Hereward Primary School

Name Hereward Primary School
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 27 June 2013
Address Colebrook Lane, Loughton, IG10 2HR
Phone Number 02085086465
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 451 (49.9% boys 50.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.5
Academy Sponsor Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 12.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 25.9%
Persisitent Absence 1.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British and other White backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for whom the school receives additional income, (the pupil premium), is above average. The Early Years Foundation Stage comprises a Nursery, which children attend in the morning or afternoon, and two Reception classes. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school holds the Eco-Schools (Silver) award. A privately run playgroup shares the school’s site. This was not included in the inspection. It is not managed by the governing body and is subject to a separate inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. All groups of pupils make excellent progress in reading, writing and mathematics. They acquire very good personal skills. Children get off to a very good start in the Nursery and Reception classes. They do well in all aspects of their learning and make very good gains in their personal development. Teaching is outstanding. Staff have very high expectations for pupils’ progress. They make sure all pupils have the chance to do equally well because work is interesting and very well matched to pupils’ abilities. Behaviour and safety are excellent. Pupils say they feel entirely safe and get on extremely well together in this large school. They support each other very well in their learning. They contribute enthusiastically to the school through their school council and the varied posts of responsibility they fulfil. The school promotes pupils’ all-round development very well. Pupils’ achievements are celebrated and their skills and talents are encouraged to flourish. Leadership and management are outstanding. All leaders are fully committed to ensuring pupils do their very best. Systems for checking the school’s work are robust and highly effective in improving pupils’ achievement. Leaders, including governors, maintain pupils’ high levels of achievement and outstanding teaching because they strongly promote a common aim and a highly consistent approach amongst staff. Training is used very well to develop staff’s expertise. Leaders recognise the need to maintain a focus on further raising pupils’ attainment in writing and on improving attendance.

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