Whitehall Primary School

Name Whitehall Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Johnsons Lane, Whitehall, Bristol, BS5 9AT
Phone Number 01173773087
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 562 (51.8% boys 48.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 16.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.8%
Persisitent Absence 12.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 17.4%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 March 2013)
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Information about this school

This is a much larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and children from service families) is above average. There are currently no children from service families on the school roll. The proportion of pupils on the school’s register of special educational needs supported at school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. A large proportion of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds and an increasing proportion arrive at the school speaking little or no English. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. From starting points which are well below those expected for their age, pupils make outstanding progress so that by the end of Year 6, standards are above the national average Teaching is never less than good, with a high proportion of teaching which is outstanding. Teachers have very high expectations and plan exciting work that makes pupils want to learn and do well. Teaching assistants play a key role in making sure that all groups of pupils make better than expected progress. Pupils take great care and pride in their work and show impressive abilities in working on their own and in groups. A caring and nurturing atmosphere is evident throughout the school and contributes well to pupils’ outstanding behaviour, safety and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. There are many visitors to school and educational visits out of school which help to bring learning to life Pupils take part in lots of activities which involve reading and, as a result, they enjoy reading and acquire excellent comprehension skills. The dedicated headteacher is uncompromising in her determination to give pupils the best education possible and she is exceptionally well supported by very effective senior leaders and the governing body. All leaders are highly effective and this has been central to the school improving its performance since the last inspection.