Cherry Lane Primary School

Name Cherry Lane Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2014
Address Sipson Road, West Drayton, UB7 9DL
Phone Number 01895444480
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 686 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.7
Local Authority Hillingdon
Percentage Free School Meals 22.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 43.3%
Persisitent Absence 13.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 28.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average primary school. There is a well above average proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority, or who are children of service families, for all of whom the school receives additional funding (pupil premium). The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups, and whose first language is not English, is well above average. The proportion of pupils who are supported by school action is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, and those who require additional support, is above average. Nearly 50% of the current Year 6 and Year 5 are in these categories. The school runs a breakfast club every day. The school meets the current government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There is a children’s centre on site which is subject to a separate report.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school From their well below average starting points, almost all pupils make good progress. By the end of Year 6, standards are broadly average overall. They are above average in mathematics and reading, but below average in writing. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and those eligible for additional funding make good progress because : they receive effective support. Teaching is consistently good across the school. Pupils enjoy learning and try hard in their work. Their attendance and their behaviour are good. Pupils form trusting relationships with the adults in the school, and so they feel safe and happy in school. Senior leaders, including the governing body, make sure that improvements are strongly focused on raising standards and ensuring pupils’ good progress. The systems in place to assess pupils’ progress are meticulous. This enables the school to identify quickly any pupils who are underachieving, and to give them extra help with their learning. Parents and carers are very positive about the school, and all those who responded said they would recommend the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : While much of the teaching is good, not enough is outstanding to drive pupils’ progress more rapidly. The most able pupils do not always have hard enough work to make sure that they make as much progress as they possibly could. Standards in writing are not as high as those in reading and mathematics because pupils, who can discuss ideas with mature language in lessons, do not always apply that mature language in their written work.