Horton Grange Primary School

Name Horton Grange Primary School
Website http://www.hortongrangeprimary.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 09 June 2015
Address Spencer Road, Great Horton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 2EU
Phone Number 01274573287
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 724 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.5
Academy Sponsor Exceed Academies Trust
Local Authority Bradford
Percentage Free School Meals 25.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 94.2%

Information about this school

Horton Grange Primary School is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The vast majority of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those supported through the pupil premium, is higher than the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above the national average. There is a much larger proportion of pupils than is usual who enter and leave the school at other times than at the start and end of the school year. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics, by the end of Year 6. The school provides before- and after-school clubs and a range of extra tuition sessions. There are links with pre-school provision on site. This provision for two-year-old children was registered with Ofsted in April 2014. This child care is inspected separately by Ofsted. Early years provision is part time for Nursery and full time for Reception. The executive headteacher leads two schools: Horton Grange and Copthorne Primary School in Bradford. The executive headteacher is a National Leader in Education. He is the co-chair of the Bradford Primary Improvement Partnership. He also leads Exceed (in Bradford) Teaching School Alliance. There is a head of school on site who is in charge of Horton Grange Primary School on a day-to-day basis. She is a member of the Bradford Safeguarding Children’s Board. She is also accredited to deliver training to senior leaders through the National College. The school leads on School Direct salaried and non-salaried recruitment for the Exceed in Bradford Teaching School Alliance. The Chair and vice-chair of the Governing Body are both National Leaders in Governance. The school’s recent developments are the provision for two-year-olds, the new school library and the outdoor refurbishment. The school’s recent accreditations include: A School of Sanctuary, Investors in Pupils, ICT Mark, Healthy School status, International Schools Status, The Stephen Lawrence Award Standard for Race, Equality and Diversity Level 2, Investors in People (Gold) and the Drugs Chartermark.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The executive headteacher’s leadership is very effective. He constantly ensures the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of the curriculum are outstanding. His strategic approach and determination result in as much success as possible for all pupils. The very able head of school has a crystal clear overview of the key strengths and weaknesses of the school. She is extremely well supported by senior and middle leaders who have a range of high-quality and diverse skills. Together leaders ensure that teaching and pupils’ achievement continue to improve. Leaders’ consistent and rigorous approach to the analysis of all data is impressive. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding taking into consideration their starting points. Leaders recognise that pupils often find the higher-level reading skills difficult. Governors are extremely skilled. They are very supportive of the school. They constantly challenge leaders to improve and to provide exemplary practice and outcomes for all. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding and their attitudes to learning are exemplary. Very effective arrangements are in place to ensure all pupils are safe and all safeguarding requirements are fully met. The new provision for two-year-old children gives them an excellent start with a very smooth transition into nursery. The provision in the early years ensures that all children get off to an excellent start and are more than ready for their learning in Year 1. The quality of teaching is outstanding. All staff are experienced and highly trained in different aspects of provision. This, along with exceptionally high levels of care, ensures pupils achieve extremely well from their starting points. The support staff are a huge strength of the school. They are extremely well trained and highly focused on pupils’ well-being, personal development and academic achievements. Pupils make rapid and sustained progress over time. As they move up through the school, pupils are consistently well supported to achieve the very best that they can. The pupils who speak little or no English and who enter and leave the school at various times throughout the school year, often make outstanding progress during their time at Horton Grange. Lunchtime activities, before and after-school clubs, the ‘100 Curriculum’ experiences with trips, visitors, residential visits, information and communication technology (ICT), Spanish, Arabic, music and sport are all particular favourites of the pupils. They say that they are learning to interact socially, which they know is a skill they want for life. The ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ project ensures pupils are involved in a whole-school focus on getting fit that promotes excellent well-being.