Menorah Primary School

Name Menorah Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 29 February 2012
Address The Wohl Campus, 1-3 the Drive, Golders Green, London, NW11 9SP
Phone Number 02084581276
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Jewish
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 440 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 2.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.1%
Persisitent Absence 4.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Menorah Primary is an above-average sized school situated in a residential area of North London. Pupils come from the Orthodox Jewish community. The proportion who speak English as an additional language is low compared with the national average and so is the proportion known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is in line with the national average though the proportion with a statement of special educational needs is above average. These needs relate mainly to physical or medical needs and speech and language difficulties. Boys and girls are taught in single-sex classes from the time they leave the Nursery. The school meets the current floor standard and has Healthy Schools status.

Key findings

Menorah Primary is an outstanding school where pupils achieve exceptionally well. The strength and vision of the school’s leadership have brought about considerable improvements in the quality of teaching and the curriculum since the previous inspection, resulting in excellent progress for pupils. Over the five years since the previous inspection, standards in English, mathematics and science at the end of Year 6 have been high compared with other schools nationally. This represents outstanding progress for pupils who enter the Nursery with skills which are broadly in line with those expected for their age. Teaching in the school is outstanding. This is because of the exceptional quality of the planning across all subjects, providing high levels of challenge for pupils of all abilities. Teachers have high expectations for what all pupils can achieve. Staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage have an excellent understanding of how young children learn and support them very skilfully in learning through exploration and discovery. However, the school is unable to provide a full range of opportunities for children’s outdoor learning because of limited accommodation and resources in the outside areas. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding, both in lessons and around the school. Both they and their parents and carers are rightly confident that the school keeps them safe at all times. Thanks to outstanding leadership and management, the areas of weakness identified by the previous inspection are now strengths. Systems for monitoring of teaching and tracking of pupils are used exceptionally well. Performance management is a priority and has led to the continuous improvement of teaching. The development of subject leaders since the previous inspection has enabled them to promote excellence in teaching and the curriculum very successfully. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptionally well promoted as a result of the rich curriculum and of the shared values of the school community.