Hilmarton Primary School

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About Hilmarton Primary School

Name Hilmarton Primary School
Website http://www.hilmarton.wilts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Sam Churchill
Address Compton Road, Hilmarton, Calne, SN11 8SG
Phone Number 01249760602
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 103
Local Authority Wiltshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Hilmarton is a welcoming and inclusive school.

Staff and pupils have very positive relationships. The school's vision for pupils to 'explore, enjoy and learn' runs through the curriculum. Pupils are enthusiastic and curious to learn new things.

The school has high expectations for pupils' behaviour. Pupils are polite and well mannered. They hold doors open for visitors and show high levels of respect for one another.

Pupils listen carefully and are eager to learn. There is a calm and purposeful environment in classrooms and around the school.

Pupils feel safe in school and learn how to stay safe online.

They feel confident to share any worri...es with trusted adults in school. There is a culture of support and kindness to others, which all at the school model well. One pupil stated, 'The school is like a family.'

Pupils benefit from a wide range of trips and external visitors which enrich the curriculum. They contribute to the wider world, for example by raising money for charity. Pupils recognise the impact their work can have on others beyond their school.

The school promotes equality of opportunity very well. All pupils are encouraged to take part in everything the school has to offer.

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

The school has responded well to address the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection.

Staff have worked collaboratively to develop a broad curriculum. It is ambitious for all pupils. Learning is well designed, so pupils build their knowledge over time.

The curriculum starts in the early years. The school has considered what pupils should know by the time they leave primary school.

Pupils progress well through the curriculum.

They can recall their recent learning well. For example, pupils discussed the importance of the Battle of Britain from their recent history unit. Pupils learn to play a range of different instruments in music lessons.

The school recognises that the curriculum needs further embedding so that pupils build on what they already know and deepen their knowledge. In some subjects, assessment is not always used with enough precision to check what all pupils know and remember and to inform future learning. This makes it harder for pupils to build their knowledge over time.

The school prioritises pupils learning to read. Children in the early years start to read as soon as they start school. They learn early sounds well.

The books they read match the sounds they have learned. All staff have the expertise needed to teach phonics well. They use assessment effectively to check pupils' phonics progress.

If pupils fall behind, they receive the support they need to help them to catch up quickly.

Pupils' enthusiasm for reading continues as they move through the school. As they gain confidence, pupils read books to improve their fluency.

Texts become longer and more complex as pupils get older. The school encourages pupils to recommend different books and authors to each other. Pupils learn about diversity through the reading curriculum.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are accurately identified. Information about how to support these pupils is shared effectively with teachers. This means that pupils with SEND learn and progress through the curriculum as well as their peers.

Pupils with SEND participate in all aspects of school life in this very inclusive school.

Pupils learn a well-devised personal development programme. They know how to stay safe online and how to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy.

For example, a child in Reception explained the importance of eating fruit 'because it is good for you and makes you healthy'. Pupils celebrate difference. They understand why it is important to treat everyone equally and with respect.

Pupils know that a good friend needs to be kind and reliable. The school has a strong pastoral offer to support pupils' physical and mental health.

Leadership opportunities for pupils are meaningful.

The school council meets regularly and makes a difference to the school. For example, pupils decided that each class would raise money to improve the school. The funds raised are being used to purchase new equipment to improve playtimes.

Pupils present their case for being on the school council and are voted on by their peers.

Governors know the school's strengths and areas for improvement well. They provide appropriate support and challenge to the school.

Staff are positive and proud to work at the school. They work closely together and support each other well. They are reflective and thoughtful about their work.

Staff say that the school thoughtfully manages their workload and well-being.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects the curriculum is not yet being implemented well enough to ensure pupils learn the precise knowledge that has been identified in the curriculum design.

As a result, some pupils' knowledge is not as in depth as it could be. The school needs to ensure that the curriculum is securely and consistently embedded across the school to enable pupils to learn and remember what is intended. ? Assessment is still being developed in some subjects.

It is not yet used well enough to check that pupils have remembered the knowledge they have been taught. As a result, some pupils do not build their knowledge well enough over time. The school needs to ensure that assessment is used effectively across all subjects and use this information to inform future learning.

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