Little Heath Primary School

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About Little Heath Primary School

Name Little Heath Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Joanne Stanley
Address Spring Road, Coventry, CV6 7FN
Phone Number 02476688006
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238
Local Authority Coventry
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Little Heath Primary School is a school full of compassion.

Pupils say that everyone in school is kind, and parents and carers agree. As one parent said, the school feels like a 'second family'.

Pupils enjoy coming to school, and are happy there and feel safe.

They say that they have trusted adults to talk to. Pupils understand what bullying is, but say that bullying very rarely happens. If it does, teachers deal with it and it stops.

Pupils are polite and well mannered. They behave well in lessons. During breaktimes and lunchtimes, they look out for each other and play cooperatively.

At Little Heath, difference is celebrated. Pupils underst...and that people can be different in a variety of ways. For example, over 40 languages are spoken at home by pupils and their families.

Pupils enjoy learning about other faiths and cultures. One pupil, voicing the view of many, said: 'If everyone was the same, it would be boring.'

Leaders want the best for all pupils at this school.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed some of their plans. There is some work to do to ensure that all pupils can access the good quality of education that leaders want.

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

There have been recent changes to leadership at all levels at Little Heath Primary School.

New leaders have focused on improving the curriculum. In some subjects, such as physical education (PE) and science, leaders have identified what pupils will learn. This knowledge is sequenced in a logical order so that pupils can begin to build on what they already know.

In some subjects, leaders are beginning to introduce activities to help pupils remember what they have learned before. However, some of these changes are very new and are not consistent in all subjects.

A large proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language.

Teachers do not always check whether pupils know the vocabulary that they need to understand what they are being taught across the curriculum. This means that, at times, some pupils' progress is limited. This includes some pupils who are at the early stages of learning to read.

Children begin to learn phonics as soon as they start in Reception. They read books matched to the sounds they are learning. Leaders make sure that pupils' reading development is regularly assessed.

However, some pupils who speak English as an additional language do not know the meaning of the words they are learning to read. This hampers them in understanding what they are reading.

In Reception, most children work happily with their classmates.

Leaders plan activities that follow children's interests and experiences. For example, children enjoy real-life learning in a mechanics' garage role-play area. However, leaders do not ensure that all learning is adapted to meet the needs of all children.

This includes children who speak English as an additional language and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Recent changes to leadership have led to pupils with SEND being more accurately identified. Some pupils with significant needs receive adult support to help them to learn alongside their classmates.

They are fully included in the life of the school. However, their needs are not always met fully through the curriculum.

Pupils behave well in school.

They are respectful towards each other and to teachers. As a result, learning is rarely disrupted. However, there is inconsistency in the way in which behaviour is managed and a lack of commonly agreed strategies that are known by pupils and staff.

Some pupils do not attend school as regularly as they should. This means that they miss out on important learning.

Leaders ensure that there is a range of clubs on offer.

They ensure that all clubs are free for all pupils. Leaders ensure that pupils experience other opportunities. For example, pupils in Year 6 visit north Wales on a residential trip.

Other pupils work with a locally based building society, learning financial and life skills. Leaders also ensure that all pupils learn tolerance and understanding. For example, pupils spoken to enjoyed learning about other faiths and beliefs.

Governors are currently restructuring their committees so that they can offer the support and challenge leaders need to help them drive school improvements. With leaders, they ensure that staff feel listened to. Staff appreciate that leaders are mindful of their workload.

All staff who responded to the survey enjoy working at Little Heath Primary School.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that safeguarding is a priority.

They are aware of local risks and make sure that they teach pupils how to keep themselves safe. For example, leaders have ensured that the school has links with local police community support officers.

Leaders ensure that all staff receive regular safeguarding training.

Staff know how to identify pupils who may be at risk of potential harm. There are systems in place to record concerns, and these are used and followed up rigorously. Leaders also engage with external services, when required, to ensure that pupils are kept safe.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders do not currently ensure that pupils who speak English as an additional language are fully supported to access the curriculum. As a result, some pupils are unable to understand what they are being taught, including when learning to read. Leaders should ensure that teachers consider carefully what vocabulary all pupils need to understand, so that they can learn successfully across the curriculum.

• Leaders are developing the curriculum. As a result, in some subjects, there is still work to be done. Leaders should continue to develop the curriculum and share good practice so that all subjects are well planned and sequenced and include the consistent use of retrieval strategies to enable all pupils, including those with SEND, to succeed.

• Leaders do not analyse attendance data with sufficient focus. As a result, they do not proactively seek to remove potential barriers, and some groups of pupils miss school too frequently. Leaders should analyse attendance information to better detect any patterns or trends and use this analysis to work with families to overcome barriers to pupils' attendance.

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