Upland Primary School

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About Upland Primary School

Name Upland Primary School
Website http://www.upland.bexley.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Miss Charlotte Smiles
Address Church Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4DG
Phone Number 02083032175
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 471
Local Authority Bexley
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

The school encourages pupils to develop their independence, confidence and creativity.

Leaders have high expectations of all pupils in the school, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The school has set out an ambitious academic curriculum for all. These high expectations extend down to the early years, where the school ensures that children are exceptionally well prepared for future learning in Year 1 and beyond.

Pupils are kind, considerate and keen to learn. One pupil, typical of many, said: 'Upland is a community where everyone supports each other.' They are kept safe and they are comfortable speaking to a responsible adult i...f they have a problem that they wish to share.

Pupils are very enthusiastic about their learning and proud ambassadors for the school. They are excited to learn new knowledge and they regularly try their best.

The school organises a range of extracurricular opportunities for pupils.

Sports clubs are particularly popular and many pupils take part in sports competitions. Pupils also regularly attend educational outings beyond the school gates. For example, children in Reception visit a library, in Year 4 pupils carry out fieldwork on a river to expand their geographical knowledge and pupils in Year 5 go to the British Museum to aid their history studies.

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

The school has designed a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils. Subject leaders have thought carefully about what pupils should learn across all subjects in the curriculum. For example, in physical education, children learn to throw a ball in the early years.

By Year 2, pupils have learned to throw and catch balls in teams. In Year 5, pupils practise ball shooting, improve their footwork and participate in team sports. Leaders communicate well with staff and consult staff on any changes that may affect their workload.

Staff appreciate this and also feel that leaders take their well-being into account. Those responsible for governance check that the school is fulfilling its statutory responsibilities and help leaders to manage the school effectively.

Leaders have also made links between and within subjects to support pupils' learning.

For example, in Year 6 pupils study evolution in science while reading a book in English based on the scientist Charles Darwin. In the early years, leaders' curriculum thinking is extremely well thought through. Here, teachers provide all children with frequent opportunities to expand their vocabulary and improve their knowledge of the wider world.

In the majority of subjects, the curriculum is effectively delivered. For example, in mathematics and early reading, teachers regularly check that pupils understand all that they have been taught so that pupils can steadily build their understanding over time. In class, teaching provides pupils with frequent opportunities to practise what they have learned so that their understanding is fully consolidated before moving on.

In the early years, staff encourage all children to interact positively with each other, take turns and develop their speaking skills.

In a small number of subjects, teaching does not check that pupils understand some important knowledge that they are learning, or review what pupils have remembered. This means that, occasionally, some pupils do not fully understand what has been taught and cannot build strong foundations for future learning.

Leaders have refined the teaching of early reading over many years. The early reading curriculum steadily expands pupils' vocabulary and reading fluency over time. This is reflected in the school's excellent published academic outcomes for phonics.

Pupils who require help to improve their fluency receive all of the support that they need, through extra daily reading sessions.

Pupils are highly focused in class. All pupils participate in lessons eagerly and no one disrupts learning.

During class discussions, pupils listen readily to each other's opinions and respect different points of view. In the playground, pupils interact kindly. 'Play leaders' in Year 6 assist younger pupils by supervising and refereeing team games.

In the early years, children have been taught to follow teachers' instructions and classroom routines exceedingly closely. The school has also effectively supported pupils to attend school regularly. Consequently, attendance rates are high and rising.

Staff know the needs of pupils with SEND well. Teaching is appropriately adapted so that pupils with SEND build their knowledge and skills. They collaborate as needed with external agencies whenever necessary to support pupils with SEND.

The school ensures that pupils with SEND follow the same ambitious curriculum as their peers and staff provide personalised support for pupils where necessary.

The personal development programme is broad. The school organises many opportunities for pupils to take leadership roles.

These include community and anti-bullying ambassadors, librarians, and sports and reading leaders. As part of personal development classes, pupils are taught what healthy relationships look like. For example, in the early years, children learn about positive relationships in the classroom.

In Year 2, pupils learn what to do if they are feeling lonely. In Year 3, they learn about being part of a community, and in Year 5 pupils discuss the challenges of peer pressure.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a small number of subjects, the school does not routinely check that pupils know and understand some key knowledge. As a result, some pupils do not build their knowledge in these subjects as securely as they should. The school should ensure that teaching checks that pupils know, understand and remember key knowledge securely across all subjects.

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