Lessness Heath Primary School

Lessness Heath Primary School

Name Lessness Heath Primary School
Website http://www.lessnessheath-bexley.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Address Erith Road, Belvedere, DA17 6HB
Phone Number 01322433290
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 639 (52.3% boys 47.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 32.9
Academy Sponsor The Primary First Trust
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 27.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.0%
Persistent Absence 11.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.5%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school School leaders, trust leaders and governors, are committed to providing the best possible education for all pupils.

The headteacher provides strong leadership and has high ambitions for the school. She is well supported by a dedicated leadership team and staff. Together, they have successfully created a caring and inclusive school.

Pupils throughout the school make good progress from their starting points in a range of subjects, including reading, mathematics and, particularly, writing. Teaching is good overall and sometimes outstanding. Governors have a good understanding of how well pupils are achieving.

They challenge leaders ...to show the impact of their work to improve teaching; they also support them in ensuring that high targets are set and reached. Pupils enjoy and benefit from a broad curriculum, including a variety of out-of-school activities. This makes a strong contribution to their understanding of the wider world.

Pupils behave with consideration and care. They look out for each other and are fully involved in school life. The school develops and nurtures its pupils well.

As a result, they feel safe and secure and have few concerns about bullying. Rewards and supportive action for pupils and their families have led to rising attendance. Children in the early years make excellent progress in their learning and social development.

This is because of consistently good care and a well-organised, stimulating and secure environment. Parents comment very favourably on the school and most say they would recommend it to others. At times, pupils are uncertain of their targets in reading, writing and mathematics.

Pupils' handwriting and presentation sometimes lack care. They do not have sufficient opportunity to extend their writing skills in other subjects.

Information about this school

The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.

Lessness Heath Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. It has three classes in each year group. The early years consists of a morning and afternoon nursery provision and two full-time Reception classes.

The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average and increasing. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is below the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is below the national average.

The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is also below the national average. There is a breakfast club before school and extended care after school for five days a week on the school site, offered by an external provider. Following the inspection of the predecessor school in February 2015, the school converted to become an academy and is part of the Primary First Trust.