The Hill Primary School

Name The Hill Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Peppard Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8TU
Phone Number 01189375560
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 448 (49.3% boys 50.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Local Authority Reading
Percentage Free School Meals 5.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.2%
Persistent Absence 3.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (13 November 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Just over a quarter of all pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium (additional funding from the government for some groups of pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals, those in the care of the local authority and those with a parent in the armed services) is low. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Most pupils, including the most-able pupils, make good progress from their starting points on entry to the school. Attainment by the end of Key Stage 1 has risen steadily since 2010 and has been consistently above average. Following a dip in attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 in 2013, achievement has improved and is now good. Pupils currently in Year 6 are on track to reach above average attainment in national tests at the end of the year, a continuation of the upward trend of previous years. Progress in all key stages is good and all groups achieve well. Disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and the small numbers known to be eligible for free school meals, make good progress because the school takes exceptionally good care of individuals, particularly those who circumstances make them more vulnerable. Pupils are very proud of their school and feel safe within its walls. They behave well in lessons and around the school and older pupils take the lead in looking after younger ones. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development outstandingly well. Music and the arts are particularly very well promoted. Pupils are excited by the well planned and vibrant topics which teachers plan for them and love learning in the vibrant outdoor area. The headteacher, other leaders and governors are strongly committed to ensuring the best education and wider opportunities are provided for all pupils. They are ambitious for the school and successful in maintaining good achievement and teaching. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are not yet making outstanding progress over time because there is not yet sufficient outstanding teaching, and a small number of lessons still require improvement. Progress in writing, although good, is not as strong as in reading or mathematics.