Ark Brunel Primary Academy


Name Ark Brunel Primary Academy
Website http://www.arkbrunelprimary.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 May 2016
Address Middle Row, London, W10 5AT
Phone Number 02089694094
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 382 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.4
Academy Sponsor Ark Schools
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 31.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 63.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Ark Brunel is part of the ARK schools network. The school opened in September 2013 with 260 pupils from a number of neighbouring local authorities. The school is currently larger than the average-sized primary school, with a one-and-a-half form entry. When full to capacity, it expects to have 470 pupils on roll, with two forms in each year group. The school makes full-time provision for 47 children in Reception and 29 in the Nursery. While the proportion of pupils receiving special educational needs support is low, the proportion with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who are of a minority ethnic heritage is high, as is the proportion of those who speak English as an additional language. When the predecessor school closed, all of the staff moved into the new school. The Ark Schools Board is the main governing body with legal responsibility for all Ark schools. The local governing body focuses on the day-to-day responsibilities of the school. The school runs a morning club for children in early years and other pupils across the two key stages. The school exceeds the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Since the school opened in 2013, pupils’ achievement has been in the top 20% of all mainstream schools nationally. This outstanding achievement is set to improve even further this year. Pupils make rapid progress from low starting points because aspirations are high and teachers are insistent on pupils excelling. The idea of ‘brilliance’ is embedded in the pupils; they constantly try hard and do not give up. Pupils know and accept the school’s values and demonstrate a strong spirit of ‘resilience’ when learning. Behaviour for learning is exemplary. Leaders and managers at all levels are unrelenting in driving improvement. They have ‘Arkified’ staff and pupils. As a result, changes were rapid and high aspiration is common practice. Skilful management and acceptance of a new culture has led to Ark Brunel being outstanding. Senior leaders set aspirational targets for teachers to achieve and ensure that they do not lose sight of them. They constantly check and hold staff responsible for pupils’ progress. Teachers motivate pupils to learn very well, and the quality of teaching over time is outstanding. The local governing body provides strong challenge and does not accept excuses. They hold senior leaders to account very well. The school is successful because the Ark Schools Board provides leaders with templates tailored to the school’s needs, and with strong systems of accountability, training and development. These powerful tools have undoubtedly propelled the headteacher to lead Brunel very well. Systems for safeguarding and keeping pupils safe are effective, and pupils and parents say that the school is a very safe place. However, while pupils’ development is good, their attendance is below average. Assessment systems are used extremely well to track pupils’ progress and provide relevant support. The curriculum provides pupils with a very good grounding in English and mathematics. The emphasis on ‘depth before breadth’ contributes to pupils finding all areas of learning exciting. The curriculum reflects the school’s ethos, vision and values very well. The strong beliefs in respect and care contribute to pupils’ personal growth and development. Parents say that the school is ‘amazing’, and inspectors agree.