pupils’ progress in English and mathematics in key stage 2 has improved and the proportion of pupils attaining the expected standard in writing and mathematics is now above the national average. Subject leaders have crafted a vibrant and enticing curriculum that offers pupils opportunities to enjoy their learning in a wide range of subjects. This has contributed to the good progress that pupils make. The quality of teaching is good. However, on occasion, the most able pupils are not provided with sufficient opportunities to develop their creative ideas more independently. Leaders have placed pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development at the core of the school’s work. Pupils are very well prepared for their future lives in modern Britain. Close partnerships with parents and carers contribute to the school’s strong community feel. Most parents praise the school’s work. The early years provision is safe and stimulating. Staff ensure that children grow in confidence and make good progress. Children are prepared well for Year 1. Leaders ensure that the care and welfare of pupils are paramount. This results in a harmonious school community. Pupils behave well, feel safe and are valued as individuals. Leaders use additional funding effectively to ensure that disadvantaged pupils make good progress. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported through a highly personalised programme to ensure that their needs are well met. While the teaching of reading has improved, pupils’ comprehension skills are not developed well enough across the wider curriculum. Safeguarding arrangements are effective. Pupils told inspectors that they feel very safe at school.