Liss Infant School

Name Liss Infant School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Hillbrow Road, Liss, GU33 7LQ
Phone Number 01730892666
Type Primary
Age Range 4-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 134 (58.2% boys 41.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 15.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.0%
Persistent Absence 5.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.0%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement There have been considerable changes to the school since the previous inspection.

Turbulence among the teaching and leadership team has prevented the school from making more rapid progress. Leaders are striving to address variations in the quality of teaching. The quality of teaching is not yet consistently good.

Pupils' outcomes in mathematics are not as good as they should be. Work provided for pupils is not always at the right level of challenge. Some teachers do not have high enough expectations of what pupils can achieve.

Teachers do not always make clear exactly what they want their pupils to learn. In some lessons, teachers try to cover too much ground and consequently pupils become confused about what they are learning. There are too few opportunities for pupils to write longer pieces of work to build their stamina for writing.

They do not all punctuate or spell as well as they should. Consequently, standards in writing are too low. In some lessons, valuable learning time is lost, such as when pupils move slowly between tasks.

There is not always enough challenge for the most able pupils. The school has the following strengths Since her appointment in September 2018, the executive headteacher, supported by her leaders and governors, has acted decisively to tackle areas of weakness. Pupils' behaviour is good.

Pupils are happy, they enjoy school and they feel safe in school. Adults provide high-quality care for them. Pupils make good progress in reading.

They have a good grasp of skills, including phonics, that helps them to tackle unfamiliar words. Provision for early years is a strength of the school. This is because the new leader has a good understanding of the learning and developmental needs of young children.

Governors provide a good balance of support and professional challenge to school leaders. Subject leaders have acted on guidance and help from the local authority. They have put into place actions to raise standards.

Information about this school

The school became federated with the adjacent junior school in September 2018. The headteacher of the junior school was appointed as executive headteacher of the federation at the same time. This followed the retirement of the previous long-standing headteacher of the infant school.

There have been several changes to the teaching team since the previous inspection. The school has been in receipt of support for English, mathematics and SEND from advisers from the local authority. The school is smaller than most primary schools and pupils are taught in single-age classes.

The large majority of pupils are of White British heritage although there has recently been an increase in the numbers of pupils from minority ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is lower than usual. There is a smaller proportion of pupils with SEND than found in most schools nationally.