Canary Wharf College, East Ferry

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Canary Wharf College, East Ferry

Name Canary Wharf College, East Ferry
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 03 July 2013
Address 197 East Ferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3BA
Phone Number 02075152328
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 277 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.1
Academy Sponsor Canary Wharf College Ltd
Local Authority Tower Hamlets
Percentage Free School Meals 3.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 40.1%
Persisitent Absence 3.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Canary Wharf College is a state-funded free primary school, which opened in September 2011. The school is much smaller than most schools in England. It is designed with an average of 20 pupils per class and currently has 120 pupils aged 4 to 8 years. It is planned to grow to capacity by 2017 with 280 pupils aged 4 to 11 years. The site is currently being redeveloped to provide the facilities that will be needed when the school is at capacity. The new accommodation will be opened in September 2014. Canary Wharf College has a non-denominational Christian ethos and is a designated school of religious character. The pupils come from a wide range of cultural heritages. An above average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. Some are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible to free school meals, looked after children or children of service families, is well below the national average. There are currently no children of service families in the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils throughout the school learn exceptionally well and make rapid progress. Teaching is outstanding because lessons are very well planned with clear structures. Resources are very carefully designed to motivate pupils, and richly engaging learning experiences capture their interests. 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 planned and formed a new school. Links with parents and carers are exceptionally strong and help the school to meet the needs of the pupils. 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. Robust systems for monitoring the performance of teachers ensure the developmental needs of staff are met. 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 spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is promoted very well through a wide range of activities. Pupils’ extremely good behaviour is a major contributory factor in the high standards they reach. Pupils concentrate really well during lessons, treat each other with respect and consideration, and enjoy excellent relationships with the staff. There is rich extra-curricular provision with high participation by pupils.