Guru Nanak Sikh Primary School

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Guru Nanak Sikh Primary School

Name Guru Nanak Sikh Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Springfield Road, Hayes, UB4 0LT
Phone Number 020 85616318
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Sikh
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 427
Local Authority Hillingdon
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about the school

Guru Nanak Singh Primary is a two-form entry school with a Nursery serving a mixed socio-economic location in Hayes in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The vast majority of pupils are from an Indian heritage, almost all speaking Panjabi at home. Over 50% of pupils enter the Nursery with no words of English, some being very recent arrivals in the country from Afghanistan. The proportions of pupils eligible for free school meals or identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities are well below the national average. The school holds the International School award. The headteacher is also leader of the secondary academy on the same site.

Main findings

Guru Nanak Sikh Primary is an outstanding school. It is vastly oversubscribed because of its excellent reputation in the area. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school, as reflected by comments from parents, for example: ‘This is a great school and a credit to society as the school provides an excellent environment for both pupils and teachers to excel’ and ‘School has a fantastic ethos. I feel extremely privileged to have received a place for my children.’ Pupils also have very positive views of the school. All those who completed the survey expressed their enjoyment of school and the high level of care that they receive. Leadership and management of the school are outstanding. The Chair of the Governing Body and the headteacher provide inspirational leadership. They have played a pivotal role in the school’s significant improvement over recent years. Senior and middle leaders and governors have pupils’ interests at the heart of all that the school does. About half of the pupils enter the school with little or no knowledge of English and limited pre-school experience. They make outstanding progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage so that attainment is well above average in many areas by the end of Reception. This excellent start is built on extremely well so that, by the end of Year 2, attainment in all areas is high. Pupils’ achievement by the end of Year 6 is outstanding and attainment is high in English and mathematics. Writing, including that of boys and the more able, is improving and is above average. School tracking and scrutiny of work in books indicate that writing in the current Year 6 and Year 5 is on track to improve further. The quality of teaching is outstanding. In the vast majority of lessons, pupils make at least good progress because teachers have high expectations for all pupils. The school has very clear knowledge of how well pupils are doing and teachers use assessment data effectively to plan lessons thoroughly with tasks that are suitable for different groups. In a small minority of lessons teachers do not use questions and discussions effectively to probe pupils’ understanding, enabling them to answer in depth. The curriculum is outstanding and is highly responsive to pupils’ cultural background and the needs of pupils with English as an additional language. A wide range of extra-curricular activities enhances pupils’ learning. The school is harmonious and pupils are cared for and supported very well. Pupils say they feel very safe in school at all times and have a clear understanding of the factors that affect their health and well-being. They are justifiably proud of their school and positively engage in activities to make it even better. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exemplary and underpins the very strong ethos within the school. The school identifies high ideals for it to make a positive contribution to humanity. Procedures to safeguard pupils are of a high quality and pupils’ safety and well-being are paramount. The school has a great appetite to seek out effective links with other schools and outside agencies to benefit pupils’ learning. It is very inclusive and promotes equality of opportunity and tackles any discrimination extremely well. It provides outstanding value for money. All these factors indicate an outstanding capacity to sustain improvement.