Springhead Infant and Nursery School

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About Springhead Infant and Nursery School

Name Springhead Infant and Nursery School
Website http://www.springhead.oldham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mrs Gillian Kay
Address Cooper Street, Springhead, Oldham, OL4 4QT
Phone Number 01617705620
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 180
Local Authority Oldham
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Springhead Infant and Nursery School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy school. They think that their lessons are exciting and fun. Pupils love visiting the school's big field to play, learn and explore.

Through regular trips, pupils broaden their experiences.

Leaders want the very best for all pupils. They have planned an exciting curriculum which captures pupils' imagination as they learn and remember.

Pupils are successful in their learning. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Through their many leadership roles, pupils are fully involved in school life.
.../>For example, planet protectors make careful decisions about how to reduce waste in school. Pupil well-being champions help leaders ensure that everyone is looked after well. Younger children learn how to care for the pet tortoise, Esio Trot.

Pupils try their best in lessons. At playtimes, they play happily with their friends. Children in the early years move around the classroom areas calmly and safely.

Pupils are proud of the medals that they earn for behaving well.

Pupils feel safe and secure in school. They describe their teachers as kind and helpful.

Pupils are confident that they can share any worries with adults in school. Pupils know that if any bullying should occur, their teachers would deal with it quickly.

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

Leaders have high ambitions for all pupils.

To achieve this ambition, leaders have ensured that the school's curriculum is carefully planned. They have considered in detail what pupils should learn in different subjects. The curriculum sets out exactly what important knowledge pupils need to know and remember.

Subject leaders have given careful thought to how pupils should build their learning in a well-ordered way. In most subjects, the curriculum plans contain precise details about what pupils need to know before moving on to new learning. For example, in art and design, teachers make sure that pupils learn how to paint and draw in carefully planned steps, starting in the Nursery class.

This helps pupils to deepen their learning. In a small number of subjects, curriculum plans are less detailed about how pupils will build knowledge across year groups.

In lessons, teachers make regular checks to make sure that pupils are learning well.

In most subjects, subject leaders have a detailed view of how well pupils are remembering and building important knowledge. In other subjects, checks are being further developed by leaders. This is to ensure that they have a more precise overview of how well pupils are remembering their learning.

Leaders have placed reading firmly at the centre of the school's curriculum. Across the school, reading areas are attractive and full of interesting books for pupils to enjoy. Teachers share a wide range of books and stories with their classes.

They encourage pupils to develop a love of reading. Teachers help children to listen to and recognise new sounds from the time they start in Nursery. Staff teach phonics in well-planned steps.

Teachers carefully match reading books to pupils' phonics knowledge. Leaders make sure that pupils get just the right support when they are struggling to keep up with the reading curriculum. These actions help pupils to develop as confident and fluent readers, including pupils with SEND.

The special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) works closely with staff, parents, carers and a range of other professionals. This ensures that staff identify with accuracy any additional needs that pupils may have. Staff make well-considered adaptations to their teaching to help pupils with SEND access the same curriculum as other pupils.

For example, teachers give pupils more time and support to follow instructions and record their work when needed. Leaders check any additional teaching sessions that they provide for pupils with SEND to make sure that they are helpful. Pupils with SEND achieve well.

Governors keep a careful check on the school's curriculum. They provide the right balance of challenge and support for leaders. Governors share leaders' determination to support staff's well-being.

They are considerate of teachers' workload when making decisions.

Leaders ensure that pupils know how to be active, kind and thoughtful citizens. School councillors run the school tuck shop.

They help decide what equipment to buy for pupils to enjoy at playtimes. Pupils follow the school's golden rules, such as being kind and helpful to others. Pupils behave well so that everyone can get on with their learning.

Teachers develop pupils' knowledge of the wider world. For example, pupils learn about religions, including Christianity and Islam.

Staff feel very well supported by leaders.

They appreciate the time that they have to work with other staff in school and across the federation. This helps staff to share and develop their expertise.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders provide regular safeguarding training for all staff. This means that staff are alert to signs of possible abuse or neglect. They understand the right action to take if they have a concern about a pupil.

Leaders and pastoral staff work closely with a range of agencies to support pupils and their families. Leaders ensure that pupils benefit from the right support when needed.

The curriculum helps pupils understand how to keep themselves safe.

For example, they learn how to stay safe when using the internet. Pupils know that they should speak to a trusted adult if they ever feel unsafe.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, leaders are taking steps to strengthen the sequencing of curriculum plans.

This is because a small number of plans lack precise details about how pupils should build on and link their previous learning. Leaders should ensure that the improved curriculum plans in these subjects are used by teachers to plan work which deepens pupils' understanding. ? Assessment systems to check how well pupils are learning are being further developed and improved by some subject leaders.

At present, not all subject leaders have precise knowledge of how well pupils know and remember the taught curriculum. Leaders should ensure that the improvement of the checks take place in order that all subject leaders have clear oversight of how well pupils are learning.


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

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection as a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in October 2016.

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