Friars Grove Primary School

Name Friars Grove Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 October 2013
Address Upland Drive, Colchester, Essex, CO4 0PZ
Phone Number 01206843683
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 419 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 10.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Friar’s Grove is a larger than average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils come from a White British background, with around one fifth from minority ethnic backgrounds with no sizeable representation from any one group. A small minority of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average, and the proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding provided to support children entitled to free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. All groups of pupils achieve well. Rates of progress are accelerating throughout the school. Teaching in the school is good. Teachers have high expectations of their pupils and use their good subject knowledge to plan engaging lessons. The overall effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Disadvantaged pupils, those with special educational needs and those from minority ethnic groups do well. Pupils enjoy school, behave well and attend regularly. They are confident learners and enthusiastic about their lessons. School leaders have taken effective action to improve teaching, which has led to improved rates of progress for all pupils. The school has the support of the vast majority of parents who believe their children are making good progress. The governing body supports monitors and challenges the school well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet a high enough proportion of outstanding teaching to ensure that pupils’ progress is rapid in all subjects. Teachers do not give pupils sufficient opportunities to work independently. When teachers mark pupils’ books, they do not always make it clear to them what they need to do to improve.