Hambleton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School continues to be a good school according to a recent inspection by education watchdog, Ofsted.
The inspection, which took place between Tuesday, January 25 and Wednesday, January 26 was the first routine inspection since the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, which was published on Friday, March 18 said: “Pupils are proud to attend this school, they are caring, welcoming and respectful to everyone.” The students were also noted to have a full grasp on the anti-bullying scheme and could clearly point to acts of unfairness. Leaders at the school were praised on their creation of a curriculum structure bespoke to the school, which considers how each subject builds year on year in order for the children to develop cross-over links in their learning.
An example of this was included in the report, which said: “In computing, pupils in Year 1 learn to create simple programmes, this is advanced and built upon until Year 5, where students can design, input and test a complex set of instructions to programme a device.” Another aspect of the curriculum that the report emphasised was the mathematics taught at the school, which the inspector mentioned had significantly developed over the last three years. The mathematics department was described as well established, with a teaching scheme which was consistent throughout a child’s time at the school. The report did however, find that the recently implemented change to the teaching of phonics in the early years was inconsistent. The report specified the need for leaders to ensure further training and support for teachers new to the changes.
Liaison with lead members of the school’s staff and the governing body were highlighted to be effective. An example included in the assessment regarded the governors wishes that staff workload and well-being be a high priority for those in the leadership team. It was said that: “The governors know that leaders take effective action to address any actions that the body recommends.” Activities which deviate from the classroom were acknowledged by the report to be substantial. Opportunities that enabled pupils to foster their personal development included a membership in religious or environmental based groups and the chance to become leaders themselves and contribute to the community in the Year Six driven Hambleton Young Leaders group. Liaison with lead members of the school’s staff and the governing body were highlighted to be effective. An example included in the assessment regarded the governors wishes that staff workload and well-being be a high priority for those in the leadership team. It was said that: “The governors know that leaders take effective action to address any actions that the body recommends.”
Headteacher of Hambleton CE Primary School, Tim Williams said: “We were delighted that the inspection highlighted the excellent opportunities for personal development at Hambleton School. “During the inspection we were very pleased that the views of the children, and the progress of their learning, was thoroughly checked. As ever, our children were fabulous ambassadors for the school and they brilliantly upheld the school’s Christian Values and nurturing ethos.”
Headteacher Mr Williams with pupils from Year six. (14-04-211 SU)