Hunts Cross Primary School

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About Hunts Cross Primary School

Name Hunts Cross Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Head teacher Mrs Nicola Ware
Address Kingsthorne Road, Liverpool, L25 0PJ
Phone Number 01514861777
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 355
Local Authority Liverpool
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils, and their parents and carers, are proud to be part of this inclusive school.

Pupils say that they are happy to come to school every morning because their teachers are always welcoming and kind. They feel safe because they trust adults to resolve any problems they may have.

Staff expect pupils to behave very well.

Pupils listen respectfully to each other and are confident in sharing their opinions with other pupils and with their teachers. Behaviour is mainly calm and orderly.

The school aims to give all pupils the best start in life, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils try hard to live up... to these high expectations. They enjoy their lessons, and most achieve well.

Many pupils enjoy the wider opportunities provided for them.

Leaders invite various visitors into school for assemblies and workshops. These events allow pupils to learn about a range of issues which help prepare them for life outside school. For example, pupils spoke enthusiastically about what they had learned during a recent mental health week.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Over recent years, extensive changes have been made to the curriculum so that it is ambitious. Careful thought has been given to the main content to be taught in each subject. The school continues to reflect on and refine subject content.

In the Reception class, the curriculum provides children with a wide range of valuable opportunities to develop their language, communication and mathematical skills. As a result, by the end of the Reception Year, they are well prepared for the key stage 1 curriculum.

Teachers deliver the curriculum well.

They are helped to do so by knowledgeable subject leaders, who are keen to offer teachers any guidance they may need if they are unsure about a topic. Teachers use a wide range of teaching strategies to capture the interest of their pupils. Pupils told inspectors that they appreciate how their teachers find enjoyable ways to help them to learn.

Teachers know their pupils well. In many subjects, they make sure that pupils understand and retain what they have been taught. However, in a few subjects, leaders and teachers are not clear about what strategies they should use to check if pupils have learned what was intended.

As a result, in these subjects, teachers sometimes do not identify and address gaps in pupils' learning or correct any misconceptions that may have developed.

Reading is a priority across the school. Good reading habits are especially well established in the early years and key stage 1.

Pupils said they enjoy reading, and many read frequently. Leaders have ensured that there is a wide range of high- quality fiction and non-fiction for pupils to read. Recently, leaders have refined the way that the phonics curriculum is taught in Reception and in key stage 1.

These changes mean that pupils, including those with SEND, are becoming more confident and fluent readers. Teachers quickly identify any pupils who need extra help to keep up with their phonics learning. Well-trained staff support these pupils so that they catch up quickly.

The needs of pupils with SEND are identified promptly and accurately. For example, many additional needs are identified before children join Reception due to the effective transition arrangements with local nurseries. There is close work with parents and carers to quickly find the best possible support for pupils.

Staff are provided with the information that they need to enable them to help these pupils.

Low-level disruption in lessons is rare. When it does occur, it is handled by adults in a calm and effective manner.

Across the school, pupils demonstrate high levels of respect towards each other. Children in Reception settle quickly, and soon learn the routines and rules of the school day.

The personal development programme is well designed.

Through this programme, pupils learn about and celebrate cultures, societies and lifestyles which are different from their own. Pupils in Year 6 speak confidently and maturely about what they have learned in their relationships and sex education lessons. In assemblies, pupils learn about values such as honesty and the importance of teamwork in everything they do.

In these ways, pupils are well prepared for life beyond primary school.

Governors know the school very well. They have a clear understanding of the improvements made to the school over recent years and the areas which can be improved further.

When necessary, they challenge leaders to justify their actions and decisions.

Staff appreciate the recent efforts governors and leaders have made to reduce their workload in a variety of ways. Staff find senior leaders to be approachable if they have a problem.

Pupils and staff have benefited from the extensive staff development programme provided by the school. The school communicates well with parents to support pupils' education, for example by holding informative meetings at the beginning of the school year for different year groups.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, the assessment of pupils' knowledge and understanding is underdeveloped. As a result, assessment strategies in these subjects do not provide teachers with the information they need to check what pupils have learned and remembered. The school should ensure that, across all subjects, pupils' learning is checked in such a way that provides teachers with the information they need to identify the next steps for their pupils' learning.

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