|Name||Firs Farm Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||05 February 2019|
|Address||Rayleigh Road, Palmers Green, London, Middlesex, N13 5QP|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||628 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||12.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||44.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||10%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Since the inspection of the school in June 2009, the school has had several changes in leadership and staffing. Firs Farm Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from a White British background, with pupils from any other White background forming the next sizeable ethnic group. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is above the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Leadership is good. The recently appointed headteacher has made sure that the key issues facing the school are identified and are being tackled. As a result, teaching has improved and standards have risen. From their different starting points, all groups of pupils make good progress. Pupils make stronger progress in writing and mathematics than in reading. Nevertheless, the quality of writing in the foundation subjects does not match the high standard seen in English. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make good progress. Parents and carers are happy about the support their children receive. Leaders and teachers have been successful in helping pupils eligible for pupil premium funding to make good progress. Some children enter Reception with skills and abilities well below the levels expected for their ages. They make good progress, and this provides a good start for key stage 1. Behaviour is good. Pupils greatly enjoy the topics planned for them. Pupils get lots of opportunities to work together and do so willingly. They are polite and courteous to adults and one another. Pupils enjoy a wide range of extra activities. The quality of sport and physical education is good and helps pupils to develop their understanding of healthy lifestyles. Parents and pupils appreciate the school’s welcoming atmosphere. This, with the curriculum, strongly promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The curriculum inspires pupils to learn well. However, leaders recognise the need for further development so that pupils excel in all subjects and deepen their skills, knowledge and understanding. Governors support the school’s leaders very well. They carry out their role effectively and provide a good balance of support and challenge to the school.