Slimbridge Primary School

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About Slimbridge Primary School

Name Slimbridge Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Lisa Hillman
Address St John’s Road, Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7DD
Phone Number 01453890216
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 131
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils describe their school as a friendly school. They say that all pupils are welcome.

This is because the school has created an inclusive environment. Pupils feel that staff value and celebrate their achievements.

Pupils enjoy school and show positive attitudes to their learning.

They generally behave well in lessons. Older pupils in particular rise to meet the high expectations of their teachers. At playtimes, pupils play well together and across the age groups.

They usually resolve any difficult situations they encounter with their peers themselves. Pupils know the school rules of 'ready, respectful and safe' and can explain how they put these i...nto action.

Pupils feel safe in school.

They state that bullying is rare but know who to speak to if they do have any concerns. Both pupils and parents value the nurture and care provided to them by all staff in the school.

The school has ensured that all pupils have access to the same learning and extra-curricular opportunities.

Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive the support they need to be successful.

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

The school has been through significant changes in senior leadership. There is now more stability in the school.

The school is ambitious for every pupil. The focus has been on strengthening the curriculum to support this ambition. In most subjects, the curriculum is well designed and sequenced.

Teachers know what to teach and when to teach it. In mathematics, for example, pupils develop their mathematical thinking successfully over time. This supports them to have secure knowledge to be able to reason mathematically and solve complex problems.

Pupils have a love of reading. The school has made this a priority. Reading is promoted in classrooms and across the school.

Pupils can name different authors. They thoroughly enjoy listening to their teachers read to them. Pupils are encouraged to read and understand increasingly complex texts.

Children in Reception have a strong start when learning to read. Most pupils learn the sounds that letters make well. However, some pupils who struggle with reading do not receive the targeted support they need to help them to apply this knowledge.

As a result, they do not read as fluently as they need to.

In history, pupils enjoy learning about different time periods. They can recall their learning over time.

This supports them to build their knowledge well. However, pupil's learning is not as secure in some other subjects in the wider curriculum. The school has not, at present, checked how well pupils remember what they are taught.

Pupils do not build their knowledge as well in these subjects.

The right expertise is in place to be able to meet the needs of pupils with SEND. Pupils have precise targets to work towards.

These are used to adapt learning to help pupils with SEND progress through the curriculum and learn successfully. Parents take part in the support and decision-making for their children.

Children in the early years have a smooth transition into life at school.

They learn the routines and expectations quickly. The school has designed a curriculum that provides a variety of learning activities to motivate children. There are many opportunities to extend children's speech and language.

Children are supported well to learn new vocabulary and use it in context. Relationships between staff and children are positive.

The school supports pupils' well-being and mental health.

Pupils relish the opportunities to develop their own leadership skills. They are keen to be part of the school council and become sports leaders or buddies to younger children. Close links with the local community are highly valued.

The school encourage pupils to show tolerance and respect through their wider experiences. Visitors to the school, such as musicians, along with trips to museums, enhance pupils' learning. Staff receive support from the school, which helps them to reduce their workload so they can prioritise the impact they make on pupils' learning and development.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some pupils who struggle with reading do not get the precise support they need to help them apply their phonics knowledge successfully. As a result, they are not increasing in their reading fluency.

The school must ensure that pupils have enough support and time to practise in order to catch up quickly to their peers and read with greater fluency. ? In some subjects, the design and implementation of the curriculum is not fully established. The school has not had the opportunity to check how well pupils learn, record their learning and remember learning over time.

Pupils do not build their knowledge as well in these subjects. The school should ensure that there is time to evaluate and fully monitor subjects. This will ensure that the school has the necessary understanding to continue the improvements it has started.

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