|Name||Aldersbrook Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||02 December 2014|
|Address||Harpenden Road, Wanstead, London, Essex, E12 5HL|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||677 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||36.9%|
Information about this school
This is an above average-sized primary school. Just over two thirds of pupils belong to a range of minority ethnic groups. Of these two fifths speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well below the national average. There are three classes in Reception Year and one in the Nursery Year. Children attend the Nursery part-time. Approximately one in five pupils are eligible for support through pupil premium funding. This is below the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding given to schools for disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are children who are looked after. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has achieved the Basic Skills award for the Early Years Foundation Stage. It has developed close working links with other schools in the local area and provides support to a group of schools in a neighbouring authority.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The headteacher provides outstanding leadership. Her drive, enthusiasm and ambition for the pupils in the school have been key to the school’s rapid improvement over the past two years. Children get off to an excellent start in the Nursery and Reception classes. They experience outstanding teaching in a stimulating environment. Standards have risen rapidly over the past few years, and are above average. More pupils are now attaining the higher levels by the end of Year 6, especially in writing and mathematics. They are well prepared for secondary school. Most pupils of all abilities make exceptional progress because teaching is consistently good, and often outstanding. Expectations are very high and relationships with pupils are a real strength. Pupils benefit from teachers’ secure subject knowledge, excellent behaviour management and regular feedback. Other adults make an effective contribution to pupils’ learning through support in the classroom and with small groups. Pupils are proud of their school. Their behaviour is exemplary both inside and outside of the classrooms. They feel very safe and their knowledge of how to keep themselves safe is impressive. They have very positive attitudes towards learning. The school provides extremely well for pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development. Pupils experience a wide range of vibrant learning opportunities. There is a strong focus on creative subjects as well as on literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT). School leaders and governors have maintained a firm focus on raising standards through improving the quality of teaching and learning for all pupils. Governors are highly skilled and closely involved in the life of the school. They are knowledgeable and provide effective support. They hold leaders to account and have been instrumental in driving the school forward. There is a strong sense of teamwork amongst staff, who are loyal and appreciate the exceptional opportunities for training and development. Middle leaders make a valuable contribution to raising standards in their areas of responsibility.