Hollinswood Primary School

Name Hollinswood Primary School
Website http://hollinswoodprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 June 2015
Address Dale Acre Way, Hollinswood, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 2EP
Phone Number 01952386920
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 428 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.0
Local Authority Telford and Wrekin
Percentage Free School Meals 24.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 38.3%
Persisitent Absence 6.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 11%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school became a primary school in September 2013 as a result of a merger between Hollinswood Junior and Hollinswood Infant and Nursery Schools. The school has experienced very significant changes in staffing and leadership since the last inspection. New appointments have included new teaching staff, a new non-teaching deputy headteacher, early years, inclusion and middle leaders. The large majority of pupils attending the school are of White British heritage. The remainder come from many different ethnic groups. Most pupils speak English as their first language. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils currently known to be eligible for free school meals, those who have been eligible for free school meals at any time in the last six years and children in the care of the local authority) is above average. Pupils attend on a part-time basis in the Nursery, and attend full-time from Reception onwards. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. This school is improving rapidly under the determined leadership of the headteacher. Leaders and managers have taken effective action to steer the school through a period of significant staff and leadership changes since the last inspection. Leaders have appointed skilful teachers and this is ensuring better teaching through the school. The school’s leaders work effectively as a team and display a secure capacity to improve further. Pupils enjoy school and share very supportive relationships with each other and staff. Pupils behave well and their attendance is above average. Teaching is good. This ensures that all groups of pupils make good progress. Teachers’ assessments are used to identify pupils who are at risk of falling behind and carefully structured support programmes are put in place to move these pupils’ learning on. As a result, pupils’ achievement is good. The school’s work in keeping pupils safe is good. Governors keep themselves well informed about pupils’ progress and hold the school to account for the standards achieved. Staff morale is high and very close links with parents further support the strong drive for improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are too few opportunities for pupils to practise their extended writing skills across the curriculum. Teachers do not fully develop pupils’ reasoning skills in mathematics.