Lady Bankes Infant School

Name Lady Bankes Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 07 July 2015
Address Dawlish Drive, Ruislip, HA4 9SF
Phone Number 01895634180
Type Primary
Age Range 3-7
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Hillingdon
Percentage Free School Meals 10.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 20.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Lady Bankes Infant School is larger than the average primary school. It shares a building with a junior school which is led and managed separately. There are 90 children in the nursery who attend the school on a part-time basis. All other pupils attend full time. About one in three children begin the Reception year having not attended the nursery. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils entitled to additional government funding is lower than average. The proportion of pupils who are of a minority ethnic heritage is above average. Those who speak English as an additional language is broadly average, although some of these are at a very early stage of developing skills in English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is broadly average. School leaders manage a breakfast club on behalf of governors.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The headteacher, governors and leaders at all levels pursue excellence relentlessly and ensure all pupils have an equal opportunity to achieve. They have made sure that pupils are taught consistently well and that their achievement is outstanding. Teachers and support staff know the pupils they teach very well and make sure the work given to pupils is well matched to their abilities. Teachers use strong subject knowledge and effective questioning to provide very helpful guidance and challenge to pupils. The curriculum enables pupils to learn new skills and acquire knowledge in depth. Learning is equally well assessed across all subjects taught. The school’s values are used effectively as a basis to prepare pupils for their future lives in modern Britain. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is enriched by the many occasions pupils are invited to stop and think deeply about their lessons and experiences. Pupils choose to behave well and can adapt their behaviour to suit the occasion. They demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning and feel well protected from any form of discrimination. Parents are very confident about the work of school leaders and governors to keep children safe. Leaders keep a close eye on the safety of the premises and make sure that safeguarding arrangements are well understood. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are well prepared for the next stage in their education by skilful teaching of basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Governors have a very thorough knowledge of the work of the school. They fulfil their duties with diligence and impressive acumen.