Tapton School Academy Trust

Hillsborough Primary continues to be a 'good' school

The school was visited by Ofsted in January on a short inspection, following its 'good' judgement in 2015.

In the report, inspectors highlighted the positive impact of the new Headteacher, who is 'implementing identified improvements' alongside senior leaders, trustees and governors. 

The inspection found that pupils at the school are happy, behaviour during lessons is positive and the curriculum is well planned. It also noted that pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are well supported and receive a 'broad and balanced curriculum.'

Nicola Wileman, Headteacher, said: "We were really pleased that the work that we have done as a staff team over the past 18 months at Hillsborough was recognised during the inspection and I am particularly proud of the way our curriculum approach was received. This children, as always, did us proud too and could succinctly articulate what it was like to be a pupil at this school."

The report recommends improvements in lunchtime behaviour, and in teaching in specific areas of reading, in order to maintain standards, and the school will receive a full inspection within the next 18 months. 

Nicola continued: "Another inspection in 18 months will allow us time to further embed the changes that are being made rapidly in school and will ensure that we are in a strong position to show that standards are continually improving in all areas."

Angela Lant, Director of Primaries at TSAT, said: "We are really pleased with the way the school is developing and the vision of the Headteacher and her team. The Trust will continue to work closely with the school to ensure it goes from strength to strength."

Key Facts

  • The purpose of a short, section 8 inspection, is to confirm whether the school remains good
  • If there is evidence that the grade could change on a full section 5 inspection, this will typically take place within one or two years.