School Context

Hurst Green Primary School

Context statement

March 2016

 

 

Hurst Green Primary School is situated within the Halesowen Township of the Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and adjoins Sandwell and Birmingham authorities.

 

The school shares a playing field with Halesbury Special school and has a privately run pre-school called ‘Jack in the Box’ adjacent to the school building, which provides before and after school care for children at the school.

 

Hurst Green Primary School caters for children between the ages of 4 -11. The school is much larger in size than some other primary schools with 421 currently on roll.

 

The school has an admission number of 60 per year.  The school has been oversubscribed for many years in Reception and year groups are full.

 

The main school was built in 1969 and now comprises of 14 classrooms, library, ICT room, school hall, covered quad area, school office and kitchen, staffroom, resources room, nurture room, PPA room. The additional block of 6 classrooms were added in 2005. The school facilities were enhanced by the building of a sports hall in 2011.

 

Surrounding the school there is a forest school area and three large play grounds which have a variety of play equipment including an early year’s adventure trail with astroturf, tyre park, KS2 climbing area and an outside stage area. Additionally there is a large seating area for picnics and quieter activities

 

The school staffing structure consists of Head, Deputy, two Assistant Headteachers, Foundation, Maths, English and Computing Co-ordinators along with 20 teaching staff and 17 support staff. The classes are arranged into 2 classes per year group and each class has an equal mix of age, ability and gender.

 

 

The school works closely with the community through the development of the reading and numeracy buddies who come from all walks of life to act as volunteers in school to support the children. There are links with local church groups who deliver the Open the Book assemblies and St Paul’s church in Blackheath.  To support reading for pleasure, groups of children visit the local library additionally and school provides displays of children’s work. The local children’s centre at Olive Hill Primary School has supported our families with play groups, advice and a variety of activities

 

As a member of the Halesowen Learning and Teaching Community (HTLC) the school works in partnership with other schools including Hales Valley Teaching School to ensure the children get the very best start to their education in Halesowen. The school now takes teaching placements through Hales Valley who train along side Hurst Green staff in a one year course. Subject Co-ordinators from HTLC meet twice a term and drive their own agenda.

 

There are developing links with Halesbury Special School through staff exchange, use of art and craft facilities and sporting events.

 

As a main feeder school for Leasowes High school transition links have been strengthened through secondments, Arts events and support for Maths teaching alongside staff INSET in safeguarding and growth mindset.

 

Sporting partnerships have developed with RB Gym & Sport who deliver PE and Sport across the school using the sports premium funding. All year groups and class teachers have at least two half terms of support with gymnastics and a mix of track and field skills, tennis, tag rugby and basketball.   Your Sport deliver lunchtime sports activities on the playground as well as the ‘Change for Life’ group. Windsor High School organise inter school competitions through a yearly sporting fixture list for the Halesowen schools.

 

Hurst Green has strong links with Sycamore behaviour outreach service, autism outreach service, Educational Psychologist, learning support, counselling service, along with speech and language provided by the Local Authority.

 

Hurst Green PTA is generous in both giving time and money for the benefit of the school, most recently the Early Years Adventure trail. Parents are encouraged to help in numerous ways in school.

 

 

In the latest OFSTED (2013) Hurst Green Primary School was judged to be a good school.