Quarry Hill Academy


Name Quarry Hill Academy
Website http://www.quarryhillacademy.org.uk
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Bradleigh Avenue, Grays, RM17 5UT
Phone Number 01375373729
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 508 (55.9% boys 44.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.6
Academy Sponsor Catalyst Academies Trust
Local Authority Thurrock
Percentage Free School Meals 20.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 34.6%
Persistent Absence 7.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.7%%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher provides outstanding leadership. Together with an extremely strong leadership team he has brought about significant improvements since the previous inspection. Senior leaders and governors have high expectations of pupils.

This is shared by a highly skilled team of staff. They plan challenging work that allows all pupils to progress exceptionally well. By the end of Year 6 the progress for all groups of pupils in reading, writing and mathematics is significantly above average.

Pupils' written work is of a very high standard. There are many opportunities for pupils to write at length and in detail across a range of ...subjects. Attainment in phonics (the link between letters and sounds) is significantly above average.

By the end of year 6, the progress disadvantaged pupils make is better than other pupils nationally. Pupils enjoy school and love learning. Pupils show high levels of respect towards adults and one another.

It is a happy school in which pupils feel extremely safe. Attendance has significantly improved and is above average. The curriculum is very well planned.

It promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. Early years provision is good. The proportion of children achieving a good level of development is increasing rapidly.

However, not all teachers are using assessments to set activities that challenge children enough or develop their understanding of the wider world. Parents are involved in the initial assessment of their child when they enter nursery. However, this is not the case on entry to Reception where opportunities to visit and talk to teachers are limited.

Information about this school

Quarry Hill Academy is larger than the average-sized primary school. Less than half of the pupils are from White British backgrounds. The remainder are from a variety of different minority ethnic groups, the largest proportion being of African heritage or 'Any other White background'.

The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and therefore supported through the pupil premium is well above average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority.

The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The early years consists of children in the Nursery and Reception classes. Children attend the Nursery part time, either in the morning or afternoon.

All children attend the Reception full time. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements for the publication of specified information on its website.