Ashby primary school maintains its 'outstanding' rating after latest Ofsted inspection

By Graham Hill

24th May 2024 | Local News

Hill Top Primary School in Ashby. Photo:
Hill Top Primary School in Ashby. Photo:

Ashby Hill Top Primary School has retained its 'outstanding' rating after its first Ofsted inspection in more than a decade.

The Beaumont Way-based school has been highlighted for its rules of 'be ready, be respectful, be safe' and that parents are 'fulsome in its praise'.

An inspectors' report says that the rating of outstanding from 2013 should continue.

The report says: "Pupils are deeply proud to be 'Hill Toppers'. 

"They explain that they all live together well because they accept and value each other. Everyone belongs. 

"Pupils are completely confident that their individual needs are understood by staff and peers alike. 

"They feel safe to be themselves and are absolutely sure that all adults will help them if needed.

"The school's rules of 'be ready, be respectful, be safe' are understood by all. The youngest children resolve disagreements amicably. Older pupils explain how they accommodate each other with grace. 

"Pupils lead projects to make the school even better through small changes such as recycling pens and larger projects such as refurbishing the library."

The report asks what does the school do well and what does it need to do better? 

It says: "The school wants every child to have 'the brightest of beginnings'. This starts right from their earliest days.

"There is a plethora of opportunities for families to get to know the staff before their children start full time. 

"The school gets the right help in place for children's additional needs so that they settle straight away. 

"Staff have the highest expectations of all. Routines for learning are deeply embedded. 

"Children know exactly what to do as they get involved in activities independently.

"Immediate checks are made on what they know in mathematics and children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported extremely effectively to build their knowledge well.

"The curriculum has been carefully crafted. Pupils understand deeply the locality of Ashby and their place in the world beyond. Through tightly sequenced teaching, staff have made sure that in every mixed-age class all pupils build securely on prior knowledge in mathematics. 

"The school's values of 'belong, thrive, succeed' are understood by all. 

Pupils develop an exceptionally strong understanding of fundamental British values.

"They can explain how in this country everyone 'has to follow the rules, but you are free to have your own beliefs too.' 

"Pupils are keen to come to school every day and attendance is strong. Parents believe that their children are ready for secondary education. They say: 'They were so well prepared when the time came, and I realised the role that the school played in this.' Pupils have detailed knowledge of the dangers they might face and what they should do. 

All staff say that 'children are at the heart' of everything that they are asked to do. They say that judicious decisions are made so that any changes are manageable and do improve the school. 

"Everyone shares an aspiration to do their best for the school and to serve the local area, too."


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