Red Hill Primary School

Name Red Hill Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 February 2019
Address Red Hill, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6DA
Phone Number 02084674223
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 664 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Academy Sponsor The Pioneer Academy
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 12%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.4%
Persisitent Absence 7.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This school is considerably larger than an average-sized primary school. This school joined The Pioneer Academy in September 2016. Its predecessor school was judged to require improvement at its inspection in June 2015. The Pioneer Academy Trust’s board of trustees is the appropriate authority but delegates much of the work of running the school to the local school board. Documentation on the trust’s website clarifies these roles and responsibilities. The early years consists of three Reception classes. There are also three classes in Year 1 and Year 2. Pupils from a nearby infant school join Red Hill in Year 3, so all key stage 2 year groups have four classes. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is slightly lower than average. Fewer than one in ten pupils speak English as an additional language, and this is lower than average. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. Just under a third of pupils come from a range of different minority ethnic backgrounds, representing 14 of the 17 categories on the census. This is a slightly lower proportion than the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders at all levels, school board members and the central trust team have all been pivotal in the rapid improvements seen in the school since it opened as part of The Pioneer Academy. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum meets pupils’ needs well, enabling them to make good progress in a wide range of subjects. There is a strong focus on diversity and shared values. Provision for disadvantaged pupils is highly effective. Leaders spend the additional funding very well to ensure that any pupils falling behind get high-quality support to catch up. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do very well at this school. Leaders make sure that the curriculum meets their needs well so that they make strong progress. Due to the excellent professional development opportunities leaders provide, teachers are skilled and have good subject knowledge. However, there are still variations in the quality of feedback they give, particularly in mathematics. The teaching of writing is particularly effective. Pupils respond very well to the opportunities for editing and improving their work. However, in mathematics, teachers do not always give pupils enough opportunities to think and reason. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are thoughtful, considerate young people who respect each other and the adults around them. Pupils are very keen to learn and are proud of the work they produce. They talk confidently about their learning and focus very well in lessons. Leaders’ provision for pupils’ emotional well-being and mental health is exceptional. There is a strong focus on meeting pupils’ needs in these areas so that they are ready to learn. Children get off to a good start in their learning in early years. Teachers plan exciting tasks that spark children’s imagination, especially in the newly refurbished outdoor space.