Grazebrook Primary School


Name Grazebrook Primary School
Website http://www.grazebrook.hackney.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 22 February 2012
Address Grazebrook Primary School, Lordship Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0QP
Phone Number 02088024051
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 468 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.8
Local Authority Hackney
Percentage Free School Meals 13.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.2%

Information about the school

Grazebrook Primary is a larger than average-sized school. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those for whom English is an additional language are well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is smaller than average. Most of this group have moderate learning difficulties. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. Since the previous inspection, the school has gained many accreditations, including Primary Science Silver Quality Mark, Sing Up Silver, and the Rights Respecting School award. The school runs a daily breakfast club and after- school club. In September 2010, the school formed a soft federation with a local primary school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. Since the time of the previous inspection, there have been rapid and sustained improvements in all aspects of the school’s work. In this inclusive and caring learning environment, all pupils are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education. Because the school promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well, pupils grow in self-confidence and achieve extremely well. From starting points in the Early Years Foundation Stage which are similar to those found nationally, pupils make outstanding progress. Since the previous inspection, pupils have made exceptional progress from previously low starting points so that attainment at the end of Year 6 is now consistently high in English and well above average in mathematics. There are no significant or consistent differences between the achievements of any groups of pupils. Teaching is outstanding as teachers have an excellent understanding of pupils’ needs, plan effectively and challenge all to do as well as they can. High-quality academic support is provided for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Pupils and their parents and carers confirm that pupils feel very safe, behave well and develop very positive attitudes towards learning. A few parents, carers and pupils raised concerns that inappropriate name-calling that occurs occasionally in the playground is not always dealt with efficiently by duty staff. Exemplary leadership at all levels drives a relentless focus on improving all aspects of the school’s work, including the performance of the staff team. Leaders develop teachers’ skills through effective monitoring and feedback, coaching and sharing of good practice. Half-termly pupil progress meetings held with all teachers and senior leaders ensure that they are accountable for the progress of every pupil. Leaders have transformed the school environment, where the curriculum ensures many enjoyable and stimulating experiences.