Flora Gardens Primary School

Name Flora Gardens Primary School
Website http://www.floragardens.lbhf.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 April 2017
Address Dalling Road, London, W6 0UD
Phone Number 02087482566
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.4
Local Authority Hammersmith and Fulham
Percentage Free School Meals 41.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 69%
Persisitent Absence 10.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Flora Gardens Primary School is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The headteacher has been in post as acting headteacher since the previous inspection and as substantive headteacher since March 2016. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding is much higher than average. Most pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities varies from year to year and is currently above average. There is a children’s centre on site that is inspected separately. Children in the Nursery class all attend full time. The school runs a breakfast club and after-school care provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, ably supported by his senior leadership team, has improved all areas of the school’s work since the previous inspection. Leaders have stemmed changes in staffing and created a stable teaching force. Leaders are backed by staff. Leaders’ guidance and support of staff have raised the quality of teaching, so that it is now good. Leaders keep a close watch on the achievement of pupils. Governors hold leaders to account for this. As a result, pupils’ outcomes throughout the school are stronger than in previous years. Through determined and sharply focused actions, leaders, including subject leaders, have improved pupils’ achievement in reading and mathematics. However, writing throughout the school does not always match these other subjects in quality. This is because pupils are not always encouraged to write freely across a range of topics. Spelling holds back the quality of pupils’ writing. There are many strengths within the curriculum. Pupils benefit from opportunities to learn music and sport to a high standard. The programme of trips and visits successfully raises pupils’ aspirations. Teaching is consistently good and meets the needs of most pupils. It is not outstanding because adults do not invariably expect the most, particularly from the most able pupils. Adults do not set routinely sufficiently challenging tasks for these pupils. Pupils’ outcomes are good but not outstanding. Pupils currently achieve in line with those in the country as a whole. This is an improved picture from previous years. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are exceptionally polite, friendly and welcoming to visitors. Pupils say that there is no bullying. Pupils are kind to one another. The outstanding behaviour reflects the high quality of the school’s promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils know right from wrong. They are considerate towards others. The school is a happy and harmonious community, where all members look out for one another. The Nursery and Reception classes provide a nurturing and happy environment, where children learn effectively through play. Activities are exciting and stimulate children’s speaking skills well.