Frith Manor Primary School

Name Frith Manor Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 April 2015
Address Lullington Garth, Woodside Park, London, N12 7BN
Phone Number 02083462388
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 596 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.2
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 11.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 63.4%
Persisitent Absence 8.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is slightly below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium grant (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority) is below average. A high proportion of these pupils have special educational needs. Over three quarters of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds, which is a high proportion. One in five pupils are of White British heritage with 16 further different ethnic groups represented in varying proportions. Over half of pupils speak English as an additional language, with some joining the school at a very early stage of English acquisition. This is well above average. Children attend the Nursery on a part-time basis; the school offers flexibility if parents want more than the statutory hours. Children attend the Reception class full time. 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. There have been a number of changes in staffing since the previous inspection. The make-up of the governing body has also changed. A new Chair of the Governing Body took up post this term.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders and governors have taken effective steps to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement since the last inspection so that these are now good. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics to reach standards that are above average, often significantly so. Teachers work together well, sharing best practice and listening carefully to leaders’ advice. Staff appreciate the quality of training they receive. Governance has improved significantly since the previous inspection. Governors are now very knowledgeable about the school and regularly challenge leaders to make further improvements. The school promotes British values exceptionally well, which contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Provision is particularly strong for the most able because teachers plan activities that really challenge them. Leaders and governors have ensured that attendance has risen sharply since the previous inspection. Pupils behave well. They enjoy learning, make playtimes harmonious and attend school regularly. The work the school does to keep pupils safe is effective. Teaching about road safety, for example, starts with the very youngest pupils. Disadvantaged pupils are now making equally good progress as others in the school. Early years provision is good. Children make good progress from their starting points because staff plan interesting activities that help them develop key skills. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils do not make rapid and sustained progress in all year groups. Expectations of the quality of pupils’ writing are not as high in other subjects as they are in English. There are not enough opportunities for pupils to apply their knowledge of mathematics to real-life situations or other subjects. Leaders do not always pinpoint where they can intervene quickly to improve behaviour, especially for pupils with particular behavioural needs.