Holymead Primary School

Name Holymead Primary School
Website http://www.holymeadp.bristol.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Hollywood Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 4LE
Phone Number 01173772381
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 615 (48.6% boys 51.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.9
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 17.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14%
Persisitent Absence 9.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (07 May 2014)
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Information about this school

Holymead is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The school opened in April 2013 following the merger of Holymead Infant School and Holymead Junior School. This is the school’s first inspection since opening as a primary school. The school is housed on two separate sites with pupils aged four to six years taught on one site and pupils aged seven to 11 years taught on the other. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in local authority care or pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below the national average. 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. Senior leaders and governors have made rapid progress in bringing two former schools together to form an effective new school. The headteacher and other senior leaders check regularly on the quality of teaching. They give feedback that is helping staff to improve their teaching. Teaching is consistently good across the school. Staff plan work at the right level of difficulty for their pupils and help them to learn quickly. All pupils, including the most able, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, make good progress overall in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ behaviour is good and pupils have good attitudes to learning. They have confidence in staff to deal with any bullying that might happen. Pupils say they feel safe in school. Regular lessons and activities help pupils to understand how to keep themselves safe in different situations. The governing body questions senior leaders thoroughly about the work of the school, especially regarding pupils’ progress and attainment. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Marking in mathematics is not as good as that in other subjects, so pupils know less about how to improve their work. Leaders in charge of subjects are not fully involved in checking on the quality of teaching across the whole school. Boys’ progress in writing slows across Years 1 and 2.