Ley Hill School

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About Ley Hill School

Name Ley Hill School
Website http://www.leyhillschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Victoria Lang
Address The Green, Ley Hill, Chesham, HP5 1YF
Phone Number 01494784205
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 233
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Ley Hill School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Ley Hill is a caring and nurturing school.

Pupils are kind to each other, show respect and are proud of their school. They are happy and confident, and speak highly of the staff. Leaders set high expectations for pupils' learning and behaviour, and they rise to the challenge.

Pupils behave well in lessons and when moving around the school. They are friendly, well mannered and supportive of each other. Pupils report that staff will quickly deal with any incidents of poor behaviour if they occur.

They value the lunchtime drop-in wobble club, where they can talk with staff members i...f they need help or reassurance. Pupils say that bullying is not an issue. They are clear that if it did happen, adults would deal with it straightaway.

Pupils play well together on the playground. There are various activities and resources to make playtimes interesting, including a giant chess set, an adventure playground and walking with stilts. Teachers plan events that extend and enrich the school's curriculum, such as theatre visits, bicycle training courses, working with a children's author and visiting local museums.

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

Subject leaders have reviewed and adapted the curriculum to identify the key knowledge that they want pupils to learn. The curriculum is broad, well sequenced and ambitious for pupils. Leaders need more time to fine tune and embed the planning across all year groups to ensure that the quality of education is even stronger.

This will enable leaders and governors to have a more precise evaluation of the knowledge and skills pupils need to build over time.

Across the school, pupils are motivated and keen to learn. For example, in early years, well-planned activities enable children to learn and play together in the new outdoor space.

Teachers ensure that learning matches the needs of pupils. They check pupils' understanding in lessons and offer extra effective support when needed. Pupils are confident to talk about what they are learning and confidently recall knowledge learned in previous lessons.

For example, in geography, when pupils consider the polar regions, they recall and use their knowledge of continents and oceans. Consequently, pupils secure deep understanding in geography.

Leaders ensure that pupils can use what they have learned in one subject to help them understand other subject areas.

For example, in early years, children are learning about how animal characters can be portrayed differently in books. Teachers link this work to mathematics by enabling children to weigh plastic jungle animals on scales to calculate the heaviest ones.

Leaders prioritise the teaching of early reading, including phonics.

They have established a well-structured approach to teaching reading across the school. This is successful. Pupils use their phonics knowledge with strong determination to sound out unfamiliar words.

Those who need extra help with phonics are identified quickly and receive well-chosen support that helps them to catch up. Teachers encourage pupils to read widely and often. Staff bring reading to life to make it exciting through choosing books carefully and reading to pupils regularly.

Staff know pupils well. Through ongoing assessments, teachers identify any gaps in learning that pupils might have. Staff use this information to adapt the learning to match pupils' needs.

Staff support all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) well. This helps pupils with SEND to access the same learning as their peers. This support ensures that they grow in self-confidence and resilience when learning becomes more challenging.

Leaders have thought carefully about the mathematics curriculum. They have adapted a commercial scheme to meet the needs of their pupils. It is ambitious and well planned.

Consequently, they have identified what pupils need to know in mathematics. Pupils can explain their reasoning when solving problems and remember what they have been taught before. Leaders provide well-chosen training for staff, so that pupils are best supported in their learning.

Leaders prioritise providing for pupils' wider development through involvement with the local community. Pupils enjoy attending a wide range of school clubs. The personal, social and health education curriculum is carefully planned so that pupils learn about relationships, being healthy and staying safe.

Pupils understand British values such as democracy through the work of the school council. Leaders provide effective support for pupils' well-being and mental health, including through the young carers group. There is a well-planned programme of activities to help develop pupils' understanding of life outside Ley Hill.

Leaders and governors have high expectations. They have an accurate understanding of the school's priorities for improvement. Governors are very committed to this community school.

Staff appreciate the consideration leaders take towards helping them manage their workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong safeguarding culture in the school.

Leaders and governors give safeguarding the highest priority. Staff and governors receive regular training. Governors check that leaders keep thorough records on the suitability of staff to work in school.

Leaders work well with outside agencies to ensure that families get the support they need.

Pupils say that they feel safe, and parents and carers agree. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum enables pupils to understand risk, including how to stay safe online.

Leaders provide a comprehensive safeguarding plan for existing and new staff to ensure that all adults know how to identify and report concerns.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders have strengthened the curriculum so that pupils can secure the important knowledge and skills they need before moving on to the next step. The changes to the curriculum need to be securely embedded across all subjects.

Leaders have not yet fully evaluated the impact of these changes. Governors and leaders should ensure that the curriculum changes build pupils' knowledge and skills securely, enabling pupils to learn and remember more.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or outstanding school, because it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in February 2017.

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