Lynch Hill School Primary Academy

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About Lynch Hill School Primary Academy

Name Lynch Hill School Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mrs Lindsey Tomlinson
Address Garrard Road, Slough, SL2 2AN
Phone Number 01753524170
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 919
Local Authority Slough
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Just like the school's strapline says, pupils 'aim high, work hard and care deeply'.

This starts from early years. Pupils try their best, do not give up and look after each other.

Pupils are happy and well behaved.

Relationships are strong. Low-level disruption in lessons is infrequent. Most pupils have positive attitudes towards learning.

Bullying is rare with leaders taking any reports seriously. Pupils understand well the difference between bullying and friendship issues. Well-trained peer mentors are effective in helping their friends to solve problems.

Adults step in swiftly if needed. Pupils feel safe. They are proud to take on leaders...hip roles, which support the school community, such as reading with younger pupils or being part of the eco-council.

Leaders enhance the curriculum through a vast number of before- and after-school clubs. For example, pupils enjoy sewing, boxercise and tennis clubs. Leaders make sure that disadvantaged pupils access all that the school offers, such as residential trips and specialist music lessons.

The majority of parents and carers are positive about the school. They appreciate leaders' high expectations and how well their children are learning. As one parent wrote, 'Lynch Hill has taught my child to be the best she can be.'

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

All pupils study a broad range of subjects. The curriculum in most subjects is ambitious and well designed. It helps pupils to learn new knowledge and vocabulary.

This starts in early years, where leaders make sure that the curriculum enables all children to build deeply on what they already know and can do. Children achieve exceptionally well in the early years, including the two-year-olds. Children are confident and ready to move on to Year 1.

In most subjects, teachers introduce learning in small steps to help pupils to grasp new ideas quickly. Learning builds on what pupils already know. However, in a few subjects, such as in history, and design and technology, this is not the case.

Pupils' learning is not built up well enough in logical steps and learning is not interlinked and ordered sufficiently over time. Sometimes, leaders have not decided what is the most important knowledge that pupils need to learn and remember. Pupils remember well their current learning.

However, sometimes, pupils struggle to recall what they have been taught in these subjects previously. Leaders are aware of these issues and are currently refining their curriculum thinking.

Leaders make sure that pupils learn to read as soon as possible.

Children in the early years listen attentively to books. They often use their favourite stories in their imaginative play. Older pupils love reading too, especially story time.

They enjoy recommending books to each other and having their book reviews published in the school newsletter. Leaders have invested significantly in the professional development of all staff to teach phonics. This has resulted in a staff team who are experts in teaching children to learn to read.

Teachers make sure that pupils read books that match precisely to current reading ability. Pupils practise their reading successfully. Pupils who need further help to keep up receive targeted support to improve their reading, fluency and vocabulary.

Leaders identify pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) accurately. These pupils receive very well-considered support for any social and emotional needs, such as anxiety. Leaders invest in a wide range of additional professional support, such as counselling and therapy.

Pupils with SEND participate fully in the wider life of the school. The effectiveness of support for their academic work is mostly successful too. Teachers adapt learning effectively to ensure that pupils with SEND are successful.

On the whole, support staff provide effective support, but this is not consistent.Leaders provide a wide range of opportunities to promote pupils' personal development. Leaders encourage pupils to be active and lead healthy lifestyles.

Pupils love representing their school in numerous competitive sports. Pupils learn about different faiths and cultures. They respect beliefs and ideas different to their own.

Pupils care deeply for others beyond their community. For instance, children in the early years collected food for the local foodbank. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

However, very occasionally, pupils do not show the same level of respect to all members of staff.

Governors and the multi-academy trust provide strong support and challenge for the school. Recent training has supported governors to become more strategic in their approach to questioning how well pupils are learning.

Governors know the school well.

Staff enjoy working at this school. They are fully committed to the pupils.

Staff appreciate leaders' approachability and warmness towards them. Leaders are considerate of their well-being and workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff and governors ensure that the safety of pupils is given the highest priority. Adults know the pupils and families very well. Staff are well trained to spot signs that pupils may be at risk of harm.

They notice when pupils behave differently, suggesting something may be wrong. Staff inform leaders immediately and leaders take all concerns seriously.Pupils appreciate that staff check the 'feeling boxes' daily.

They know they can share their worries, even if they are not confident enough to speak the words out loud. Staff listen well. Leaders make sure pupils get the support they need.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of foundation subjects, the curriculum is not coherent enough and does not make clear the most important things that pupils should know and remember. As a result, in these subjects, teachers do not have enough guidance about what they need to focus on and pupils are not building their learning well enough. Leaders, including subject leaders, should ensure that the curriculum is fully sequenced, across all subjects, making clear the most important things that pupils need to know and remember at each stage of their education.

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