Akiva School

Name Akiva School
Website http://www.akivaschool.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 October 2013
Address 80 East End Road, London, N3 2SY
Phone Number 02083494980
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Jewish
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 419 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.4%
Persisitent Absence 7.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. Only a very small proportion of pupils is supported by the pupil premium. The pupil premium is additional government funding allocated to the school for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. A lower than average proportion of pupils speaks English as an additional language. Pupils are mainly classified as White British and all are from Jewish backgrounds. In 2012, the school met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school has grown over the past five years so that there are now two classes in each year.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievements are good. Pupils start school meeting, or exceeding, expected levels and make good progress to reach high standards at the end of Year 6 in English and mathematics. The headteacher’s firm resolve to improve teaching is becoming increasingly successful because of the focus on teaching skills and the commitment of the governing body. This is leading to faster progress for all pupils. Teaching is good, with examples of outstanding practice especially in Year 6 where activities inspire pupils to gain new knowledge and learn well. Provision for children in the Reception classes is good. Teachers manage the move into Year 1 carefully so that pupils are well prepared for learning in the main school. Pupils behave very well around the school and play thoughtfully together in the playground. They feel safe and secure in school. Attendance and punctuality are good. The provision for physical education and sport has improved tremendously. Consequently, some pupils have achieved outstanding results in their chosen sport. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well, underpinned by a strong set of guiding principles. This creates a positive climate for learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching is not yet consistently high enough to ensure that all pupils make outstanding progress. Sometimes, tasks are not matched precisely enough to pupils’ different abilities. As a result, some the most able are not stretched enough and progress slows. Marking does not consistently give pupils enough specific information about how to improve their work or the next steps they need to take to develop their learning further.