Water Hall Primary School

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About Water Hall Primary School

Name Water Hall Primary School
Website http://www.waterhallprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Emma Seabourne
Address Fern Grove, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 3QF
Phone Number 01908377833
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 284
Local Authority Milton Keynes
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils feel happy, well supported and secure at this inclusive and welcoming school. Staff make sure that all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are fully included in school life. Parents and carers are positive about the school and know staff will help and support them alongside their children, if needed.

Pupils feel safe. Bullying is not tolerated. Leaders take swift and decisive action to resolve the rare incidents of bullying that occur.

Pupils have confidence that all staff will help them if they have a worry or concern. Staff keep the school's values of 'ready, respectful and responsible' at the heart of their wor...k. Pupils respond to this well.

For example, pupils move quietly and sensibly around the school and listen respectfully when adults are speaking.

Senior leaders have high expectations for pupils at this school, including those with SEND, to achieve well. However, currently, many pupils do not achieve as well as they should.

Pupils sometimes struggle to make connections in their learning and remember what they have learned. However, leaders are taking the right actions to make sure that pupils' achievement improves swiftly.

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

Leaders have adopted a broad and ambitious curriculum.

In a few subjects, for example mathematics and science, more experienced subject leaders have ensured clear expectations of what children will learn from early years to Year 6. In mathematics, important knowledge is clearly identified and organised into a coherent sequence of learning. This means pupils can make connections between topics to help them remember their learning.

In this subject, teachers know exactly what to teach and how to support all pupils to achieve well.

However, the curriculum for most other subjects is at an earlier stage of development. Here, subject leaders have not yet benefited from training to enable them to develop their subjects effectively.

Furthermore, leaders have not ensured that the key knowledge pupils need to learn is set out in sufficient detail from the start of early years. This means pupils do not develop their understanding as systematically as they should.

Teachers' subject knowledge is not consistently strong across the whole curriculum.

Where subject knowledge is stronger, teachers set tasks that help all pupils to learn effectively. However, sometimes, teachers lack expertise in designing tasks that help pupils to know and remember more over time. When this is the case, teachers do not always use effective strategies to help pupils connect new knowledge to what they already know.

For example, in design technology, pupils do not always complete projects in full. This means that they do not secure the essential knowledge they need to remember before moving on.Leaders prioritise reading.

They have high expectations for all pupils to learn to read fluently and with confidence. Children learn phonics right from the summer term in Nursery. If any pupil starts to fall behind in reading, they receive carefully considered interventions promptly.

All pupils say they enjoy reading and particularly enjoy story time when teachers share well-chosen texts with them.

Pupils behave well in school. The school's behaviour policy is understood clearly by staff, pupils and parents.

Pupils have positive attitudes to their learning. They are calm and engaged in lessons and around the school. Strong relationships exist between staff and pupils.

There is a culture of mutual respect.

Leaders' provision for pupils' personal development is strong. All pupils are supported well to develop their understanding of the world and their role within it.

Pupils are encouraged to think of others. For example, pupils have made links with residents in the local care home and have participated in a local community regeneration project. Pupils enjoy learning about different cultures through cooking and sharing food with visitors who come into school.

They also value inspirational visits from local employers, such as the Royal Air Force. These visits help pupils to learn about career choices and raise their aspirations for the future. Some pupils have the opportunity to take on leadership roles, such as playground buddies.

Leaders value pupils' opinions and ideas. For example, pupils have helped design and plan vinyl wall art to be installed inside the school to enhance and celebrate the pupils, their interests and their community.

Leaders, including officers from the multi-academy trust, work well together to improve the school.

They have a clear understanding of what they need to do to ensure that all pupils receive the quality of education that they deserve as quickly as possible.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have ensured that staff are trained in how to identify and report safeguarding concerns.

Teachers know pupils well and are able to identify pupils who may need help quickly. Concerns are recorded in detail and followed up immediately. Leaders work with external agencies, drawing on further support and expertise where required.

Leaders ensure that all appropriate checks are made to confirm that adults are safe to work in school.

Pupils learn how to stay safe both online and within their community. They are confident that any adult in school will help them if they need it.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Some subject leaders do not yet have the knowledge and skills to drive improvements in their curriculum area. As a result, pupils are not learning as well as they should across the curriculum. Senior leaders should ensure that all subject leaders have the knowledge and support needed to lead their subjects effectively.

• Teachers' subject knowledge is stronger in some subjects than it is in others. They do not always make the most effective pedagogical choices to allow pupils to achieve as well as they could in all subjects. Leaders need to strengthen teachers' subject knowledge in all subjects so that all pupils know and remember more across the whole curriculum.

• The curriculum in many subjects has not been planned with enough precision from early years through to Year 6. This means that pupils do not always learn the knowledge they need to develop understanding systematically over time. Leaders should ensure that they continue to develop the curriculum so that pupils can learn well in all subjects.

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