Epping Primary School

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About Epping Primary School

Name Epping Primary School
Website http://www.eppingprimary.essex.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Head Teacher Mrs Tracy O'Donnell
Address Coronation Hill, Epping, CM16 5DU
Phone Number 01992572408
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 394
Local Authority Essex
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils enjoy coming to Epping Primary School and are proud of their school. They talk eagerly about the different ways their teachers make learning interesting. They like the many trips and visitors to the school that enhance the curriculum.

There are high expectations for pupils' academic work. Pupils work hard as a result and aim to do their best.

Pupils really enjoy reading.

The school has a wide and interesting selection of books for them to choose from. Pupils appreciate their weekly visits to the well-stocked library.

Pupils are enthusiastic about the opportunities available for physical activity and participation in sporting competitions.
They enjoy the wide range of activities on offer at playtimes. Pupils like celebrating each others' success, for example in the weekly assemblies where they applaud those who have been given certificates.

Bullying is rare.

When it does happen, pupils are sure that the adults sort things out quickly. Most pupils are very well behaved. Pupils' learning is rarely disturbed by the behaviour of others.

Children in Reception settle very quickly into school life.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have thoughtfully planned the curriculum in each subject. Curriculum plans set out the knowledge that pupils should learn in a logical order.

Teachers ensure pupils can ably use resources that support their learning. This helps pupils to learn and remember more over time. Staff have benefitted from subject-specific training, and this is reflected in the good quality of education provided.

Some subject leaders are new to their roles. They are less confident in what their subject looks like across the school and so are less able to support colleagues where needed.

Leaders introduced a new approach to teaching phonics in January 2022.

This is mostly used consistently across classes. Leaders have reviewed the way that older pupils choose reading books to ensure they are more precisely matched to their reading stage. However, there are occasions where texts used in class and books pupils read are not as closely linked to pupils' reading knowledge as leaders expect.

Staff are developing the use of exciting activities to interest pupils in writing. There is a high focus on correct grammar and spelling. This means that as pupils move through the school, they become confident readers and writers, producing high-quality writing in different curriculum subjects.

The staff team are highly committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, which is appreciated by parents. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are fully included in all aspects of school life. Teachers ably adapt learning to enable pupils with SEND to learn what they need to make progress.

Teachers check on understanding, both while pupils are working and after they have finished. This helps pupils identify the strengths of their own work and what they need to improve on next time.

Pupils are very well behaved.

There is very little disruption to learning. They listen attentively and work hard. Routines and expectations are taught clearly right from the start of Reception.

Pupils have a good understanding of the school's values. They show these in the way they behave towards others. Pupils say that no one ever gets left out and that anyone would be welcome in their school.

They learn about a wide range of different ways of life and cultures. The curriculum is further enhanced by a range of after-school clubs.

Members of the senior leadership team work as a close group, with a shared vision.

Staff, including early career teachers, feel valued and supported. Governors know the school well. Staff and governors work together at the start of the year to review what has gone before and give all staff a shared understanding of what needs to happen next.

Leaders are aware of where the school needs to improve. For example, some parents feel communication could be stronger. As part of improving this, governors have a working group focused on parental engagement, and the school has introduced a replacement system to improve communication.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are well trained and able to identify pupils who might be at risk of harm. They ensure that those pupils get the help they need quickly.

Leaders work closely with parents and outside agencies as needed.

All appropriate checks are made on members of staff to ensure they are suitable to work in school. These checks are accurately recorded.

Safeguarding policies and practices follow the latest published guidance.

Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe, both online and when out and about. They are knowledgeable and have a good understanding of the risks they face when using online games.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Across the school, there are some differences in the implementation of how leaders expect reading to be practised. This means that when this is the case, pupils do not get good-quality rehearsal of the sounds they know. Leaders need to make sure that the recently introduced phonics programme is embedded throughout the whole school approach to teaching English.

• Some subject leaders are new to their role and/or have had limited opportunities due to the pandemic to work with colleagues. As a result, they do not know what their subject looks like through the school and how effectively it is taught. Senior leaders need to ensure that subject leaders have the time and guidance to develop their roles further and support teachers to implement the planned curriculum effectively.

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