Hill Farm Academy

Name Hill Farm Academy
Website http://www.hillfarmprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Foster Road, Radford, Coventry, CV6 3BL
Phone Number 02476595455
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 574 (50.2% boys 49.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Academy Sponsor Castle Phoenix Trust
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 21.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 45.1%
Persisitent Absence 15.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 21.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (22 April 2015)
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Information about this school

Hill Farm Primary School became an academy, sponsored by the Castle Phoenix Trust, in September 2013. It is a larger than average-sized primary school. Just over half of the pupils are White British; a tenth are from other White backgrounds and the remaining pupils are from various minority ethnic backgrounds. About a third of the pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils (those supported by the pupil premium, which is additional funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority) is higher than average. The current headteacher joined the school in an interim capacity in September 2012 and was appointed as permanent headteacher in September 2013. Ten teachers have been appointed since September 2014, including the interim deputy headteacher who joined the school at the beginning of the summer term. Two of the four newly qualified teachers who were appointed in September 2014 have subsequently left. Four teachers are on family leave. Children in the early years start in the Nursery class where they attend part time. Reception children attend on a full-time basis. There is a breakfast club which is managed by the governing body and formed part of the inspection. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher is an inspiring leader. She has led key improvements in teaching. These have improved pupils’ achievement because staff share the ambition for all pupils to do well. Governors and trust board members have a good grasp of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and hold it to account for pupils’ achievement. Leaders have dealt quickly and effectively with any ineffective teaching so teaching is now typically good. As a result, pupils make good progress. Teachers ask interesting and challenging questions which develop pupils’ understanding so they succeed in their learning. Exemplary marking provides detailed guidance to help pupils improve their work. Children in the early years are taught and cared for well. They make good progress and are well prepared for Year 1. Pupils behave well. They are polite and well mannered. Pupils enjoy their lessons and work hard. They feel safe and are keen to learn. From starting points below what is typical, pupils reach standards in line with those found nationally in reading and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Pupils at risk of falling behind and those learning English as an additional language are given good individual support so they achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some of the most-able pupils do not reach the higher levels of which they are capable. Standards in writing are not consistently good because in some classes pupils do not write enough in subjects other than literacy. Pupils are not always given enough opportunities to develop skills in art, music, drama and dance. Teachers in new leadership roles are not yet checking teaching and pupils’ progress enough.