Cowley St Laurence CofE Primary School

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Cowley St Laurence CofE Primary School


Name Cowley St Laurence CofE Primary School
Website http://www.cowley.hillingdon.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 July 2013
Address Worcester Road, Cowley, Uxbridge, UB8 3TH
Phone Number 01895462361
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 446 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Academy Sponsor Diocese Of London
Local Authority Hillingdon
Percentage Free School Meals 15.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32.5%
Persisitent Absence 12.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 23.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Cowley St Laurence CE Primary School is part of a three-school multi-academy Trust. It opened as an academy in February 2013. This is its first inspection. The executive headteacher took up his position in March 2010. It is larger than the average primary school. The majority of pupils are White British but there are small proportions of pupils from several other ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (extra government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children in local authority care and children of service personnel) is higher than average and there are more pupils than average who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who receive extra support through school action is above average, but the proportions supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are below average. The school has met the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Governors and staff share the vision of developing the academy into an outstanding school. The academy is led and managed well. The executive headteacher is a very positive role model and is well supported by the governing body and other senior leaders in the drive to raise the quality of teaching and the achievement of pupils. Pupils make very rapid progress in all years and standards have risen, especially in mathematics. Pupils enjoy their lessons and get along well with each other. The site is secure and pupils feel safe and well looked after. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children quickly develop their social and communication skills. They speak confidently and learn how to cooperate with each other. Teaching is usually good and some is outstanding. Teachers plan lessons that interest and engage pupils well. They mark pupils’ written work regularly. Relationships are strong and staff have created an atmosphere where pupils feel confident to ask or answer questions and discuss their ideas openly with each other. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Not enough teaching is outstanding. Occasionally the pace of learning slows because teachers do not always plan tasks that really stretch all pupils. Teachers do not always make sure that pupils respond to their written comments in their marking. There are too few opportunities for pupils to consolidate and develop further their writing skills in the different subjects they study or to practise handwriting. Attendance is below the national average.