St George’s Hanover Square CofE Primary School

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About St George’s Hanover Square CofE Primary School


Name St George’s Hanover Square CofE Primary School
Website http://www.sghsprimary.co.uk/
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Harvey Webb
Address South Street, London, W1K 2XH
Phone Number 02076291196
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 98 (58.2% boys 41.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Local Authority Westminster
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy and safe at this welcoming school.

They enjoy learning. The school encourages pupils to become confident and to develop strength of character. For example, recently pupils performed poems that they had learned off by heart linked to Black history.

This has boosted their enthusiasm for learning.

Leaders are ambitious for pupils to learn well. They have thought about the subject content in English and mathematics they want pupils to know and when it should be taught.

They are developing the curriculum plans in other subjects. However, not all staff have the subject expertise to help pupils achieve highly.

Pupils' behaviour is ...generally calm and orderly.

Pupils know what is expected of them when moving around the school and at playtimes. Pupils said that they would tell an adult if they were worried about anything. They know what bullying is.

When it happens, teachers deal with it quickly.

Leaders have recently made new links with the wider community, including with local businesses, charities and subject experts, to enhance opportunities for pupils. For instance, pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 are working alongside a professional journalist to create a school magazine.

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

The school has experienced a period of unsettled leadership since 2018. Current leaders are at the early stages of establishing a quality education for all pupils at the school. Leaders have prioritised developing the curriculum in English and mathematics.

Leaders in other subjects are now beginning to identify the key content that they want pupils to know and the order in which it should be taught. In history, for instance, they are identifying the knowledge that pupils need to know by the time they move on to the next stage in their education. Other curriculum subjects, such as art and music, have recently been given greater priority.

For instance, art has been taught by a specialist since the autumn term 2021. The school's curriculum matches the ambition of the national curriculum.

Some teachers have received training on teaching phonics.

This helps children to make a strong start to reading in the early years. Children read books that match the sounds they know. They practise reading regularly.

Some other staff are not as well trained to help pupils build reading fluency or catch up quickly. Leaders have designed the reading curriculum to support older pupils to expand their vocabulary by learning new words. Typically, teachers help pupils to develop effective reading strategies, for example by modelling how a reader thinks when they are reading.

Some staff do not have the subject knowledge needed to deliver curriculum content confidently beyond their areas of expertise. In some subjects, teachers rely heavily on curriculum plans provided and follow them exactly. They do not check how well pupils have understood new learning before introducing new content.

Pupils' learning is not secure when teachers move on too quickly before pupils have a grasp of recently taught content. Leaders have not made sure that staff have received training to help them to adapt the curriculum for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Leaders have plans in place to deliver training for staff.

Some teachers check what pupils know to identify misconceptions and inform what should be taught next. However, assessment is not used routinely to help pupils to embed and use knowledge securely.

Leaders provide opportunities for pupils to build character in a number of ways.

Each classroom has a reflection area to develop pupils' spirituality. Pupils have opportunities to take responsibility for their local environment through initiatives such as 'eco-club' and working with local businesses on projects, including recycling. Pupils celebrate differences and are encouraged to be respectful towards people who have different faiths and cultures.

They are taught about healthy relationships, what a real friendship is and how to recognise those who are trustworthy.

Children in Reception have settled in quickly since they joined the school in September. They follow instructions and routines readily.

The oldest pupils are particularly diligent in their approach to learning. Throughout the school, pupils' typically sensible behaviour helps lessons to proceed uninterrupted.

Governors know the school well.

They have an accurate view of the school's strengths and what needs to be developed. Governors meet regularly with leaders and ask challenging questions about the quality of education that the school provides. Staff said they feel supported by leaders regarding their workload and well-being.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff receive up-to-date training. Leaders train staff to be vigilant for the signs that may mean a pupil needs help.

For example, leaders use safeguarding scenarios to help staff to think about the action they would take should any problems arise. All staff know how to report any concerns and who to go to for support. Records show that they do so swiftly should any concerns arise.

Through the school's curriculum, pupils are taught about possible risks to their well-being. They know how to stay safe online, including the importance of not revealing personal details.

Leaders secure the help pupils need by working with external services as appropriate.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Leaders and teachers do not use assessment well. They do not regularly check what pupils know and remember or help pupils to embed their learning. Leaders and teaching staff should make effective use of assessment to support pupils' learning, including those with SEND, and use the information to inform teaching.

• Some staff have not had appropriate subject training to teach the curriculum beyond their areas of expertise. This means that not all pupils learn new concepts securely. Leaders should ensure that all staff are supported to address any gaps in their knowledge of subjects so that they are confident to teach subjects and support pupils' understanding.