Keir Hardie Primary School

Name Keir Hardie Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 December 2012
Address 13 Robertson Road, Canning Town, London, E16 1FZ
Phone Number 02074761284
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 457 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.8
Local Authority Newham
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 58.9%
Persisitent Absence 11.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is a larger than the average-sized primary school. The number of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above the national average. A large majority of pupils are from ethnic groups other than White British, mainly of Black African and White East European heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The headteacher was appointed in December 2011 after acting for 9 months. The school is in a regeneration area of Canning Town and pupils join the school at different points during the school year. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school has achieved the Sportsmark, inclusion Quality Mark 2012 (IQM), Artsmark, Healthy School Sustainable Travel Plan Accreditation, and Fairtrade Status. There are plans to build a new school on part of the existing site; this is due to open after 2014. The school does not use alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Most pupils make good progress in English and mathematics. Teaching is mostly good with some exceptional teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 3. In the majority of the teaching, planning is effective in meeting individual needs. There is a strong emphasis on developing pupils’ reading skills. Teachers and support staff offer great care and guidance to pupils. Consequently, pupils are well behaved and confident, and say they feel safe. Pupils’ books are marked regularly and pupils comment on the feedback given. Pupils’ attendance is above average; they are highly engaged in lessons and actively participate in class or group discussions. The headteacher provides outstanding leadership. She rigorously monitors the quality of teaching and provides effective support and training for teachers. Leaders including the governing body have high expectations for all pupils and provide effective challenge to successfully drive improvement in teaching and achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some pupils make less progress than they should because of inconsistency in checking the progress of different groups of learners and because pupils join the school at different points during the year. Some teaching, especially in Key Stage 2, does not fully address the needs of individuals.