Hulland CofE Primary School

Name Hulland CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 September 2014
Address Firs Avenue, Hulland, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 3FS
Phone Number 01335370243
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 54 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.0
Local Authority Derbyshire
Percentage Free School Meals 1.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is smaller than most primary schools nationally. Pupils are taught in mixed-age classes, with up to four year groups in a class. The school has an Early Years Foundation Stage which consists of one Reception group of children aged four to five years working in a mixed Reception and Year 1 class. Almost all pupils are White British. The number of pupils supported by the pupil premium is low. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care. A smaller than average proportion of pupils require support from the school and external services because : they are disabled or have special educational needs. The same is true for the number of pupils supported with a statement of special educational needs. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. As a result of consistently good teaching, very few pupils make less than the nationally expected rate of progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Around a third make better than expected progress. The proportion of pupils who go to secondary school with the standards expected for their age is better than in most schools. Teachers and teaching assistants work very well together to ensure that learning activities are well matched to the wide range of needs in mixed-age classes. Teachers’ thorough marking and feedback help pupils to make good progress. Children in the Reception age group make good progress because they receive a well-planned curriculum within their mixed-age class. Pupils in every class enjoy coming to school and they have exceptionally positive attitudes to work. Their behaviour is excellent and their attendance is above average. Staff are rigorous in keeping pupils safe. Pupils receive a carefully planned curriculum that prepares them for life in modern Britain. The curriculum makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school communicates very effectively with parents and encourages them to be partners in their children’s education. Parents are exceptionally supportive of the school. The headteacher provides very strong leadership. Her high expectations for the quality of teaching are evident in her own classroom practice. All teachers share responsibility for devising new ways of raising pupils’ achievement. The success of the improvements they have introduced in recent years shows that the school has a strong capacity to increase standards further. The governors are very well organised and skilled in monitoring the performance of the school. They help staff to improve pupils’ achievement by providing appropriate support and challenge when it is required. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough pupils make progress at a better than expected rate in reading, writing and mathematics.