Holtspur School & Pre-School

Name Holtspur School & Pre-School
Website http://www.holtspursch.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Cherry Tree Road, Holtspur, Beaconsfield, HP9 1BH
Phone Number 01494674325
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 229 (58.5% boys 41.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 17.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.8%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about the school

Holtspur is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds and few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above average and the proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. These needs include speech, language and communication difficulties. There is additionally resourced provision in the school for children with specific speech or language delay or disorder. There is a Reception class for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school has Healthy Schools status and has achieved Eco Schools Silver, Artsmark and Activemark awards. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Key findings

Holtspur School is a good school. It is not yet outstanding because pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching are good rather than outstanding. Both achievement and teaching are improving rapidly. Attainment in English and mathematics is above the national average. The percentage of pupils achieving higher levels in reading, writing and mathematics is increasing. The school is rigorous in its teaching of reading, writing and mathematics, but opportunities for pupils to apply and develop skills in writing in a variety of subjects are inconsistent. All groups of pupils make good progress and the school successfully closes any gaps in the attainment of different groups. Disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs receive the support they require in order to make similar progress to all other pupils and this progress is meticulously tracked. The school makes very effective provision for the higher attaining pupils, enabling them to undertake suitably challenging work. Effective performance management and professional development have led to significant improvements in teaching and there is a culture of continuous improvement. Teaching is of consistently good quality. A strong assessment system ensures pupils are clear about expectations and have a secure knowledge of their targets. Pupils are fully engaged in lessons and make every effort to succeed. Pupils’ attitudes and behaviour are outstanding, both in classrooms and around the school. This helps to create an exceptionally happy school environment in which everyone feels safe. The school’s leadership and management have inspired parents, carers, pupils and staff by setting high expectations. There is exceptionally strong support from parents and carers, who fully recognise the progress the school has made in recent years. A very well balanced curriculum gives creative subjects and sports a high profile, and also promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.