Brentside Primary School


Name Brentside Primary School
Website http://www.brentsideprimaryacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 June 2012
Address Kennedy Road, Hanwell, London, W7 1JL
Phone Number 02088132580
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 394 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.1
Percentage Free School Meals 18.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 62.7%

Information about the school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. Pupils come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. Many are at the early stage of learning English and over half speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action plus level or have a statement of special educational needs is also above average. Pupils with speech, language and communication needs and those with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties form the largest two groups with additional needs. Pupils are taught in single-age and mixed-age classes. The school took on Foundation status in 2010 and is currently consulting with all stakeholders about becoming an academy. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out minimum requirements for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school which has maintained high standards in English and mathematics since the previous inspection. It is an inclusive and harmonious school which promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. Leaders are aware that the outdoor learning environment, especially for the youngest children, has not been developed as effectively to support learning as the very good indoor provision pupils enjoy. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Almost all sustain excellent progress in English and mathematics. They apply their developing skills, including reading, writing, communication and mathematical understanding, to great effect across the curriculum. Pupils exhibit excellent attitudes to learning in lessons. Pupils say they feel completely safe in school because of the very effective care and support they receive. Incidents of poor behaviour are rare and managed well. The school works closely with partner agencies to meet the needs of all pupils whose circumstances may make them vulnerable. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers convey high expectations for all pupils. They provide sharply focused support or intervention to secure optimum learning. Teachers mark pupils’ work regularly and use the resulting information wisely to plan stimulating lessons that challenge and motivate pupils to achieve their best. Opportunities for pupils to reflect on and respond to the comments made by teachers in their books have yet to be embedded throughout the school. Leaders and managers, including the governing body, work effectively together with a shared sense of purpose which is based on a well-informed and accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. The school has excellent strategies for engaging regularly with parents and carers. Pupils’ learning is monitored by senior leaders very carefully in order to maintain the high outcomes pupils achieve.