Montpelier Primary School

Name Montpelier Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 March 2012
Address Montpelier Road, Ealing, London, W5 2QT
Phone Number 02089975855
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 682 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Ealing
Percentage Free School Meals 12.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 54.1%
Persisitent Absence 5.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a much larger than average primary school. Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage into two Nursery classes from the age of three on a part-time basis and three Reception classes on a full-time basis. The pupils come from a wide range of cultural heritages, the largest group being from White British and other White backgrounds. Just over half the pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below the national average, as is the proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. A small number of pupils have moderate learning difficulties. The school hosts a breakfast club and after-school club, which are managed by external providers and are inspected separately. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school holds the Healthy Schools award, the International Schools Award and has been awarded an Activemark.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school and parents and carers, overwhelmingly, agree. During the six years since the previous inspection, at which the school was judged to be good, the headteacher, staff, and governing body have been successful in raising standards at all levels, so that pupils, throughout the school, are achieving extremely well. Achievement is outstanding because pupils’ attainment is well-above average and the pupils make excellent progress in their learning at all stages of their education. They also progress very well in areas other than the strictly academic, in their social, moral, spiritual, and cultural development, in their enthusiastic take up of the school’s many extra-curricular activities, and in their development as mature, reflective and articulate young people. Teaching is excellent throughout the school. Pupils say that this is because : ‘teachers make learning more fun by making lessons more fun’. Parents and carers agree. In the words of one parent, ‘My child adores her teachers.’ Pupils are eager to learn and are encouraged to participate in lessons, although a lack of flexibility in some lesson planning limits opportunities for extending pupils’ discussions beyond the prepared lesson outline. Pupils’ exceptional behaviour is a major contributory factor in their high standards of achievement. Pupils concentrate very well during lessons, treat each other with respect and consideration, and enjoy excellent relationships with the staff; however, sometimes, opportunities to contribute to their own learning are limited. Without exception, pupils said that they feel safe in the school and parents and carers, overwhelmingly, agree. Leaders and managers, supported throughout by a governing body which demands high standards, have driven the process towards outstanding performance with exceptional energy and determination. The main features are a drive to improve teaching through rigorous management of performance and the development of a vibrant curriculum which enthuses and inspires pupils.