Blue Bell Hill Primary School is in St Ann’s in the City of Nottingham and was designated as ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted 2008), this was affirmed by an interim assessment in April 2011. We became a stand alone Academy in October 2013. The area is currently undergoing a regeneration programme where some of the housing is being replaced by more family accommodation.
The school works hard to maintain its Outstanding status. It is essential to ensure that consistently excellent teaching enables pupils to make the progress necessary for both them and the school to meet demanding targets. We have high expectations for all our children and staff.
This is a challenging yet very exciting place that requires total commitment from everyone. The rewards are great! We are proud of our achievements and we love to celebrate success! The school was recognised by the Government for narrowing the gap for our most vulnerable pupils in 2013.
Parental support is good but we are always looking for ways to develop it. Unemployment, family turbulence and social care involvement is high. About 44% of pupils are entitled to free school meals. Approximately 40% of children are recorded as having special educational needs. Approximately 26% have English not as their first language and over 36 languages are spoken amongst our school population.
The school building originates from the 1930s when it was built as a girls’ secondary school before being converted into primary accommodation in 1974. The school building and the site are a real strength of the school and we have had extensive building work and refurbishment undertaken over the years.
The school is light and airy and presents a rich and exciting learning environment for all. The site extends for six acres with an orchard, a wildlife corridor and a summer meadow, and exciting views over the city. The stunning grounds have been developed for curriculum use and we have an all weather playground for both school and community use.
We currently have two classes in each year group up to Y3 and this will expand to Y6 by 2016. There are four bases taught by teams of teachers and TAs – Foundation Stage, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. Foundation 1 and 2 children are taught in a Foundation Unit that allows appropriate and flexible provision to benefit all the children. The staffing levels are considerably enhanced by high quality support staff working across the school. The senior management team consists of the Head Teacher, an Assistant Head Teacher and the Director of Business & Community. The Governing Body provides strong support and challenge to the leadership of the school.
The school is committed to professional development and is in partnership with Transform Teaching Alliance which is based in Sneinton. Generous amounts of PPA and other release time are available for CPD.
Blue Bell Hill is regarded as an inclusive school which makes good provision for pupils who have a disability or learning needs. We are proud of our work in sports and the creative arts, and the curriculum is considerably enriched by our extensive out of hours’ provision.
We are an Extended School offering before and after school clubs, holiday clubs and family learning. Our building and site has flexible opening hours in order to accommodate the community use. We are also proud of our many links with local businesses which have a major impact on the life of our pupils and their families.