Hollymount School

Name Hollymount School
Website http://www.hollymountschool.org
Ofsted Inspections
Address Hollymount Road, Worcester, WR4 9SG
Phone Number 0190523159
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 382 (46.3% boys 53.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.5
Academy Sponsor The Black Pear Trust
Local Authority Worcestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 31.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 36.9%
Persistent Absence 15.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.8%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The school is slightly larger than the average sized primary school. Just over half of the pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is considerably more than most other schools. The pupil premium provides additional funding for students in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals.

The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and of those learning English as an additional language are average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action is well above average. The proportion of pupils at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also well above average.

The needs of all these pupils are mainly related to moderate learning difficulties including speech, language and communication difficulties, and behaviour, emotional and social difficulties. The school meets the current floor standards, which set the government's minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills that are well below those typical for their age. They quickly start to make good progress and continue to achieve well throughout the school. By the time they leave at the end of Year 6, pupils' attainment is close to average.

Teaching is usually good and there are some examples of outstanding teaching. Nearly all pupils behave well. Teachers manage behaviour effectively so that low-level disruption in lessons and anti-social behaviour around school are uncommon.

Pupils feel safe and well-supported by the school staff. Attendance has risen significantly over recent years and is now average. The curriculum is planned well, provides pupils with a wide range of experiences and promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.

The headteacher's relentless determination to improve all aspects of the school, coupled with support from other leaders and the governing body, are the main reasons why pupils' achievement and the quality of teaching have improved significantly since the last inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils' attainment in writing is lower than reading and mathematics, mainly because : few exceed expected levels for their age. In some writing lessons, the work given to the more-able pupils is too easy and does not promote best progress.

In a few lessons, teachers lack the subject knowledge to enable them to break down the learning into stages and guide pupils through small learning steps. The assessment of pupils' progress in subjects other than mathematics and English is not fully developed. Not all leaders have fully developed their skills of monitoring, evaluating and improving the work of the school through lesson observation and rigorous analysis of pupil progress information.