|Name||Gifford Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||09 May 2013|
|Address||Greenhill Gardens, Northolt, UB5 6BU|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||941 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||24.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||66.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||16.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
This is a larger-than-average primary school which is expanding from three to four forms of entry. There are four classes in both Reception and Year 1. At the time of the inspection, a significant building programme was under way to accommodate the expansion to four forms of entry in every year by 2017. Approximately half of the pupils who attend the school are eligible for the pupil premium. This is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families. The majority of pupils come from minority ethnic groups, the proportion being much higher than the national average. About 5% of pupils are at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs at school action is high compared to national averages, whereas the proportion of pupils at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is above average. Nine pupils who are on the school’s roll are taught in the Hearing Impaired Unit. 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. Standards have risen rapidly at the school since the last inspection because of the pupils’ outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Consequently, by the end of Key Stage 2, pupils’ attainment in English and mathematics is at least average and improving. School leaders have extremely high expectations of adults and pupils which have led to rapid improvements in all aspects of the school’s work since the last inspection. Teaching is consistently good with many examples of outstanding practice. Pupils are clear about what they are expected to learn and the work is set at the right level to meet their needs and challenge their thinking. Opportunities to accelerate pupils’ progress by acting on teachers’ suggestions when marking work are sometimes missed. Support staff, who work with pupils in need of extra help, are making an exceptional contribution to raising standards. Pupils who are eligible for support under the pupil premium initiative make rapid and sustained progress in English and mathematics as a result of the focused additional support they receive. The school is committed to encouraging parents and carers to support their children with their learning at home and provides additional English language support classes for families who are new to Britain. Pupils are really keen to learn and are unreservedly polite and caring of one another. Their behaviour in lessons and around school is exemplary. Pupils feel very safe and well cared for. The school has excellent arrangements in place to ensure that pupils are safe at all times. Pupils whose hearing is impaired achieve extremely well because teaching is strong and tasks are very well matched to their needs. At times, however, the quality of ‘signing’ hinders pupils’ greater understanding as it does not always accurately reflect the technical vocabulary being used. The wide variety of themes and activities provided by the school, including after-school clubs and visits, ensures that pupils develop skills in a broad range of subjects and are very well prepared for their next stage of education. The governing body holds the school robustly to account for its performance and its management of the finances.