Frithwood Primary School

Name Frithwood Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 March 2015
Address Carew Road, Northwood, HA6 3NJ
Phone Number 01923825548
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 432 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.4
Local Authority Hillingdon
Percentage Free School Meals 12%
Percentage English is Not First Language 37.7%
Persisitent Absence 7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Frithwood Primary School is much larger than an average-sized primary school. The school is led and managed by two co-headteachers. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic groups or who speak English as an additional language is about twice the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium funding is below the national average. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is below average. Children start school in the early years in the Nursery and attend part time, either mornings or afternoons, from age three. Reception-aged children are in school full time. The school runs a breakfast club from 7.45am to 8.45am every day and an after-school club from 3.15pm to 6pm. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteachers and school leaders are fully committed to providing a high standard of education for all pupils. They have been effective in maintaining good standards of teaching and achievement since the last inspection. Pupils in all year groups make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics because : teaching is good. This ensures that pupils are well prepared for their next stage in education. Children in the early years achieve well. As a result of good teaching and the happy and stimulating environment in which they learn, they are ready for Year 1. Pupils who speak English as an additional language make consistently good progress because of the good, targeted support they receive. Parents are very happy with the quality of education and care provided for their children. Pupils’ behaviour and conduct are exceptional at all times. They are enthusiastic and ready learners who show consistently high levels of care and consideration for each other. Their exemplary attitudes towards their learning across all subjects and years help them to make good progress. Pupils feel very safe in school. They know that all staff care for them. Pupils understand very clearly and are highly aware of how to keep themselves safe in a wide range of situations, including in relation to e-safety. The curriculum actively promotes the school’s values through prominent displays around the school. Pupils appreciate these displays, which link directly to British values and help to promote pupils’ good spiritual, social, moral and cultural development. Governors provide an effective level of support and challenge, and are ambitious for further improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Pupils’ progress is not rapid enough to secure outstanding progress in all year groups. Teachers’ marking and guidance are not always consistent with the school’s policy and, consequently, do not always help pupils improve their work. Teachers do not always check that pupils act upon the advice they are given. Leaders do not have consistently high expectations of what pupils, including the most able, can achieve. As a result, teachers do not set high enough targets for pupils’ achievement. Work is not always hard enough to ensure pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points.