Firs Farm Primary School

Name Firs Farm Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 February 2019
Address Rayleigh Road, Palmers Green, London, Middlesex, N13 5QP
Phone Number 02088074292
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 628 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Local Authority Enfield
Percentage Free School Meals 12.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 44.1%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
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.