Hill View Primary School

Name Hill View Primary School
Website www.hillview-school.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 February 2014
Address Hill View Crescent, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 1DN
Phone Number 01295251205
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 524 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.1
Academy Sponsor United Learning Trust
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 17.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 27.1%
Persisitent Absence 6.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Hill View Primary is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and pupils with a parent or carer in the armed services) is average. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is below average. A below average number of pupils are at the early stages of English language acquisition. The school has a 40-place nursery and a breakfast club run by the school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics in Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well because teaching is typically good and some is outstanding. Attainment has risen in recent years because : teachers have successfully focused on developing pupils’ skills in English and mathematics. Pupils now make good progress across the school. The headteacher, ably assisted by other school leaders and the governing body, has been highly effective in leading changes that have resulted in improvements in teaching and learning. Rigorous checks on teaching and good use of training and support for individual teachers have improved classroom practice and pupils’ achievement. The strong staff team, led by the headteacher, has the drive and skills to make the school even better. Governance is good because the governing body has a good grasp of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and holds staff accountable for pupils’ achievement. Parents and carers are highly positive about the support their children receive and the continuing improvements at the school. Pupils’ behaviour is good both in lessons and around the school. Pupils are cared for well and feel safe. The school provides pupils with an interesting range of subjects, topics and experiences which ensure they enjoy school. It is not yet an outstanding school because: The proportion of outstanding teaching is not yet high enough. Occasionally the work set is too easy for the more-able pupils or too hard for those who find learning difficult, especially in mathematics. Pupils are not always given opportunities to follow up teachers’ marking to improve their work. Existing plans for staff to share their skills and expertise to enable further improvements in teaching could be further extended.