Alma Primary

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About Alma Primary

Name Alma Primary
Ofsted Inspections
Head Mr Marc Shoffren
Address Friern Barnet Lane, Whetstone, London, N20 0LP
Phone Number 02083439988
Phase Academy
Type Free schools
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Jewish
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 201
Local Authority Barnet
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils arrive at school with a smile on their face.

Staff welcome and greet them warmly. Pupils are kind and caring towards each other. They typically behave well in lessons and when moving around the school.

Most pupils focus well during learning time and are motivated to achieve well.

Relationships between pupils and staff are positive and nurturing. Pupils know that if they have a concern, they can talk to staff who will listen and take action.

This means they feel happy and safe.

Leaders provide opportunities for pupils to debate and consider the views of others. For example, older pupils debate philosophical issues, such as whether know...ledge is always a good thing.

These experiences help pupils to develop their own ideas and confidence when speaking in front of others.

Pupils take on positions of responsibility. This includes acting as school councillors, eco-warriors and members of the Chesed committee.

The Chesed committee are pupils who promote kindness around the school.

Leaders provide a wide range of clubs, including karate, debate and Spanish. These activities help pupils to develop their talents and pursue their interests.

Pupils are incredibly proud of the school's sporting achievements, such as winning the small schools Pokémon primary football tournament 2023.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders want every pupil to learn to read fluently and without delay. Pupils visit the school library regularly, older pupils read to younger pupils and a mystery reader visits the school weekly to read to pupils.

These experiences develop pupils' love for reading.

Pupils enjoy talking about the books they are reading. They are given books to practise reading that are matched to the sounds that they know.

This helps to improve pupils' confidence and fluency. Staff regularly check the sounds that pupils know. Those pupils who find phonics difficult receive support to catch up and keep up with their classmates.

Leaders want all pupils to achieve well. In most subjects, the curriculum is well structured. Leaders have identified what they want pupils to learn, and this is broken down into logical sequential steps.

For example, in Year 2 pupils investigate the effects of exercise on their heart rate because they have previously been taught about the importance of exercise. Children in Reception use language, such as 'structure, join' and 'magnetic' when using magnetic shapes to build. However, in a few subjects the curriculum is not sequenced as effectively as it could be.

This is because leaders have not identified the key skills, understanding and vocabulary that need to be taught and learned year on year. This means pupils have gaps in their knowledge and have developed misconceptions.

In most subjects, leaders make sure staff have the subject knowledge they need to deliver the curriculum effectively.

Misconceptions are typically corrected within lessons and teachers model learning effectively. For example, in physical education teachers demonstrate how to effectively dribble and control a football.

The provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a strength of the school.

The needs of pupils with SEND are accurately and effectively identified. Pupils with SEND access learning alongside their peers because teachers adapt their approaches and resources effectively. Leaders work closely with external professionals, such as speech and occupational therapists.

These experts provide support and guidance for teachers and leaders. Therefore, pupils with SEND achieve well.

Pupils are proud of their school and typically show positive attitudes to their learning.

This is because expectations and routines are clear. As a result, the curriculum is taught without any interruption.

Personal, social, health and economic education is well structured.

Leaders want pupils to become responsible and respectful citizens and to play their part in developing a 'world built on kindness'. Pupils are taught how to manage their feelings, to collaborate and to look after others. For example, pupils in Year 6 visit a food bank to develop their understanding of gratitude.

Pupils are taught about protected characteristics and the importance of individual liberty.

Lessons across the curriculum subjects help pupils understand how to identify risks, both within and beyond the school. Pupils are taught about healthy and unhealthy relationships and consent.

Governors are ambitious for the school. They understand what the school does well and what leaders need to do to make it even better. Governors have procedures in place to challenge and hold leaders to account.

Staff value the care they receive from senior leaders to support their well-being and workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Safeguarding is everyone's priority here.

Staff are well trained and receive regular safeguarding updates. This means they understand and follow procedures for reporting any concerns. Leaders respond swiftly to concerns raised.

They engage with outside safeguarding partners, so that families and pupils receive the support they need.

Leaders invite visiting speakers to talk to pupils about the importance of keeping safe within and beyond school. For example, first responders visited Reception to teach children how to call for help and assistance.

Pupils are also encouraged to keep safe online.

Safer recruitment procedures are followed and all the required pre-employment checks are carried out.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a few subjects, learning is not sequenced as effectively as it could be.

This means pupils have gaps in their knowledge. Leaders need to ensure that they identify and sequence the key knowledge, vocabulary and skills they want pupils to know and remember year-on-year. This will enable pupils to learn and remember more, deepening subject-specific understanding.

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