Fullwood Primary School


Name Fullwood Primary School
Website http://www.fullwoodprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 June 2013
Address 21-24 Burford Close, Off Hatley Avenue, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, IG6 1ER
Phone Number 02085513288
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 471 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.6
Local Authority Redbridge
Percentage Free School Meals 8.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 74.1%

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school and increased from one and a half to two forms of entry in the summer term 2011. The headteacher was in post at the time of the previous inspection and is currently the executive headteacher of this and another school. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is average. This is additional funding for children looked after by the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families. In this school there are no children who are looked after by the local authority or who come from service families. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average, as is the proportion from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is around the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This school is exceptionally well led by the executive headteacher, associate and deputy headteachers and school business leader. All leaders and teachers are totally focused on providing the best possible teaching to ensure that all pupils develop a wide range of skills that prepare them very well for the future world of work. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers set very high expectations in lessons in all subjects and classes across the school. Consequently all groups of pupils make rapid progress, mostly from low starting points. Achievement is outstanding. Many pupils achieve a very high standard in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. Leaders at all levels, including the governing body, ensure that progress is tracked very systematically and any underachievement is picked up early. Assessment of what pupils have learned is used very well to plan next steps, so that resources and activities, including the use of support staff, are highly effective in helping develop pupils’ skills. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. This is a warm and welcoming school. Pupils are extremely courteous and polite and keen to welcome any visitors to the school. The high-quality relationships between pupils, and between adults and pupils, ensure pupils develop excellent confidence and self-esteem. Opportunities for pupils to take responsibilities and contribute to the life of the school are exceptional. Relationships with parents, carers and families are outstanding and communications about pupils’ work ensure parents and carers are able to help their children at home. The subjects taught are exceptionally well planned, widen pupils’ experiences and link well to the high-quality and purposeful writing. Pupils’ have highly developed spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding because the school has an exceptionally strong programme of personal and social education, with many opportunities provided for pupils to develop their spiritual and cultural awareness.