Kanes Hill Primary School

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About Kanes Hill Primary School

Name Kanes Hill Primary School
Website https://khps.ilpartnership.org/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Lisa Marshall
Address Fairfax Court, Hinkler Road, Southampton, SO19 6FW
Phone Number 02380463737
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 393
Local Authority Southampton
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Kanes Hill is an inclusive place with a strong family ethos. Pupils thrive in this caring community.

Staff are united in their determination for all pupils to succeed. The 'INSPIRE' values are reflected in all areas of school life. As a result, pupils achieve well in most areas of the curriculum.

Pupils know the school rules, 'Ready, respectful, safe'. They are conscious of the impact their actions have on others. Pupils in the 'Gentleman's Club' mentor younger pupils, encouraging personal responsibility.

Incidents of bullying and unkindness are rare. Staff deal with these swiftly and ensure they are not repeated.

Pupils embrace all the school has to... offer.

They enjoy the range of opportunities, such as visits to the Titanic Exhibition, that bring learning to life. Participation in a wide range of clubs, including drama, music and sewing, is high. A large proportion of pupils learn to play musical instruments, such as the clarinet or violin.

They enjoy opportunities to perform together as part of the school's orchestra.

Parents are fulsome in their praise of the school. One summed up the views of many, saying children at Kanes Hill 'feel safe, wanted and love learning'.

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

Leaders and staff have worked tirelessly to address the issues identified in the previous inspection successfully. Trustees and the academy council provide effective challenge and are clear about what still needs to improve. Staff value the consideration leaders give to their development and well-being.

They embrace the opportunities provided to develop their expertise as well as the growing opportunities to share their knowledge with other colleagues.

The personal development of pupils is exceptional. Central to this is the promotion of key values of resilience, reciprocity, resourcefulness and reflectiveness.

Pupils have a strong sense of right and wrong. They learn about personal responsibility and are encouraged to take ownership of their actions, especially where it may impact on others. Pupils celebrate difference and ensure everyone is included.

They learn about democracy and the rule of law. For example, they vote for their representative on the school council. Pupils value the opportunity to offer their thoughts on how the school could be better.

Leaders utilise a range of opportunities to work with local institutions, including Southampton University, to raise pupils' aspirations. Pupils are encouraged to be active in their community, including showcasing their talents in music or sport. They also support local initiatives, such as collecting for the food bank or raising funds for causes important to them.

This helps prepare pupils to be effective citizens for the future.

Leaders have made reading their top priority. Children in the early years learn to read from their first week in school.

Leaders have ensured that high-quality texts are the backbone of the curriculum. This access to texts ensures pupils develop a love of reading. They relish story time, and listen avidly as the stories are brought to life.

Many cannot wait to check out the recommended books in the library. Staff teaching early reading have expert knowledge. The phonics books that pupils read are well matched to the sounds that they have learned.

Those pupils at risk of falling behind are given daily support to help them to keep up.

Leaders have developed a curriculum that precisely sets out the essential knowledge pupils should learn, from early years to Year 6. Leaders ensure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are accurately identified.

Teachers adapt the curriculum to ensure pupils with SEND learn as well as their peers in all subjects. Teachers' subject knowledge is secure. This means that, across all year groups and in all subjects, they make sure that pupils learn well and use important vocabulary to explain their ideas.

However, in a small number of subjects, teachers do not systematically check pupils' understanding before moving on to new learning. As a result, pupils do not achieve as well as they could in these subjects.

Most pupils are excited to learn.

They demonstrate positive learning behaviours in class. This begins in the early years, where adults care for and know the children well. Most children settle quickly, choosing from a range of stimulating activities to help them learn.

Across the school, staff skilfully support pupils with complex needs to ensure they access the full curriculum. As a result, learning is rarely disrupted by poor behaviour. Around school, pupils are kind and considerate to each other and adults.

This creates a harmonious and happy environment.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils are taught how to stay safe.

They know the risks they face, especially online, and the steps they can take to protect themselves. Pupils know they can speak to a trusted adult if they have any worries.

Leaders have ensured that there is a strong culture of safeguarding at the school.

Staff receive high-quality training, so that they know how to identify and report concerns swiftly. Leaders monitor pupils whom they are worried about, carefully maintaining robust records. They seek support from appropriate agencies, so that pupils and their families get the help that they need quickly.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, assessment is not precise enough. This means that sometimes pupils are moved on without having a firm foundation to build on. Leaders should ensure that teachers consistently check that all pupils' understanding is secure before introducing new concepts and ideas.

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