|Name||Mitchell Brook Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||03 November 2015|
|Address||Bridge Road, London, NW10 9BX|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||653 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||16.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||56%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The school has expanded since the previous inspection. There are now three classes in each year group, except Years 5 and 6, where there are two classes. Since the previous inspection, the leadership team has been developed to include four assistant headteachers. The school has a number of awards including Achievement for All and Science Quality Marks. They were winners of the 2015 Fair Play Award. There are 35 places in the school’s nursery with all children attending on a full-time basis. Reception children also attend full time. Over half of the pupils are disadvantaged and known to be eligible for the pupil premium. This is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding which the school receives from the government to provide extra support for pupils looked after by the local authority or pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils attending from a range of minority ethnic groups is high compared to the national average. A high proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language and of these, some join the school with little or no spoken English. The proportion of disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs is above the national average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set out the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Mitchell Brook is a vibrant learning community. The school motto, ‘Inspiring the minds of tomorrow’ accurately describes daily life at the school. The headteacher provides inspirational leadership. Her uncompromising drive to ensure all pupils have the very best education permeates the school. All leaders are highly effective. They are very well supported by a knowledgeable governing body. Together, they make sure that high quality teaching is a feature every day, in all subjects, for all pupils. Pupils excel in their learning and progress. As a result, achievement is outstanding. By the time they leave school, pupils’ attainment is in line with national averages, and for many it is above this. Children make an excellent start to their education because provision in the early years is outstanding. Their daily experiences are characterised by high quality teaching that secures rapid rates of progress. Teachers regularly and accurately check the academic progress that pupils make. Any pupils at risk of falling behind are identified quickly. The school then provides extra guidance and support to help them catch up. Pupils enjoy reading and the school library offers them an excellent range of children’s literature, including dual-language books for pupils new to speaking English. Leaders emphasise the importance of reading at home. The school provides books and workshops to support families. The school’s curriculum provides challenging, varied and meaningful learning experiences for pupils. An excellent range of educational visits, clubs and special events helps bring learning alive. All pupils learn a musical instrument and participate in regular, high-quality physical education. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They display impeccable manners during lessons, in the playground and towards visitors. Personal development is a key strength. Pupils say that they feel safe and are free from bullying of any kind. They are kind and considerate towards each other and help others in their community. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school. They are proud of the children’s achievements and enjoy visiting the school for coffee mornings, events and workshops.