Ambler Primary School and Children’s Centre


Name Ambler Primary School and Children’s Centre
Website http://www.ambler.islington.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 03 May 2017
Address Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2DR
Phone Number 02072264708
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 500 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Local Authority Islington
Percentage Free School Meals 21%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.6%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is expanding into a two-form entry primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The school meets the current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Successful improvements implemented since the previous inspection have ensured that the school is now outstanding. The determination and energy of the headteacher have brought about a clear vision of high ambition and aspiration for both pupils and staff. Governors’ excellent knowledge of the school’s performance means that they have a clear insight into the considerable strengths of the school. Teaching is outstanding. Pupils make rapid gains because of the effective approach of teachers in consistently asking probing questions to deepen their learning. Highly engaged pupils enjoy their learning and respond very well to guidance from their teachers about how to improve their work. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are very well supported. They make strong progress from their particular starting points. Leaders, including middle leaders, have extremely high expectations of what pupils can achieve. The curriculum is relevant and well planned to excite pupils’ interest in a wide range of topics. Safeguarding is effective. A robust recruitment procedure helps ensure that pupils are kept from harm. Pupils respond positively to the school’s behaviour system. They have a perceptive understanding of the system’s rewards and sanctions. This has led to the impeccable standards of behaviour across the school. The early years provision is outstanding. The staff in the Nursery and Reception classes organise exciting learning activities both indoors and outdoors. This enables children to progress well from their low starting points. Leaders ensure that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills are extremely well developed because of the successful promotion of the wider curriculum. Parents speak very highly of the school. They know that their children are taught well and kept safe. Teachers’ effective use of assessment information ensures that differences in pupils’ progress, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, is being swiftly eradicated. Senior leaders have rightly identified that although the most able pupils, including the disadvantaged, make good progress, they are capable of achieving more.