This is a school that requires improvement Past weaknesses in senior leadership and governance, coupled with some significant staffing turbulence, have caused standards to decline. The quality of teaching and assessment is not consistently good across the school.
Pupils' progress information is not used sufficiently well to inform the next steps of their learning. Consequently, some pupils with low prior attainment can struggle to keep up, and the most able are not sufficiently challenged. Some subject leaders are still developing the skills required to enable them to influence improvements in teaching and learning across the curriculum.
Despite recent improve...ments, teaching does not yet develop pupils' writing skills consistently well across the school. Systems to hold teachers to account for the progress that pupils make have not been sufficiently robust. Teachers, particularly in key stage 1, do not make sufficient use of assessment to tailor their teaching to meet the needs of the pupils.
As a result, the pace of learning is variable. Teaching assistants are not always given sufficiently precise guidance about what the pupils they are supporting need to learn. Consequently, their impact on assisting improvement is variable.
Disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not make enough progress in reading, writing or mathematics. Teachers' planning in science and the humanities is weak. As a result, standards in these subjects are variable.
The school has the following strengths Kanes Hill offers a warm and nurturing environment. Children make a strong start in the early years and behaviour is good. This term, the new executive principal and acting head of school have quickly forged strong relationships and gained the support of staff, parents and carers.
New local governors have been appointed and are keen to have an impact. Working with trustees from the Inspire Learning Partnership (ILP), they have quickly gained an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school.
Information about this school
Kanes Hill Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school and has provision for children from age 4 to 11.
Most pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils with SEND is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium is well above the national average.
Kanes Hill's predecessor school, also called Kanes Hill Primary, was last inspected in 2008 and graded outstanding. After this time, the school converted to become an academy and later formed the Hinkler Academy Trust (HAT). In May 2018, the HAT joined with another multi-academy trust to form the Inspire Learning Partnership (ILP).
The trustees of the ILP have responsibility for the governance of the school. In September 2018, they established the academy council, which is responsible for some aspects of local governance of the school. The past two years has been a period of staffing changes.
The previous headteacher left at the end of last term and has not yet been replaced. In the interim, there has been some restructuring of senior leadership, and the executive principal of the trust has taken over leadership of the school, supported by the deputy headteacher taking the role of acting head of school. The school is being supported by the ILP to boost teaching, learning and assessment, early years provision, and leadership and management.