Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Name Lathom Junior School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Lathom Road, East Ham, London, E6 2DU
Phone Number 02084720386
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 569 (50.6% boys 49.4% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Newham
Percentage Free School Meals 26%
Percentage English is Not First Language 88.9%
Persistent Absence 12.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.2%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and governors have ensured that the good standard of education has been sustained since the previous inspection.

Senior leaders have created a strong climate for learning and high expectations across the school. They work very well as a team and have an impressive range of skills, knowledge and experience. Collectively, they have the capacity to improve the school further.

Staff are proud and happy to work at the school. The quality of teaching and learning is good. Teachers are supported well by leaders to improve their skills.

As a result, most pupils make the progress that the school expects of them in reading, writing... and mathematics. Some pupils in the older year groups make very good progress. Year 6 pupils who left the school in 2016 achieved standards in reading, writing and mathematics that were above average.

They were well prepared for secondary education. Learning mentors provide excellent support to targeted pupils across the school. They have a significant impact on pupils' well-being and achievement.

Their work inspires pupils and adults alike. Pupils are friendly and they behave well. Their personal development is promoted successfully.

They are kept safe and are happy at school. Governors support leaders well and have risen to the challenge of providing governance to the two schools in the federation. They recognise that they need to recruit further governors to meet the demands of their roles and increase the level of challenge that they offer to leaders.

Leaders work successfully across the two schools in the federation. Transition arrangements need to be strengthened to ensure that pupils build rapidly on the skills and knowledge they develop in key stage 1. Safeguarding of pupils is effective.

However, in the recent past, senior leaders and governors have not been rigorous in their checks on record keeping relating to safeguarding. Not all leaders are confident in using the school's assessment system to support teachers to help pupils make consistently good progress. Tasks set for the most able pupils do not consistently help them to make the rapid progress of which they are capable in writing and mathematics.

The quality of handwriting and the presentation of work across the school is variable.

Information about this school

Lathom Junior School is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school is part of a hard federation with Altmore Infant School.

All leaders except the head of school work across both sites. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding is well above average. The majority of pupils come from a Pakistani background.

The next largest groups are Sri Lankan Tamil and Indian pupils. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.