Churchfields Infants’ School


Name Churchfields Infants’ School
Website http://www.churchfieldsinfant.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 July 2013
Address Churchfields, South Woodford, London, E18 2RB
Phone Number 02085050386
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 474 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Percentage Free School Meals 4.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 38.5%

Information about this school

This school is much larger than average and has 16 part-time places in a language facility for nursery-aged children drawn from across the borough, who have speech and language difficulties. The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises a Nursery and four Reception classes. About a third of children who enter Reception have not attended the school’s Nursery. The proportion of pupils eligible for support from the pupil premium (extra money provided for children who are looked after by the local authority, children of service families and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is well below the national average. There are no children from service families or in local authority care currently on roll. The proportion of pupils with minority ethnic backgrounds is greater than the national average. The largest groups in the school are those of White British, other White, Indian, Bangladeshi and other Asian heritages. The percentage of pupils who speak English as an additional language is in line with the national average, although few are at an early stage of acquiring the language. Lower than average proportions of pupils are supported at school action and school action plus. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or have a statement of special educational needs is also below the national average. Statements or support at school action plus are mostly for speech, language and communication needs.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils’ standards of attainment in reading, writing and mathematics have been consistently and significantly above average for several years. Higher proportions of seven-year-olds achieve exceptionally well in English and mathematics compared to pupils in other schools. Leadership of the language facility is excellent because children, drawn from all over the borough, achieve exceptionally well in a short time. Outstanding teaching means that all pupils, including disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those who benefit from additional funding, make excellent progress over time. Lessons fully engage pupils and teachers provide intriguing challenges to which pupils respond enthusiastically. Pupils have very positive attitudes to school and are eager to talk about what they have learned. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding because pupils show high levels of respect and care for each other. They feel safe in school and have a clear understanding of how to keep themselves safe, because pupil focus groups are included in drawing up safety guidelines. The school’s leaders and governors show a relentless commitment to maintaining high standards. The quality of teaching is monitored frequently and support for its continuous improvement is extensive and effective. The impact on pupils’ progress is monitored meticulously so that additional challenge or further support can be provided for pupils when required. The curriculum contributes to pupils’ remarkable social and cultural development as well as academic achievement. The extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities offered to pupils promotes their personal development and self-confidence exceptionally well.