George Carey Church of England Primary School

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About George Carey Church of England Primary School

Name George Carey Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Mr Christopher Harrison
Address The Rivergate Centre, Minter Road, Barking, IG11 0FJ
Phone Number 02082704040
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 666
Local Authority Barking and Dagenham
Highlights from Latest Inspection


George Carey Church of England Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy to attend this caring and inclusive school.

Leaders and staff have created a warm environment that supports pupils' learning. The school's values of unity, respect, love and peace permeate all aspects of school life. Pupils are kind, polite and respectful.

They value and celebrate differences in one another. Pupils enjoy positive working relationships with staff.

Leaders are ambitious for all pupils.

Pupils work hard. They try their best to live up to the high expectations that staff have for their achievements and behaviour.... Pupils behave well in and out of lessons.

Classrooms are calm places where pupils focus on their learning. Most pupils achieve well. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those who speak English as an additional language.

Leaders do not tolerate bullying. Pupils said that bullying hardly ever happens. When it does, staff deal with it straight away.

This helps pupils to feel safe in school.

Pupils enjoy a wide range of clubs and additional activities. These include karate and cricket.

Pupils have opportunities to be creative and learn about the environment and their community. Parents and carers are very positive about the school and the education that their children receive.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have created a curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils.

In most subjects, leaders have carefully identified the important subject knowledge that they want pupils to learn. This includes for children in the early years. In these subjects, pupils are able to remember more over time.

For example, in mathematics, pupils fluently recall previously taught vocabulary and skills when learning new concepts. However, in a small number of subjects, leaders are still fine-tuning when subject content should be taught and how this will help pupils to retain knowledge. This means that in some instances, some pupils are not able to remember what they have learned in the long term.

Staff have the knowledge that they need to deliver the curriculum confidently. They work closely with other colleagues to share ideas and expertise. Teachers prepare learning that builds on what pupils have been taught before.

They plan activities that enable pupils to understand and apply subject content, and in turn, learn well across subjects. For instance, in Year 5 geography, pupils were able to use their knowledge of coordinates to find grid references on a map. When delivering the curriculum, teachers check that pupils understand the ideas and concepts being taught and help to correct any misconceptions quickly.

This helps pupils to achieve well.

Reading is at the heart of the curriculum. In the Nursery classes, pupils enjoy joining in with stories, songs and rhymes.

From Reception, phonics is taught using a well-organised programme. Staff are trained well to deliver the phonics scheme consistently. Adults quickly spot pupils who struggle with reading.

They ensure that these pupils get the extra help needed to catch up. Pupils read books which closely reflect the sounds that they are learning. Teachers read a wide selection of books to pupils.

These books inspire pupils to become keen readers themselves.

Children in the early years get off to a positive start in school. Their curriculum is well planned and delivered effectively.

Staff design meaningful activities for children to explore and apply their new knowledge. Adults are skilled in modelling to children how to use language and express themselves. Children settle quickly and are enthusiastic learners.

This means that children in Reception are well prepared for Year 1.

Leaders identify pupils with SEND at the earliest possible opportunity. Through well-planned adaptations, these pupils learn well alongside their peers.

Those pupils with more complex needs receive carefully adapted teaching, for instance through one-to-one support from adults. This supports their learning well. Those pupils who speak English as an additional language receive the extra help that they need to develop their vocabulary and communication skills.

Leaders provide a wide range of opportunities intended to enhance pupils' broader development. School visitors and local trips are planned with the aim of deepening pupils' understanding of other places and cultures. Pupils learn about other faiths and visit different places of worship.

They spoke confidently about what they had been taught about democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law.

Pupils take pride in playing an active and responsible role in the life of the school and the local community. This includes being school councillors, digital leaders and librarians.

Pupils are encouraged to consider the needs of others by donating food to the local food bank and raising money for charity.

Governors regularly visit the school and talk to pupils and staff. This helps them to check what leaders tell them.

Leaders and governors consider staff's workload, and staff feel well supported.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Leaders have created a safe culture.

There are thorough checks on all staff working at the school. Staff receive regular safeguarding training. They know pupils well and are aware of any signs that could mean a pupil may be at risk of harm.

When concerns are raised, leaders follow these up swiftly. Leaders work effectively with outside agencies to ensure that families and pupils get the support that they need.

The curriculum supports pupils to learn about safety online and in the local area.

Pupils are confident that adults will help them if they are worried.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, leaders have recently rearranged sequences of learning with the aim of ensuring that pupils are well supported to retain the knowledge taught. This work has not had time to embed.

As a result, some pupils are not remembering what they have learned in the long term. Leaders should continue to ensure that the implementation of the curriculum enables pupils to learn and remember what is being taught.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in October 2012.

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