Hackthorn Church of England Primary
LEA area : Lincolnshire
Unique Reference Number: 120572
Headteacher: Mr M. Oyston
Reporting inspector: Mr S. P. Walker
Dates of inspection: 13th to 15th July 1999
Under OFSTED contract number: 706098
Inspection carried out under Section 10 of the School Inspections Act 1996
What the school does well:
• By the end of both key stages, pupils’ standards of attainment are above average in English, mathematics and science and most other subjects.
• Pupils make good progress throughout the school and particularly good progress in Key Stage 2.
• The quality of all the teaching in the school is good.
• The curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 is very good.
• The pupils have very good attitudes to learning, are very well behaved and the excellent relationships, which the school fosters, results in pupils’ personal development being very good.
• The school makes very good provision for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
• There is very good provision made to support and guide pupils and great care is taken over their welfare,
• The leadership and management of the school are very good and the quality of the headteacher’s leadership is excellent.
• This is a very efficient school where the financial control is very secure and the school administration is very good.
Where the school has weaknesses
• The curriculum provided for children under five is not related closely enough to their particular needs and does not fully reflect the recommended Desirable Learning Outcomes for children of this age.
• The role of the governing body is not sufficiently developed and they do not have a high enough profile as partners in the leadership of the school
Hackthorn Church of England Primary School is a very good school,
Hackthorn Church of England Primary School is a very good school, which has many strengths of which it can be justifiably proud. The weaknesses are outweighed by what the school does well. The governors’ action plan will be sent to all parents or guardians of pupils at the school and will set out how the weaknesses identified during the inspection are to be addressed.
How the school has improved since the last inspection The school has addressed most of the issues pointed out in its last inspection report. It has made good improvement since the last inspection. The school is now better than it was. The school has sustained or improved the standards achieved in all subjects with the exception of information technology, which has not improved as much as the other subjects. The school development plan is a good quality strategic planning document, which is successfully moving the school forward. The quality of the school’s policies is good and the curriculum planning is very good in both key stages. The system of registration complies with legal requirements. The school has a very good capacity for further improvement.
Teaching is of a good standard across the school. It was very good in 35 per cent of lessons and good in the remaining 65 per cent. The quality of teaching is consistently good in throughout the school. There is good provision for the different ages and attainment levels within each class. The teachers’ good subject knowledge, high expectations of the pupils and the good organisation and management make a strong contribution to the good quality of teaching. Literacy and numeracy are taught well in both classes.
Inspectors make judgements about teaching in the range: excellent; very good; good; satisfactory; unsatisfactory; poor; very poor. Satisfactory’ means that strengths outweigh any weaknesses.
Other aspects of the school
The majority of pupils are very well behaved both in the classrooms and outside in the playground.
Most pupils arrive at school punctually, they enjoy coming to school and the level of attendance is good.
This school has a very good ethos. Pupils have very positive attitudes to their work, and relationships are excellent throughout the school. All adults who work or help in this school are hardworking and committed to the care and education of the pupils and to helping them attain high standards.
Leadership and management
The headteacher gives excellent leadership, and his style is exactly right for this school. He has developed a strong sense of partnership between governors, staff and parents. The governors are active and supportive but have not developed their role and status in the management of the school.
The curriculum for both key stages is very well planned, very broad and balanced and meets all statutory requirements. It is enhanced by the provision for extra-curricular activities and the out of school visits which the pupils make and by the visitors who bring different skills and insights to the school. The curriculum for children under five years of age is satisfactory overall.
Pupils with special educational needs
The school makes good provision for pupils with special educational needs. Records of progress are clear and are used well to produce relevant targets for the very good quality individual education plans.
Spiritual, moral, social & cultural development
The school makes very good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Staffing, resources and accommodation
The support staff are very experienced and well trained. All staff are appropriately deployed and teachers’ strengths are suitably matched to their areas of responsibility. The resources for subjects are satisfactory and they are accessible to pupils and used well. The accommodation is good and is cared for, maintained and cleaned to a high standard. However the lack of a school hall and the fact that school field at the present time is unusable, results in unsatisfactory provision in this area which results in the school being unable to deliver the required physical education programme.
Value for money
The school gives good value for money.
The parents’ views of the school
What most parents like about the school
That their children like school and that their children are happy at school.
The welcoming, caring, friendly family atmosphere of the school.
That they find it easy to approach the school with problems or questions about their children.
The school’s values and attitudes have a positive effect on the children
What some parents are not happy about
The lack of sports facilities due to the unsafe condition of the field since the recent building works, and the negative impact this has had on the school’s provision of physical education.
The responses to the questionnaire sent to parents prior to the inspection indicate a high level of satisfaction with the standards achieved by their children. Inspectors’ judgements support the parents’ views outlined above.
KEY ISSUES FOR ACTION
In order to raise standards and the quality of education further in what is already a very good school, the governing body, headteacher and staff should:
• improve the provision for children under five by providing a carefully planned curriculum which fully reflects the Desirable Learning Outcomes for children under five and provides for the particular needs of these children; (The school is aware of this issue and it is reflected in the school development plan.)
• improve the management of the school by establishing a clear managerial role for the governing body and raising their profile as partners in the leadership of the school.
The whole inspection report is available at school