Furness Primary School


Name Furness Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 11 June 2015
Address Furness Road, Harlesden, London, NW10 5YT
Phone Number 02089655977
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 435 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor Excellence In Education Trust
Local Authority Brent
Percentage Free School Meals 20%
Percentage English is Not First Language 71.7%
Persisitent Absence 13.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 11%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Furness Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school is federated with Oakington Manor Primary School. The federation is led by an executive headteacher and shares one governing body. The school has a part-time Nursery class and three full-time Reception classes. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional government funding provided to give extra support to pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after) is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school other than at the usual times is well above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school runs a daily breakfast club.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The executive headteacher and the governors are ambitious for pupils. They have set a clear direction for the school and its improvement. Leaders and managers work well as a team to check the quality of teaching, and provide teachers with effective support to bring about improvements. As a result, the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement have improved since the previous inspection and are now good. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics, and standards are broadly average by the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. Robust systems are in place to check the progress of pupils, and provide them with effective support to ensure that they do well in their learning. As a result, all groups of pupils make good progress. Teachers and teaching assistants work effectively as a team to ensure that pupils make good progress. Provision in the early years is good, with children making good progress from their starting points. Pupils’ behaviour and safety are good. Pupils are friendly, polite and respectful, and have good attitudes to learning. They are well cared for and kept safe by staff. The school promotes British values effectively and teaches pupils how to be kind and respectful to others. It provides pupils with sufficient opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness and prepares them well for life in modern Britain. The governing body is effective and holds senior leaders to good account. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Attainment in writing across the school is weaker than in reading and mathematics. Pupils do not routinely use their learning targets in English and mathematics to check their progress towards achieving them. Teaching does not always ensure that some of the weaker learners make the rapid progress of which they are capable. Pupils do not consistently take sufficient care over the presentation of their work, and their work is sometimes untidy. Attendance is below the national average.