Hillside Academy

Name Hillside Academy
Website http://astreahillside.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 12 June 2019
Address Crags Road, Denaby Main, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 4DX
Phone Number 01709862640
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 65 (42% boys 58% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Academy Sponsor Astrea Academy Trust
Local Authority Doncaster
Percentage Free School Meals 42.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%
Persisitent Absence 25%
Pupils with SEN Support 24.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

This academy is part of the Astea Academy Trust and opened in September 2016. The board of trustees is accountable for the school’s performance. The scheme of delegation is published on the school’s website. This academy is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. The school includes pupils from four out of 17 possible ethnic groups. Most pupils are of White British heritage. There is a higher-than-average proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding at this academy.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The quality of teaching, learning and assessment requires improvement. Despite pupils making better progress recently, there is still a way to go before pupils make up for the lost ground of previous years. Teachers’ expectations, including for the most able pupils, are not high enough. While the quality of teaching is improving, good teaching is not consistently the norm. The progress pupils are making is variable in all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6. In a range of subjects, the progress the most able pupils are making is not good enough. Teachers do not apply the academy’s assessment policy consistently. Pupils’ misconceptions in mathematics and incorrect spellings are not identified quickly enough. Leaders have plans to improve the quality of the wider curriculum, but this has not happened yet. This means there are gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills in many subjects. The curriculum does not prepare pupils well for life in modern Britain. Pupils are not taught enough about different religions. This is limiting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school has the following strengths The principal has improved the quality of teaching so that it is no longer inadequate. He has won the trust and confidence of pupils, staff and most parents. The principal has made an effective start in tackling the underperformance of the past. Senior leaders demonstrate a clear capacity to improve. Apart from outdoors, the quality of teaching in Nursery and Reception is good. The proportion of children reaching a good level of development has continued to rise. Leaders have used additional funding effectively to help them to reduce frequent absence. As a result, pupils’ attendance is improving strongly. Pupils understand the new core values and are proud of them. As a result, pupils’ behaviour and their attitudes to learning have improved markedly. The board of trustees has decisive and strategic plans to further improve the quality of education at the school.