Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School

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Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School

Name Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 06 June 2008
Address Ravenswood Crescent, South Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 9JU
Phone Number 02088648081
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 409 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Local Authority Harrow
Percentage Free School Meals 4.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 89.7%
Persisitent Absence 2.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Description of the school

This is a popular, over subscribed and larger than average one-form entry school. More than three quarters of all pupils are from minority ethnic groups, most of whom are from Indian or other Asian backgrounds. The majority speak another language at home. Currently 7 pupils are at early stages of learning English. The school has recently had an influx of Tamil speaking pupils. The proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals is low. The percentage identified with learning difficulties is below average. These pupils mainly have specific learning or speech and language difficulties. Several pupils leave the school after Year 6, and their places in Year 7 are taken by pupils from other schools. The school has held Beacon Status and received the School Achievement Awards. Among many prestigious awards the school has the Healthy Schools status, Sports and ICT Activemarks, Artsmark Gold and Able, Gifted and Talented award. Key for inspection grades Grade 1 Outstanding Grade 2 Good Grade 3 Satisfactory Grade 4 Inadequate

evaluation of the school’s work and actively seek out ways to maintain high standards and

make continuous improvement. Subject leaders aim high and skilfully monitor standards in their subjects, through regular scrutiny of pupils’ work and very careful planning based on the analysis of pupils’ test results. A strategic approach to improvement by key staff and governors is reaping rewards of excellence. The school continuously seeks to meet the challenging needs of the local community. For example, the support given to the Tamil parents to promote involvement in their children’s education through weekly meetings and the Family Learning Programme is helping improve pupils’ performance in school. This is not a school content to stand still and has an excellent capacity to improve further. Effectiveness of the Foundation Stage Grade: 1 The stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors is outstanding and builds firm foundations for children’s learning. They make excellent progress because of high quality management, excellent care and high expectations. The environment is colourful and stimulating and the outside areas are very well equipped. As a result, children are excited by learning and persevere at their tasks. Teaching areas are well defined and resources thoughtfully organised to aid independence and promote children’s confidence and self-esteem. There is a very good balance between teacher directed activities and those that children choose for themselves. Children are busily and purposefully engaged in the wide range of imaginative activities, well chosen to match their needs and interests. The staff have a secure understanding of how young children learn. Teachers’ planning includes focused activities where speaking and listening are actively encouraged, especially through role-play, and this supports children’s excellent progress. What the school should do to improve further ¦ The school has no major issues needing improvement. The inspector agrees with staff that their major priority should be to help pupils in taking even more responsibility for their own learning in order to build on their exceptionally high standards of achievement.