Hillside Primary School

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About Hillside Primary School

Name Hillside Primary School
Website http://www.hillsideprimary.org.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Karen Schonau
Address Field Avenue, Baddeley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 7AS
Phone Number 01782235350
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238
Local Authority Stoke-on-Trent
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to be part of Hillside Primary School. They are friendly and welcoming and make the school a happy place to learn.

Pupils and staff get on well together. Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe here. If bullying happens, pupils trust adults to resolve it so that it does not happen again.

The rules of 'be kind, be safe and show respect' are evident in all that the pupils do.

Pupils study a broad range of subjects and are interested in what they are learning. The majority achieve well, particularly in mathematics and writing.

Leaders provide a range of leadership opportunities to pupils, including school councillors, science ambass...adors and sports ambassadors. Pupils value this.

Pupils enjoy attending a range of lunchtime and after-school activities, including cookery club and singing stars clubs.

Pupils regularly take part in community events including visits to the local church. They also support charities, including 'Children in Need', and have opportunities to explore potential future roles through the careers fair.

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

Leaders have designed a well-structured and sequenced curriculum, across all subjects, that starts in the early years.

For example, in science pupils enjoy taking part in many useful, and well-considered practical experiments that bring the curriculum to life. Most pupils achieve well in the broad range of subjects they study, particularly in mathematics and writing. However, in some foundation subjects leaders have not always ensured that assessment identifies the small steps pupils should take to be successful, so pupils do not always progress as well as they might.

Reading is at the heart of Hillside Primary School. Pupils enjoy the wide number of reading opportunities that they have from the reading vending machine, mystery readers and the reading bus. Leaders have introduced a new phonics scheme.

This is well embedded. All staff are trained and expertly teach early reading. They make sure that all pupils are being supported to read with confidence and accuracy.

Leaders ensure that pupils have the correct book to match their stage of reading. Pupils read for pleasure, both at school and at home. The pupils are highly motivated by a reading scheme that encourages children to read for pleasure on a regular basis.

Year 6 pupils are proud of their reading roles as librarians and reading ambassadors.

Early years leaders have thought carefully about what children should learn and the order in which it should be delivered to ensure they are ready for the next stage of education. The early years classrooms are well resourced and children have access to a wide variety of activities that are carefully chosen to allow children to develop their vocabulary and their social interactions.

Pupils enjoy coming to school and attendance levels are high. Parents are very positive about the school. Pupils, including those in the early years, behave well.

They demonstrate a good understanding of the school rules. Pupils are polite, courteous and respectful at all times.

Leaders have enriched the curriculum with a wide range of opportunities to develop both the academic and social aspects of all pupils.

For example, pupils are taught about different family structures and beliefs. Pupils were able to talk confidently about different religions and about some British values.

Staff are very proud of their school and enjoy working here.

They feel valued and supported by leaders who take their well-being seriously. For instance, leaders consider their workload when introducing new initiatives. Governors know the school well and use this knowledge to support and challenge leaders.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have ensured that all staff are trained appropriately in safeguarding. Staff are vigilant.

They raise concerns quickly and leaders act on these concerns in a timely manner. However, not all governors have completed the most up-to-date training. Leaders are taking appropriate steps to address this.

Leaders and staff record safeguarding concerns, but the way in which they do this does not allow leaders to gain a clear overview of the actions taken or easily see any patterns and trends. Leaders and governors are beginning to address this. Despite the lack of detailed oversight pupils are not at risk.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Not all governors have up to date safeguarding training. This means that they are not as able to hold leaders to account for their safeguarding work, and support them with this work, as they should be. Leaders and governors should ensure that appropriate safeguarding training is completed as a matter of priority by anyone who needs it.

• Leaders have not ensured that assessment is used precisely enough in all foundation subjects. Where this happens, misconceptions are not always addressed, and gaps in learning go unchecked. Leaders should make sure that teachers use assessment precisely to identify and address pupils' gaps in learning curriculum across the foundation subjects.

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