Heathfield Primary School

Ofsted Inspection Report

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was carried out in June 2018.  Ofsted rated our school as Good.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils:-

  • This is a good school
  • The school’s dedicated leadership team and the academy committee board members have a clear vision for the school.
  • Leaders have been successful in securing improvements in this school. As a result, teaching, learning and assessment are good and standards have risen.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge which they use to plan interesting lessons that help pupils learn.
  • Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities receive carefully planned interventions. Consequently, pupils make good progress.
  • Pupils value the range of opportunities they are given so that they can take on additional responsibilities and develop their leadership skills.
  • Leaders regularly monitor the quality of teaching, learning and progress. However, their use of this information to check the impact of support on pupils’ progress and inform an accurate self-evaluation is underdeveloped and at times, overgenerous.
  • Arrangements for keeping pupils safe are a strength of the school’s work. Staff provide a safe place for pupils to learn. Adults teach pupils the skills they need to keep themselves safe. Pupils feel safe and are safe at school.
  • Parents and carers are mostly positive about the school. They have confidence that the school is improving. They say behaviour has improved and believe their children are well taught.
  • Leaders and teachers provide writing opportunities across the curriculum. However, pupils are not routinely provided with sufficient support or guidance to produce their best writing. Teachers do not model a consistent approach to handwriting.
  • Recently, leaders have introduced class texts to inspire a love of reading and this has had a marked effect on pupils’ progress in reading.
  • Leadership in the early years is effective. Children are given rich opportunities to develop their skills across the curriculum. There is a well-judged focus on developing children’s spoken language skills, so that children can develop into confident communicators.

Read the full Ofsted inspection report

Visit the Ofsted web page for Heathfield Primary