Gilbert Colvin Primary School

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About Gilbert Colvin Primary School

Name Gilbert Colvin Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Liz Cohen
Address Strafford Avenue, Ilford, IG5 0TL
Phone Number 02085504630
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 398
Local Authority Redbridge
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school because : Standards by the end of Year 6 have improved significantly in all subjects since the last inspection.

Pupils now make good progress across the school. Most teaching is good across the school, and some is outstanding. Pupils learn well because their teachers and teaching assistants use questions effectively to encourage pupils to explain their understanding.

Parents and carers are very pleased that their children are happy and looked after in school. Pupils have good attitudes to learning. They listen well and respond with enthusiasm in lessons.

They are courteous and look after the school and each other. The school care...s for its pupils very well and keeps them safe. The headteacher and other leaders have high expectations of teachers and pupils.

The training and support given to staff have led to significant improvements in the quality of teaching and pupils' achievement. Governors are knowledgeable and are effective in checking that key improvements are made. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching.

Teachers do not always help pupils to understand how they can improve their work. Sometimes the work set for the most able pupils is not challenging enough. Some leaders who are new to their roles are not yet fully involved in improving the quality of teaching and achievement in their subjects.

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is lower than the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked-after children.

The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have 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 similar to that found nationally. The school makes use of places offered to disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs in The Hatton School and Special Needs Centre.

Most pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion speaking English as an additional language is much higher than the national average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Since the previous inspection there have been several changes in staff. There is a privately run breakfast and after-school club on the school site. This is inspected separately.

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