Heathland School

Name Heathland School
Website http://www.heathlandschool.net/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 12 February 2014
Address Eastcote Lane, South Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 9AG
Phone Number 02084224503
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 670 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 28.9
Academy Sponsor Heathland Whitefriars Federation
Local Authority Harrow
Percentage Free School Meals 14.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 71.6%
Persisitent Absence 11.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Heathland is much larger than the average-sized primary school. A minority of children join the school in the Nursery and most in the Reception classes. Elsewhere, the proportions of pupils leaving or joining the school at other than the usual times are higher than average. Pupils come from a very wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Around a third is of Other Asian, mainly Tamil, heritage. The other larger groups are from Black African, Indian, Pakistani and a variety of eastern European backgrounds. Most pupils speak English as an additional language and many join the school speaking little or no English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is well-below average and has declined in recent years. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. Around half of the pupils in the school receive additional funding through the pupil premium. This proportion is much higher than average and, in this school, is provided for pupils known to be entitled to free school meals and a very few who are looked after by the local authority. The school is federated with Whitefriars School in Wealdstone. The executive headteacher leads both schools and the senior leadership team is also deployed across the partnership. The two schools share a governing body. The school runs before- and after-school clubs which are managed by the governing body. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school is a United Nations recognised Rights Respecting School. The school is a lead partner in the Harrow Teaching School Alliance, training teachers and leaders on behalf of the Teaching Agency.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils of all abilities achieve exceptionally well, often from very low starting points, to reach levels of attainment that are significantly above average in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Highly effective teaching captures pupils’ imagination and enables them to make rapid progress throughout the school. The school uses the considerable additional pupil premium funding imaginatively and effectively to enable all pupils to achieve equally well. Pupils show a real enthusiasm for learning and behave extremely well around the school. The school is a very happy place where pupils from a wide range of backgrounds enjoy being together. Pupils place great trust in the adults around them. They feel very safe because everybody is committed to ensuring that they are free from harm. The headteacher provides visionary leadership which inspires everybody at the school to do the very best for the pupils. Senior and middle leaders are highly effective and make an extremely important contribution to improving teaching and learning. The relentless drive of leaders and staff has improved pupils’ achievement and behaviour and the quality of teaching since the previous inspection. Pupils enjoy the exceptional range of opportunities they have to take part in sport, music and drama. The school promotes all aspects of pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development extremely well. Governors are experienced and well informed and play an important role in helping leaders to improve the school.