Ofsted & DFE tables
We were delighted with the outcome of the inspection in 2015 where the school was judged as ‘good’ in all areas, with many significant strengths identified. We were also really pleased with the detail of the report itself, reflecting the hard work and commitment of the excellent staff team we have at Hazeldown as well as the attitude and approach to learning that our children display.
Strengths that were identified included:
- Leadership and management are good. The headteacher’s resolute leadership has been strengthened over the past year by the skilled team work of many new staff and governors.
- Good teamwork, refreshed governance and leadership at all levels have rapidly improved teaching and secured pupils’ good achievement.
- Hazeldown School is a harmonious community where every pupil is equally valued. They are well prepared for their next stage in education and for future life in modern Britain. The school’s stimulating range of learning opportunities also promotes the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well.
- Pupils enjoy school and are kept safe there. Consequently, the pupils behave well and demonstrate positive attitudes to their learning.
- Pupils’ attendance is consistently above average. The good quality care provided by the staff of the school is much appreciated by parents and pupils.
- Teaching is good across the school. It is typified by challenging questioning and raised expectations of pupils’ achievements. Occasionally, teaching is outstanding.
- Pupils have significantly quickened their progress and increasingly demonstrate a higher level of skills than normally expected for their age as they move through the school. This is increasingly so for disadvantaged pupils who are now supported well by the school’s very efficiently managed use of pupil premium funds.
- The current skills of pupils at the end of Years 2 and 6 are higher than those normally expected for their age. They show good achievement in relation to their prior attainment in reading, writing and mathematics.
- Provision for the early years is good. Children learn well in the Reception classes and are well prepared for Year 1.
Following the inspection, we initially focused on the three areas identified in the report under the section entitled ‘This school is not outstanding because’:
1 The school is not making best use of its outstanding practice to model and secure more high quality teaching.
2 At times, teachers do not check pupils’ understanding frequently enough in lessons and miss opportunities to present them with harder work to quicken their progress.
3 Pupils are not always required to show that they have understood the guidance they receive from teachers by improving their next piece of work and this limits their rate of progress.
We are confident that these are no longer areas for development with many examples now being strengths of the school such as the way we use excellent practice within the school to support and develop practice across other year groups and teams.
Since the last inspection, the school has continued an upward trajectory of improvement and results are positive being above both Devon and National figures in almost all areas.
Since the last inspection, we chose to become involved in the National Association of Headteachers ‘INSTEAD’ school-to-school monitoring programme in order to review progress and outcomes ‘between OFSTED inspections’. The outcome from this showed continued improvement and also developed strong links between the schools involved, which continue to benefit all parties. We continue to keep abreast of developments to the OFSTED Framework for Inspections and continually review our practice in order to provide an excellent education for the children in our care.