Hughenden Primary School

Name Hughenden Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2013
Address Spring Valley Drive, Hughenden Valley, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LR
Phone Number 01494562501
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 10.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17%
Persisitent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-size primary school. All classes have pupils of mixed ages, but in Key Stage 2 pupils are sometimes taught in separate year groups for mathematics and English. The proportion of pupils from ethnic backgrounds other than White British is well below the national average. Almost all pupils speak English as a first language. A much smaller than average proportion of children is eligible for the pupil premium. This is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and children of service families. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported at school action is broadly average, but the proportion supported at school action plus is less than half the national average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is well below the national average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school changed from an infant school to a primary school four years ago and its first Year 6 cohort was in 2011. There have been significant changes to the senior leadership team in the past year. A deputy headteacher was appointed in September 2012, and was acting headteacher for the summer term. A new headteacher was appointed in September 2012. The governing body has been restructured. The school has an after-school club that is not managed by the governing body. The school has achieved the National Healthy Schools Award and Level 3 in the School Travel Plan Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. Children enter Reception with skills as expected for their age. By the time they are in Year 6, most pupils have reached above average standards in English and mathematics. Teaching is typically good and sometimes outstanding. As a result, almost all pupils are well motivated to learn and make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. Their behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. Pupils feel safe and happy and their attendance is better than at most schools. The school’s senior leaders and governors are highly focused on improving the school, especially pupils’ progress, and safeguarding the children. They have given emphasis to developing teachers’ professional skills and have taken additional measures to make the site more secure. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportion of outstanding teaching is not yet high enough. Teachers do not give sufficient emphasis to improving pupils’ spelling or make clear what pupils must do next to reach a higher level.