Nursery Hill Primary School


Name Nursery Hill Primary School
Website http://www.nurseryhillprimary.co.uk/
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Ansley Common, Nuneaton, CV10 0PY
Phone Number 02476392318
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 102 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.7
Local Authority Warwickshire
Percentage Free School Meals 30.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.9%
Persistent Absence 14%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.6%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The quality of education has declined since the last inspection. Leaders have recently made positive changes, and things are now starting to improve.

A new curriculum has been introduced that includes a wide range of subjects. Pupils enjoy the new topics. However, some of the teaching pupils receive is not planned well enough to meet their needs.

This means there are gaps in pupils' knowledge in many subjects.

Pupils are happy at the school. They feel safe and know who to turn to if they have any concerns.

Pupils know the importance of good physical and mental health for their own well-being. Staff take bullying seriously, and the number of incidents has reduced.

Most pupils behave well and try their best.

Behaviour has improved a lot over the last year. Some pupils do not behave as well as they could, and this affects how well other pupils learn during lessons.

Pupils like the variety of after-school clubs, including sports, art and computing.

They are pleased to have extra responsibilities, for example as house captain or a school council member.

Most parents and carers are positive about the school. Some have concerns about the many changes of staff, including leaders, at the school.

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

Leaders know that the quality of education is not good enough. There is variability in how well some subjects are taught in some classes. Leaders are working hard to improve this, with some success.

The curriculum plans are now fit for purpose because they identify clearly what pupils should know and by when. Pupils are starting to build knowledge in most subjects.

Subject leaders are being supported by experienced leaders to become more effective.

Subject leaders' skills are getting better and they know what needs to be done to improve the quality of education in their subjects. However, they still rely on the guidance of leaders from another school to bring about these improvements.

The teaching of early reading is improving.

Leaders have prioritised reading and have increased the amount of time that all pupils spend learning to read. However, pupils in key stages 1 and 2 who struggle to learn to read are not supported well enough. At the moment, pupils do not have books matched to the letters and sounds they know.

Leaders have put plans in place to support these pupils, but it is too soon for this to have made a difference.

Pupils' achievement by the end of key stage 2 greatly improved last year, but some pupils are not doing well enough, especially in mathematics and writing. Leaders have provided training for all staff to improve their subject knowledge.

This is helping teachers to plan tasks that are more closely matched to pupils' needs.

Pupils now have a good grasp of calculation skills in mathematics. They are getting better at solving mathematical problems.

However, teachers do not consistently check on whether pupils understand what they are doing and adapt teaching as a result. This means that gaps in learning remain, particularly for older pupils.

Leaders have worked closely with the local authority to improve provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils with more complex needs are now getting the right support, particularly when this is linked to behaviour, communication or emotional needs.

Children in the early years are happy and safe. There are warm relationships between children and staff.

Children get on well with each other. Leaders have made positive changes to the environment. Spaces for learning, investigating and playing are interesting and well organised.

Children access resources easily and can make their own choices about what to do. The recent changes to the curriculum are positive. A higher priority is now given to reading and writing.

This is so that more children can be as well prepared academically as they are personally and socially for Year 1.

All staff expect pupils to behave well. Staff and pupils understand the school's new behaviour system, and rules are applied fairly.

Sometimes learning is interrupted when pupils try to disrupt others. This happens when teachers do not ensure that tasks match pupils' needs well enough. Leaders are working hard to reduce the number of fixed-term exclusions, but the number of these remains high.

Leaders are also working hard to improve attendance. This is improving, but some pupils do not attend as often as they should.

Leaders have introduced a new curriculum to promote pupils' personal development.

They have increased the opportunities pupils have to learn about different cultures and religions. Visits to places of interest including museums and galleries enhance topics. This new approach is in the early stages of development, and it is too soon to see how successful this is.

Leaders have plans in place to further promote British values. At the moment pupils' understanding of these values is limited.

Leaders and governors are committed to improving the school.

Staff welcome the recent changes. They agree that the changes have been well managed so that they have not created additional workload. Staff told inspectors that they are happy to work at the school because they are well supported.

They share a sense that things are getting much better.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders ensure that the right checks are carried out on any staff or volunteers who work at the school.

All staff receive regular up-to-date training. They know how to spot the signs that a child might be at risk. Staff report any concerns they have promptly.

Leaders know the needs of the most vulnerable pupils and their families. They work well with a range of agencies to ensure that pupils get the help they need. Records are stored securely and include relevant, detailed information.

They show that leaders respond swiftly to any concerns about a pupil's safety or well-being.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

The senior leadership team has brought about stability and improvement at the school. However, current arrangements are in place until August 2020 and future plans are not yet secure.

Governors should ensure that they continue to work with the local authority so that plans are put in place to address this as soon as possible. . Subject leaders rely currently on the support of more experienced subject leaders from another school.

Subject leaders should continue to develop their skills, knowledge and experience. This will allow them to have a positive impact on the quality of education in their own subjects. .

The proportion of pupils who achieved the expected standard in the phonics screening check at the end of Year 1 improved last year. However, the least able pupils in key stage 1 and those in key stage 2 who have not achieved the standard in the phonics screening check are not supported well enough to improve their reading. Some staff need further training to support these pupils.

In addition, the lowest attaining pupils' reading books should be closely matched to their phonics knowledge. . Pupils' progress in mathematics by the end of key stage 2 has been weak in recent years.

Leaders have provided training so that teachers know what should be taught in each year group. Leaders should ensure that teachers make better use of assessment information, so that teachers plan work that meets the needs of all pupils including those with SEND and the most able. .

Leaders have introduced a new ambitious curriculum that is well sequenced in all subjects. This needs to be implemented consistently well throughout the school, so that pupils build their knowledge and skills in a wide range of subjects. .

Leaders have introduced a new approach to how they promote pupils' personal development. This is in the early stages. Leaders should make checks on how well this new approach is being implemented throughout the school.

. Attendance remains below average. Leaders should continue with the work they have started to address this, so that more pupils attend school each day.