Benyon Primary School

Name Benyon Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Tyssen Place, South Ockendon, RM15 6PG
Phone Number 01708853200
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 264 (50.8% boys 49.2% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.1
Academy Sponsor Catalyst Academies Trust
Local Authority Thurrock
Percentage Free School Meals 20.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23.8%
Persisitent Absence 11.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

Benyon is an average-sized primary school. It became an academy in April 2013 and is part of the Catalyst Academies Trust. The school has been supported by a National Leader of Education who is based at Dilkes Academy. This is the sponsor academy and has National Teaching School status. The academy also supports the school through its specialist leaders programme. Children attend the Nursery part time and they attend full time in the Reception class. The large majority of pupils at Benyon are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is average. Around one in 10 pupils are from Traveller families. Few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is just above average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Since becoming an academy, the school appointed an assistant headteacher in January 2014 and a deputy headteacher in January 2015. There have been significant changes in staffing at Key Stage 1.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders, including governors and trustees, work effectively in partnership across the academies in the trust. As a result, teaching is good and achievement is improving. Governors and trustees hold leaders to account well. Together with the headteacher, they have successfully tackled weaknesses in teaching. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are rising. This is particularly the case in the early years and in Key Stage 2. The headteacher has built a very positive culture based on a shared vision: ‘Perseverance brings success!’ Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. A strong set of shared values effectively promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children are well looked after in the early years so make a good start. A strong focus on developing their speaking and listening skills is preparing them well for Year 1. Pupils have very positive attitudes towards learning. Their behaviour is good because they have strong relationships with adults, who expect the highest standards of behaviour from them. Pupils enjoy taking on extra responsibilities around the school. This contributes significantly to an orderly and happy environment, where pupils say they feel safe. The vast majority of parents support the school’s values, and express positive views about the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Boys make less progress in their writing than girls by the end of Year 2. The most-able pupils do not always attain the higher levels in writing by this time. A small number of pupils from Traveller backgrounds miss too much school and, as a result, fall behind their peers in writing.