Coldfall Primary School


Name Coldfall Primary School
Website http://www.coldfall.haringey.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 23 October 2014
Address Coldfall Avenue, Muswell Hill, London, N10 1HS
Phone Number 02088830608
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 669 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.4
Percentage Free School Meals 3.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26.2%

Information about this school

The school is much larger than most primary schools nationally. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is lower than that found in most schools. This is additional government funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. This is also the same for the number of pupils supported at school action. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is similar to that of other schools nationally. The school is part of a teacher training partnership with a local university. The headteacher also provides training for teachers and schools within the local authority and nationally. Children in the Nursery attend part time and the Reception attend full time.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher is an outstanding leader who models exemplary practice for her team. This creates a school environment where all staff feel empowered to function at an optimum level. Leaders and managers work relentlessly to ensure that the school community is cohesive and high performing. Rigorous training and development programmes ensure that teachers and their assistants are highly skilled and plan lessons which are exciting and challenging. As a result of outstanding teaching and exciting activities, children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make excellent progress in Nursery and Reception. Pupils who receive additional funding and those who speak English as an additional language achieve high levels in speaking, reading, writing and mathematics. This is the same for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs. Consistently high expectations lead to the most able pupils gaining exceptional knowledge in speaking, reading, writing and mathematics. Attainment is consistently high. There are no gaps in achievement between groups of pupils. The behaviour of pupils across the school is impeccable. They respect each other, their teachers and visitors. Pupils say they feel extremely safe and happy. Pupils are active learners during their lessons. They are eager and confident to build on their progress. Parents and carers work closely with the school and regularly contribute their views. They are happy with pupils’ behaviour and the rate of progress their children make. Pupils’ experience of school is very rich and inspiring because of the wide range of subjects they study. As a result they have a keen understanding of the world they live in. The strong promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development leads to a caring, tolerant atmosphere for all members of the school and local community. Governors have a superb understanding of the school’s strengths. They use their expertise well to challenge and support senior leaders, and to ensure pupils and staff feel safe and secure.