Hillcrest Primary School

Name Hillcrest Primary School
Website http://www.hillcrest.bristol.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Address Cemetery Road, Totterdown, Bristol, BS4 3DE
Phone Number 01173772440
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 409 (49.1% boys 50.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.2
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 7.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.1%
Persistent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.6%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

Hillcrest Primary School is larger than most primary schools with, currently, two classes in all year groups.

It is maintained by the local authority and works closely with nearby partner schools. The governing body has a full complement of 15 governors. The school draws pupils from and beyond a suburb of Bristol.

There are slightly more girls than boys. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average, as are those identified as needing an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium funding is below average.

This promotes the achievement of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, adopted from care or who are children looked after. In 2015 the school met the current floor standards, which are the minimum standards for the attainment and progress of pupils. The school meets the requirements for publishing information on its website.


Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school’s values of resilience, innovation, partnerships and excellence are evident in all its work. They are reflected in the way pupils behave, teachers plan learning and members of the school community relate to each other. The headteacher has driven school improvement with determination, sensitivity and high expectations.

All members of staff universally support his leadership The governing body is highly committed to ensuring that the school is an excellent place where pupils feel happy and enjoy learning. Governors know the school well and communicate effectively with parents and teachers. Leaders’ knowledge of the school’s strengths and areas to develop further is accurate.

Senior leaders are imaginative and creative in developing aspects of the school’s work, such as implementing an effective assessment system. Pupils achieve well because of the good teaching they receive. Disadvantaged pupils make the same good progress as other pupils in the school.

Teachers plan learning which provides pupils with tasks that challenge them and deepen their understanding, especially in mathematics. Pupils relish the wide range of opportunities to take part in high-quality enrichment activities. Effective training has improved the quality of teaching and successfully developed leaders’ skills.

The school cares for its pupils very well and keeps them safe. Safeguarding procedures are followed rigorously. Pupils’ enthusiasm for learning is outstanding.

They willingly tackle challenging tasks with determination and resilience. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Feedback and marking in topic subjects, particularly in terms of literacy, are not as effective as they are in mathematics and English. In topic work, many pupils are not clear about how well they have done and what they need to do to improve their learning.

Pupils’ writing in their topic books is not of the same high quality as it is in their literacy books. Some disadvantaged and summer-born pupils in the early years are not well placed to start Year 1. Some pupils in Year 2 do not always understand what they read.