Avenue Primary School


Name Avenue Primary School
Website http://www.avenue.leicester.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 March 2020
Address Avenue Road Extension, Leicester, LE2 3EJ
Phone Number 01162708326
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 551 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.5
Local Authority Leicester
Percentage Free School Meals 21%
Percentage English is Not First Language 42.9%
Persisitent Absence 10%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Outcome

Avenue Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Avenue Primary is a happy and calm school. Pupils enjoy lessons. They like the variety of clubs that they can join, and their music lessons. They are proud of winning the local schools’ table tennis trophy. Pupils play an active part in school life. They lead the work of the Eco Committee. They support a baby clinic attached to their twinned primary school in The Gambia.

Leaders have high expectations that all pupils will do well. Staff include pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) fully in the life of the school. Pupils told me that they enjoy learning because they check their own, and their partners’, work so that they understand how to improve in the next lesson.

All the pupils I spoke with were polite and confident. They told me that staff take their mental health and well-being seriously. They know who to talk to if they are worried. Pupils consistently told me that they feel safe in school. Staff and parents and carers agree that they are.

Bullying is rare and dealt with seriously by leaders. Leaders have set clear rules that pupils understand and follow. They move around the school in a sensible and respectful manner.

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

Teaching reading well is a high priority for leaders. This starts right from when children join the school. Staff have clear expectations about what pupils will learn each term in phonics. In the Reception class, staff model language clearly and accurately to children. Well-trained specialist staff provide extra help to those pupils who need to catch up quickly, including those who are new to English. By the end of Year 1, almost all pupils are confident readers.

Leaders and staff want all pupils to enjoy reading. They make sure that pupils borrow books from the library. Older pupils act as ‘reading buddies’ and spend time listening to the younger children read. In key stage 2, pupils deepen their reading skills through studying a wide range of good-quality books.

In the early years, staff give children lots of opportunities to practise their number skills. Teachers plan well-structured lessons to meet the needs of all pupils. The mathematics leader has made sure that there is a consistent approach to teaching mathematics throughout the school. Pupils can explain what they find challenging. For example, pupils in Year 6 can explain what they find challenging in algebra. They know how to get help if they are stuck. Pupils are confident in lessons. The work in their books is accurate.

Leaders have organised the history curriculum well. They have ensured that pupils study topics which prepare them well for the next stage in their learning. Pupils were keen to tell me about how a planned visit to Warwick Castle will help them to learn more. They use knowledge organisers in their history lessons to remind them what they have learned before. Teachers make sure that pupils use the correct vocabulary. However, pupils’ work in their project books is not consistently of a good quality.

Leaders and staff have worked together to improve the curriculum. Some topics have changed. Some new ones have been introduced, such as the study of Ancient Islamic civilisations. Not all of these changes are completely embedded. Teachers adapt lessons so that pupils with SEND can learn well. All pupils take part fully in lessons. Leaders work closely with other professionals to make sure that pupils with SEND get the help that they need. Leaders help pupils and their parents get ready for the move to secondary school.

Pupils throughout the school behave well. They have positive attitudes towards learning. All classes have a ‘good to be green’ system for encouraging good behaviour. Pupils enjoy the ‘happy lunchtime’ system and sitting on the top table.

Staff promote pupils’ wider development well. There is a wide range of after-school clubs and residential visits. Pupils in the school choir are proud that they performed at the Spark Festival in the presence of His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. Teachers make sure that pupils know about a range of faiths and cultures found in modern Britain. Pupils told me about their visit to the Sikh gurdwara and taking part in International Picnic Day, where pupils and parents shared food from different cultures.

Leaders and governors are mindful of staff workload. All staff agree that they feel supported and part of a team.

Safeguarding

The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils’ safety and well-being are of great importance to leaders and staff. All staff understand, and follow, the school’s procedures for raising concerns about pupils’ welfare. They receive regular updates so that they are aware of current safeguarding issues. There is good support for new staff. Leaders act immediately on concerns that are brought to their attention. Leaders work effectively with other agencies. Safeguarding training is up to date for staff and governors. The recruitment of new staff is well managed. All the correct checks are made before adults start working in school.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

The school’s curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced across the full range of subjects. Where the changes to subjects have been recently introduced, these changes are not yet fully implemented. Leaders should now ensure that the school’s intent and implementation are securely embedded so that all pupils achieve well. . While teachers’ expectations of pupils’ work in English and mathematics are high, they do not have the same expectations of the quality of the work that pupils complete in their books in every subject. The quality of pupils’ work is too variable. Leaders should ensure that teachers’ expectations are consistently high so that the work pupils complete in their project books is of good quality.

Background

When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good on 26–27 April 2016.