St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Hinckley

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About St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Hinckley

Name St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Hinckley
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Rachel Ayres
Address Station Road, Hinckley, LE10 1AW
Phone Number 01455637477
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 274
Local Authority Leicestershire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

St Mary's Primary School is much loved by pupils, parents and carers. Pupils are happy and say that the staff look after them well. The school is a welcoming, caring and positive environment.

The majority of parents who expressed a view would recommend the school. One parent echoed the views of many others when they said, 'This school is like a home from home for my child: they are so happy here.'

Pupils learn to respect each other.

They behave well, are kind to each other and use their good manners around school. Pupils feel safe at the school and staff know them well. There are very positive relationships between pupils and staff.

The values that ...underpin its ethos thread through everything the school does. Pupils reflect these values in the way that they respect and celebrate difference. They work hard to improve their learning.

They live out the school motto, 'Dream, Believe, Achieve'.

Staff have high ambitions for all pupils. They are passionate about 'developing the whole child' into a 'global citizen'.

They provide extensive opportunities for pupils' personal development. However, the curriculum is not well planned in all subjects.

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

Pupils have very positive attitudes to learning.

They are eager to learn and be stretched by more challenging work. This is evident from the start of their time in school. Children in the early years, for example, are already developing the skills to improve their portrait artwork based on feedback from teachers.

Pupils enjoy their lessons. Teachers present information clearly and are knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. In science, for example, teachers recap on prior learning and use questions at the start of lessons to check pupils' understanding.

This helps teachers to identify what pupils know and what they still need to learn. Teachers use this knowledge to ensure that pupils get the level of support and challenge they need. Most teachers assess pupils' learning in lessons to pick up on and address any misconceptions pupils may have.

In some lessons, teachers choose activities that do not enable pupils to learn the intended knowledge as quickly as they could. Some pupils are left waiting to take the next steps that will extend their understanding of the subject. They can become frustrated as a result.

The school has effective systems in place to identify and support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Teachers know pupils' needs well. When necessary, teachers adapt what they teach and how they teach it to meet pupils' needs.

There have been further developments to the curriculum so that it is clear what pupils should know and remember in most subjects. However, the important knowledge and skills pupils need are not clearly identified in all subjects. This limits pupils' ability to build their learning securely, step by step.

For example, clearly sequenced curriculums are not yet in place for history and mathematics. Currently, these curriculums do not identify exactly what pupils need to learn by the end of each year. Work is underway to resolve this.

There is a clear love of reading across the school. Guided reading sessions take place and all pupils read regularly to an adult. Pupils show very positive attitudes to reading.

They are keen to complete their 'five reads' to win the chance of choosing a book from the vending machine. Teachers model an enthusiasm for reading, and children in the early years are captivated during story time.

There is a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics to pupils who are at the early stages of reading.

All staff have had the phonics training they need to help pupils become accurate and fluent readers.

Children in early years enjoy learning a well-structured curriculum that meets their needs and prepares them well for their next steps. They quickly begin to thrive in the rich learning environment.

Staff have high expectations for pupils' behaviour. Pupils rise to these expectations and behave very well. They help each other and are keen to make sure there are 'no outsiders'.

Pupils' personal development is a strength of the school. Pupils act as members of the school parliament and digital leaders. The many experiences pupils enjoy build their understanding of what it means to be a responsible citizen.

Pupils have a good understanding of different religions. Regular assemblies provide rich learning opportunities that enhance pupils' moral and social development.

Staff say that leaders care about their well-being as well as that of the pupils.

They value the support they receive. Staff enjoy working at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, the curriculums do not identify exactly what pupils need to have learned by the end of each year. This limits pupils' ability to build their learning steadily and securely. The school needs to ensure that all subject curriculums are coherently planned and sequenced towards ambitious end points to enable pupils to build their learning over time.

• On occasions, some teachers' choice of activities for pupils to complete limits how well pupils progress through the curriculum. When this is the case, pupils do not always receive opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding when they are ready, which can leave them frustrated. The school should ensure that all teachers know how best to teach knowledge in the subjects they teach, so that all pupils have the opportunity to progress well through the curriculum.

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