Belmont School

Name Belmont School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 May 2012
Address Hibbert Road, Harrow Weald, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 7JT
Phone Number 02084270903
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 633 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Local Authority Harrow
Percentage Free School Meals 15.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 88.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes, our last distance offered data is FREE

Information about the school

This is larger than the average-sized primary school, which opened in September 2009 through the amalgamation of Belmont First and Middle School. The pupils come from a wide range of cultural heritages, the largest group being from Indian and other Asian backgrounds. The vast majority of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school holds the Healthy Schools award, Sustainable Travel award 2009 to 2011, the Diana Award for anti bullying 2010 and 2011, the Rights Respecting School award Level 1 and has been awarded an Activemark.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. Pupils throughout the school learn exceptionally well and make rapid progress. The school promotes pupils’ social, moral, spiritual, and cultural development exceptionally well and, as a result, pupils develop into supportive, reflective and articulate young people. The quality of teaching is outstanding. Parents and carers agree. As one parent commented, ‘My child’s progress is largely due to the teachers.’ Good pace and challenge, varied and practical activities, excellent use of assessment and animated teaching are characteristics of lessons. The curriculum is outstanding, providing pupils with stimulating experiences and opportunities to learn about the world. Behaviour is excellent and attendance is above average. High expectations and a consistent approach to managing behaviour mean the school is a very happy place to be. Parents and carers fully support the view that the school keeps their children safe. The success of the school is largely due to the leadership provided by the headteacher, which is very strong and reflects dedication and commitment. She has very effectively built a highly committed staff team. Senior leaders have successfully integrated pupils from two schools and formed exceptionally positive links with parents and carers. As a result, morale is very high and belief in the school’s success permeates all levels of the school. There are good systems in place for monitoring the performance of teachers. Staff say how much they value the support they receive and how their planned professional development and opportunities to review this help them address the school’s priorities. The governing body shows a high level of commitment to the school, as demonstrated by its members’ regular visits and the active support they provide. However, due to changes in membership, it is at the early stages of evaluating the work of the school.