Goldbeaters Primary School

Name Goldbeaters Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 06 December 2016
Address Thirleby Road, Burnt Oak, Edgware, HA8 0HA
Phone Number 02089596033
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 468 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.9
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 28.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 68.8%
Persisitent Absence 6.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 27.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes, our last distance offered data is FREE

Information about this school

Goldbeaters Primary School is larger than most primary schools. The school is part of the Gold Star Federation which includes The Orion, another local primary school. The principal and a single governing body oversee the work of both schools. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than that seen nationally. The percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium funding is much higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher that seen nationally. The school runs after-school and breakfast clubs which are managed by the governing body. The school meets the government’s floor standard (the minimum expected of pupil attainment and progress). The school meets statutory requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The school has improved since the previous inspection. The outstanding and visionary leadership of the principal enables pupils and staff to learn and teach with high levels of enthusiasm and excitement. Lessons led by energetic teachers are vibrant and stimulating. Pupils are animated about their learning and make rapid progress. From very low starting points, pupils’ standards in reading, writing and mathematics have risen every year and are above average. The proportion of pupils achieving expected levels in writing is particularly high. Leaders at all levels work closely with staff to bring about constant improvements to teaching and learning. Sport, music, drama and art are key elements within the school’s rich curriculum. The close partnership with the other school in the Gold Star Federation provides Goldbeaters’ pupils with top-of-the-range facilities and experiences. All staff receive highly effective training and support. Their skills and knowledge are focused on rapidly improving pupils’ learning. Pupils’ behaviour is remarkable. They help each other, work together and can become deeply absorbed in their learning. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exemplary. During lessons, pupils reflect on their learning to help them improve. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes learn quickly. Staff organise an exciting array of learning activities both indoors and out. Governors are passionate and ambitious for the school. They know what it does well and are able to hold leaders to account. The parental community hold the school in extremely high regard. The volume of written and verbal praise received by the inspection team was overwhelming and heartening. Senior leaders have already identified that the most able pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, make good progress. However, they are capable of even more, especially at the highest levels.