Gearies Primary School

Name Gearies Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Waremead Road, Ilford, IG2 6TF
Phone Number 02085501803
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 808 (50.1% boys 49.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 27.3
Local Authority Redbridge
Percentage Free School Meals 7.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 81.4%
Persistent Absence 10.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 2.3%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (30 September 2014)
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Information about this school

Gearies Primary School opened in 2013 following the amalgamation of a former infant and junior school. It was awarded National Teaching School status in April 2014 and works with other local schools as part of the Gants Hill Partnership Teaching Alliance. The school is much larger than the average primary school, with three classes in each year group. It is expected that pupil numbers will continue to grow. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Pupils from minority ethnic groups make up nearly the whole school roll. The majority of these pupils are from Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other Asian heritages. The vast majority of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils eligible for additional support through pupil premium funding is broadly average. This is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those in local authority care.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Children get off to a very strong start in the early years. Outstanding provision leads to rapid pupil progress. Progress is sustained for all groups of pupils because any gaps in achievement between individuals or groups are quickly noticed and acted upon. Teachers create an extremely positive climate for learning. They equip pupils with skills to help them stay safe and take increasing responsibility for their own behaviour. Teachers plan very interesting and thought-provoking lessons which inspire pupils and help them see connections between subjects. The headteacher and senior leaders have created a powerful team spirit in the short period since amalgamation. They have secured a common understanding of the school’s aims and high expectations among staff and governors which is driving rapid school improvement. The rich and exciting curriculum prepares pupils exceptionally well for their future lives. It helps them make sense of the moral issues they encounter. Well-informed governors hold school leaders rigorously to account. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school’s work. They appreciate the opportunities the school provides for them to participate and express their views.