Eleanor Palmer Primary School

Eleanor Palmer Primary School

Name Eleanor Palmer Primary School
Website http://www.eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Address Lupton Street, Tufnell Park, London, NW5 2JA
Phone Number 02074852155
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 236 (43.6% boys 56.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.0
Local Authority Camden
Percentage Free School Meals 12.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Main findings

Dynamic and inspirational leadership at all levels, but particularly from the headteacher and governing body, have driven the school forward in its relentless quest for excellence. Very accurate self-evaluation based on the searching analysis of data and other monitoring evidence underpins sharply focused plans for improvement.

Outstanding features have been retained since the previous inspection and teaching, the pupils' achievement and provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage are now excellent. This gives the school outstanding capacity for further improvement. Parents and carers are fulsome in their praise for all that the school is doing for their children, as summed up by one when writing, '...Eleanor Palmer is an absolutely wonderful school – warm, nurturing, extremely well led and managed, with excellent teaching and a very inclusive ethos.'

Through exemplary care, guidance and support, high quality teaching, a rich and stimulating curriculum and their determination to succeed, pupils make outstanding progress and attainment is high and rising by the end of Year 6. The youngest children have an excellent start in the Nursery and Reception. They make rapid progress in a stimulating environment where their development is successfully promoted at every possible moment.

Pupils make outstanding progress because teaching throughout the school is sharply focused on the next steps in learning for all pupils. In the large majority of lessons, lively teaching and interesting activities engage the pupils and drive forward learning rapidly. However, this aspect of teaching is less consistent and the school accurately identifies this as an area for further improvement.

The rich and diverse curriculum provides many memorable experiences and brings learning to life by linking topic themes creatively between subjects. Boys' writing has greatly improved by developing their skills in contexts they find engaging, generally closely linked to these topics. The welcoming environment, starting in the entrance area and continuing through all classrooms, coupled with the pupils' exemplary behaviour leads to an outstanding climate for learning.

The pupils' great enjoyment of school is reflected in their high attendance levels. Pupils have an excellent understanding of how to identify and deal with any risks they might face. They are confident that any problems they raise will be dealt with constructively and understand the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise.

The pupils' outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is reflected in the great consideration they show to each other. They are keen to learn about different ways of life and show great respect for the customs and values of others. Pupils make an excellent contribution to the community, as shown by their concern to help the school become a more sustainable environment and reflected in the Eco Schools award.

The buddy system adds greatly to the close-knit family atmosphere through the relationships established between older and younger pupils. The headteacher has positioned the school at the heart of its community by forging very productive partnerships with many outside organisations that enrich the pupils' lives and have a direct impact on their achievement. The school's work with parents and carers is highly effective in engaging them in their children's learning and providing them with information about their children's progress.

Marking gives pupils very clear guidance on how successful they have been and the steps needed to help them to develop further and so meet their targets. Promoting equality of opportunity and tackling discrimination are at the core of the school's values. The committed staff team ensures that each pupil's needs are identified and addressed.

As a result, the attainment of the potentially more vulnerable is much higher at the school than nationally. Members of the highly effective governing body fulfil their responsibilities in an exemplary manner, particularly in relation to safeguarding the pupils and supporting greater community cohesion. It is the breadth of the pupils' experiences that gives Eleanor Palmer its character which, coupled with the relentless drive to improve teaching and learning, has led to it becoming an outstanding school.

Information about the school

Half of the pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds in this average-sized school, although few are at an early stage of learning English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is broadly average. Fewer pupils than in most primary schools are identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a Nursery and a Reception class. The school has recently received the Artsmark Gold and Eco Schools Green Flag awards. The school hosts an after-school club run by the local authority, which is inspected separately.