Maple Grove Primary School

Name Maple Grove Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 October 2012
Address High Road, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex, SS13 3AB
Phone Number 01268553547
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 296 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 28.5
Academy Sponsor Lion Academy Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 31.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 17.6%
Persisitent Absence 15.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average junior school. The large majority of pupils are White British. The percentage of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below the national figure; the proportion who speak English as an additional language is below average. The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and pupils who have special educational needs is above average, as is the number of pupils who need extra help. There are a number of children who are looked after by the local authority and others at risk of not doing well in each year group who receive additional support funded by the Pupil Premium. The school is a member of the Basildon Education Schools Trust (BEST). The school meets the current standards expected by the government (floor targets).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Teaching is good. Lessons are well organised. Teachers make sure all pupils are challenged to learn as much as they can. In one third of lessons outstanding teaching led to the pupils making rapid progress. Effective checking of how well teachers help pupils to learn has improved pupils’ progress and raised standards. Teachers understand what pupils can do and what they need to learn. They use this information well to set targets and track how well pupils are making progress. Pupils make good progress from when they enter the school in Year 3 to when they leave in Year 6. Pupils at risk of not doing well make good, and sometimes outstanding, progress because : effective care and support helps them to learn. Additional government funding (the Pupil Premium) has been used effectively. Pupils behave well and say they feel safe and ‘love it here’. Parents recognise the great deal of attention the staff give to caring for pupils. Attendance is high. The headteacher and her senior team have high expectations of staff and pupils. The headteacher’s drive and ambition have been the key factors in the rapid progress pupils are making. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of the pupils’ writing requires further improvement particularly in Years 3 and 4. Opportunities to involve pupils in discussion and to teach them how to work by themselves are sometimes missed. Information on pupil progress has not been agreed with feeder schools. This slows the progress of pupils when they join the school.