Freshwaters Primary Academy

Name Freshwaters Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 April 2015
Address School Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM20 3QA
Phone Number 01279454688
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 422 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.9
Academy Sponsor Bmat Education
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 19.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 30.8%
Persisitent Absence 8.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Freshwaters Primary became an academy on 1 September 2013. It is sponsored by Burnt Mill Academy Trust. The academy is an above average-sized primary school. Children in the Reception Year attend full time. Those in the Nursery attend part time for five mornings each week. The proportion of pupils of minority ethnic heritage is above average, as is the proportion who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is average. This funding is for pupils in the care of the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The previous headteacher left the school at the end of the autumn term in 2013. The present head of school took over as acting headteacher from that point and his leadership was made permanent in September 2014. Since the school became an academy, there have been a number of other changes in teaching staff.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The head of school, senior leaders, the academy trust and the advisory board have worked well together to raise achievement and improve the quality of teaching. They have high expectations and the academy is continuously improving. The academy provides well for children in the early years. They make good progress in communication and language, physical development and in personal, social and emotional development in the Nursery. They achieve well in all areas of learning in the Reception Year to reach a good level of development by the time they move up to Year 1. Achievement is good overall at Key Stages 1 and 2, and pupils do particularly well in Year 2 and in Years 5 and 6. Most pupils in other year groups make at least the expected amount of progress. Teaching is good and the academy has effective systems for developing teachers’ skills. This has enabled it to bring about continuous improvement in the quality of teaching despite a number of staff changes. Pupils behave well and feel safe in the academy. They are eager to learn and usually concentrate well in lessons. Many older pupils display outstanding attitudes and behave exceptionally well. The academy promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. It promotes British values effectively and prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Children do not have as many opportunities as they could to develop their reading, writing and mathematical skills in the Nursery. Where there are gaps between the attainment of some pupils and their classmates, the academy does not identify as closely as it could what help they need. When leaders check pupils’ books, they do not focus enough on making sure that tasks are not too difficult for less-able pupils. In some classes, teachers’ marking does not always make clear to pupils what they could do to improve their work.