Harold Wood Primary School

Name Harold Wood Primary School
Website http://www.haroldwoodprimaryschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Recreation Avenue, Harold Wood, Romford, RM3 0TH
Phone Number 01708345473
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 604 (50.7% boys 49.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.8
Local Authority Havering
Percentage Free School Meals 14.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18%
Persisitent Absence 11.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (27 February 2019)
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Information about this school

The school is much larger than the averaged-sized primary school. The number of pupils on roll has increased since the previous inspection. There are three classes in each year group with the exception of Year 6, which has two. There will be three classes in each year group from September 2019. The proportions of disadvantaged pupils and pupils speaking English as an additional language are lower than the national averages. The proportion of pupils receiving support for their SEND is lower than average although the proportion of pupils with an education, health and care plan is above average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school has improved since the previous inspection as a result of determined leadership. Leaders have maintained the existing strengths and significantly enhanced pupils’ personal development. Pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics is above the national average. While pupils also make good progress in other subjects, it is not as strong as in English and mathematics. Good teaching, learning and assessment leads to pupils attaining highly. Provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), and for those who speak English as an additional language is strong. Pupils leave the school well prepared for secondary school. The curriculum interests pupils. It provides them with memorable learning, and the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the next stage of their education. The governing body has a clear and detailed understanding of what is working well and what needs to improve. Governors keep a close eye on how well the school is doing. Parents and carers are highly supportive of the school. They praise numerous aspects of provision. One summarised the views of many, highlighting the ‘caring and nurturing community where children are challenged, and given opportunities to pursue their interests and develop their character’. Children get off to a good start in the early years. The environment is inviting. Teaching sparks children’s curiosity and instils good habits that enable them to be successful during their remaining time in the school. Pupils’ behaviour throughout the school is outstanding. Pupils demonstrate respect for each other and for adults. They value their education highly. Pupils have a thorough understanding of cultural diversity and the importance of understanding how people are different. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders have established robust procedures to ensure that pupils feel safe and are safe in school.