Byron Court Primary School


Name Byron Court Primary School
Website http://www.byroncourtschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 22 March 2012
Address Spencer Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 3SF
Phone Number 02089042785
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 734 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Local Authority Brent
Percentage Free School Meals 4.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 63.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Pupil numbers are rising in this large school. Almost all pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds and the majority are of Asian heritages. A high proportion of the pupils speak English as an additional language and some are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is broadly average. More pupils than in other primary schools join or leave other than at the usual times. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in three Reception classes. The school has recently received the Sustainable Travel Award and achieved enhanced Healthy Schools status. The headteacher has been in post since January 2011. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. An after-school club uses the school’s premises. This provision is not managed by the governing body and as such is inspected separately.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. It has seen a remarkable improvement in recent years, particularly under the current headteacher’s highly effective leadership. Others in the restructured leadership team make a very significant contribution in supporting her drive for ever-higher standards. Outstanding achievement is based on the high quality of much of the teaching, the pupils’ exemplary behaviour and their very positive attitudes to learning. Attainment has risen considerably since the previous inspection and is well above average by the end of Year 6. Almost all pupils reach the level expected for their age in English and mathematics; many reach higher levels. This represents outstanding progress given pupils’ starting points. Much of the teaching from Reception to Year 6 is imaginative, challenging and pitched carefully at the needs of the pupils, although on a small number of occasions teachers do not sufficiently engage pupils through skilled questioning. Pupils are very clear about their levels and next steps in writing but less so in mathematics. The rich and vibrant curriculum provides many memorable experiences and promotes the pupils’ excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The pupils’ outstanding behaviour, their consideration and respect for others, and their ability to work as part of a team help to generate a very harmonious and purposeful environment for their development. They are highly motivated and determined to be successful. The headteacher has acted decisively since her appointment in providing a clear vision for the school supported by a strong and cohesive leadership team and highly effective governing body. The headteacher has introduced a relentless and successful drive to improve teaching and learning. The performance of staff is very closely monitored and individual support provided to meet the aim of all becoming high quality practitioners.