Hillside Primary in Bradwell celebrates a good Ofsted report

Hillside Primary School. Hillside Primary School.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
10:52 AM

A Bradwell primary school has been praised for helping its pupils progress.

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Hillside Primary School in Lords Lane has been rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report, in which inspectors highlight effective teaching and good leadership.

The education watchdog said children in reception are well prepared for year one, effective teaching ensures older children make good progress in reading, writing and maths and that teachers have high expectation for pupils’ learning, maintain good relationships and manage behaviour well.

It noted the school, which has 225 pupils aged four to 11, had taken action to raise achievement since last year, such as providing additional support to boost standards in maths.

“In 2012 and 2013, figures showed that pupils made insufficient progress in all subjects, especially in maths where their progress was significantly below average.

“However, the current standards represent good and improved progress for the pupils now in Year 6, who left Year 2 with attainment that was lower than that of previous year groups and significantly below average. 
Headteacher Brigid Smith said “We are absolutely delighted to have kept our ‘good’ judgement, especially as the bar has been raised so much since our last inspection.

“We are very proud of our children, and staff and governors have worked hard to make sure that children enjoy their learning and make good progress.”

To become an ‘outstanding’ school Hillside must make some improvements, said inspectors, who visited Hillside on June 4 and 5.

“A few weaknesses remain in teaching; occasionally some pupils are given tasks which they find too difficult or too easy, limiting their learning,” they said.

“Pupils are not always shown clearly how to improve their literacy or numeracy skills through marking in different subjects.

“A significant number of parents expressed concerns, particularly about communication and leadership. They say they do not feel listened to, and their opinions are not valued.”

Ofsted’s inspectors added that Mrs Smith and the deputy headteacher are “providing good leadership and direction in improving teaching and learning and raising achievement” and are in turn supported by governors who “have a realistic view of teaching and have successfully overseen the management of the headteacher’s performance”.

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