Oswaldtwistle Hippings Methodist Voluntary Controlled Primary School

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About Oswaldtwistle Hippings Methodist Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Name Oswaldtwistle Hippings Methodist Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Acting Headteacher Mrs Tracey Westwell
Address Heron Way, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, BB5 3BT
Phone Number 01254234089
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Methodist
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 196
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Oswaldtwistle Hippings Methodist Voluntary Controlled Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), enjoy coming to school.

This is a happy school where pupils are keen to learn. Pupils are polite and friendly.

Pupils understand and appreciate teachers' high expectations of their behaviour.

Pupils behave well during lessons and around the school site. Children in the early years settle quickly into school routines. Pupils kindly invite other pupils to play with them.

The playground is a joyous place to be. It is full of smiling, happy ...faces.

Pupils feel safe at school.

They said that leaders deal swiftly and effectively with any incidents of bullying should they arise.

Leaders are ambitious for what pupils, and children in the early years, should achieve across a range of subjects. Pupils are learning increasingly well as a result of leaders' swift action to bring about improvements to the curriculum.

Pupils value opportunities to take on responsibilities, such as being a member of the pupil parliament. Older pupils are keen to support younger children, for example helping them at lunchtime in the dining hall and on the playground. Pupils also expressed positive views about the different clubs that they can take part in, including cross-country, chess and archery clubs.

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

Leaders have designed a curriculum that reflects their high aspirations for all pupils. This starts in the early years. In many subjects, leaders have organised the curriculum so that pupils' learning builds on what they know already in well-ordered steps as they move through the school.

In some subjects, leaders' curriculum improvements are more recent. Pupils are starting to remember essential knowledge better than they did in the past. However, over time, some older pupils have developed gaps in their learning due to the weaknesses in these subject curriculums.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge. They explain new concepts clearly to pupils. In the main, teachers design learning that helps pupils to deepen their understanding.

For example, teachers provide opportunities for pupils to revisit earlier learning. This helps to make sure that pupils increasingly remember more knowledge.

For the most part, teachers make regular checks on pupils' learning.

Teachers use this information well to identify which pupils need more help or guidance. Teachers successfully use strategies to address any misconceptions that pupils have about their current learning.

Leaders prioritise reading.

Children learn phonics from the start of the Reception Year, where they begin their journey to becoming confident readers. Pupils read books that help them to practise the sounds that they have learned. Most pupils use their phonics knowledge well to read accurately and fluently.

Well-trained staff provide effective support for weaker readers. This helps these pupils to catch up quickly.

Pupils enjoy reading.

Older and younger pupils alike look forward to story time with their teachers. Pupils told inspectors that reading takes them to another place and makes them happy. Pupils also understand the importance of reading to develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Leaders quickly identify pupils' additional needs. Staff successfully support pupils with SEND to access the same curriculum as their peers. Leaders liaise with external agencies, when necessary, to ensure that pupils with SEND receive appropriate support.

Pupils with SEND access all that school life has to offer.

Pupils, and children in the Reception class, behave well in class and during social times. They treat classmates and adults with kindness and respect.

Their positive attitudes to learning ensure that low-level disruption during lessons is rare.

Leaders carefully consider pupils' wider development. They provide a well-designed programme that prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain.

Pupils spoke passionately about the variety of opportunities available to them. Leaders ensure that pupils benefit from a range of enriching activities. For example, they learn about their environment when they visit the local woodlands.

Governors know the school and its community well. They are well informed about the quality of education that pupils receive. As a result, they support and challenge leaders in equal measure.

Staff are proud to work at the school. They feel appreciated. Staff value leaders' consideration of their workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders and governors have created a strong culture of safeguarding. They have ensured that staff are suitably trained to understand their role in keeping pupils safe.

Staff act promptly to report any concerns that arise about a pupil's welfare. Leaders take appropriate action in a thorough and timely manner. They work well with a range of agencies to support pupils and their families.

Pupils learn about how to keep themselves safe in a range of ways, including when working or playing online. They know what to do, and who to talk with, if they have any concerns or worries.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, developments to the curriculum are in the earlier stages.

Pupils' learning is not as secure in these subjects as in other areas of the curriculum. Leaders should ensure that pupils quickly catch up on any gaps in their learning that may have developed in the past, so that pupils develop a rich body of subject knowledge in these subjects.


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

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

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in October 2012.

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