Hillesley Church of England Primary School

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About Hillesley Church of England Primary School

Name Hillesley Church of England Primary School
Website http://www.hillesleyprimary.com/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Lucy Chandler
Address Kilcot Road, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7RH
Phone Number 01453843551
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 36
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Hillesley Church of England Primary School sits firmly and deeply within its community. The school works effectively to ensure that pupils learn to contribute to, and draw from, their community.

Pupils are rightly proud of their school.

The school helps pupils to achieve well and to be fully prepared for their futures. Pupils benefit from the detailed understanding that staff have of each of them as learners and as growing young people. Staff value the cohesive culture through which they are supported to develop their expertise.

Parents are appreciative of the hard work that staff put in to provide high-quality learning both within and beyond school.

...>Pupils are happy and settled here. They feel safe and well cared for.

Pupils respond positively to adults and try their best during lessons. During social times, pupils play kindly together and look out for one another. All pupils enjoy the variety of clubs and trips that extend and enrich their learning.

The school vision, 'growing together in learning and in life', embodies the sense of unity that permeates this small school.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

This is a highly inclusive place to learn. The school ensures that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have the support they need to be successful.

Staff's careful identification of needs means pupils are well supported to achieve. Guidance and advice from external agencies are sought when required.

From the start, in Reception, the school encourages and inspires pupils to read widely and often.

As a result, pupils enjoy reading. They confidently discuss previous books they have read. Those who need extra help to learn to read receive frequent support from skilled staff.

This helps pupils to gain the confidence they need to catch up. Pupils look forward to the daily class story and their turn to read to the school dog, Ethel.

The school knows what it does well and what could still be improved.

Recent improvements to the outdoor environment in Reception are already enhancing learning opportunities for the youngest children, such as by supporting a range of experiences for aspects of physical development.

The school has prioritised the development of an organised and detailed curriculum. The curriculum outlines the expected learning for each year group in each subject.

This supports teachers to organise learning for different ages across multi-age classes. Pupils benefit from rich, meaningful and memorable learning experiences. There is a focus on developing vocabulary.

Pupils learn to identify important words in different subjects and what they mean. Consequently, all pupils learn and remember the curriculum well.

The school continues to develop aspects of the writing curriculum.

Sequences of learning in writing, however, are not sufficiently clear. Sometimes, pupils are unsure about how the activity they are completing contributes to the writing end goal.

Governors bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the school.

They provide effective challenge, as well as guidance and support. Governors are determined to ensure that the school continues to go from strength to strength, and they give careful consideration to the well-being of staff.

Core values for life, such as perseverance and respect, pervade the school.

Preparing pupils for their futures is a key part of the curriculum. Pupils develop interests and talents through the diverse range of after-school clubs such as yoga, drama and chess. Outdoor learning among the sheep in the forest school enables pupils to experience and appreciate nature.

The school has high expectations for behaviour, which are consistently applied. Consequently, pupils are polite and, without thinking, are thoughtful and caring towards each other. Parents say how apparent it is to see the values of the school played out each day.

This prepares children well for their next steps in education.

The school is outward-looking. Links with other schools, including inner-city schools with a range of cultures, support pupils to understand the diverse world in which they live.

Pupils look forward to developing their independence and team-building skills during residential visits.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• At times, sequences of learning in writing lack clarity and cohesion.

When this happens, it is not clear how learning is supporting pupils to become better writers. This slows pupils' progress. The school needs to ensure that the writing curriculum is coherently sequenced so that pupils develop the knowledge they need to become fluent, confident young writers.

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