|Name||Oakhill Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||15 October 2013|
|Address||Alders Avenue, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9PY|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||260 (55% boys 45% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.0|
|Local Authority||Waltham Forest|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.6%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||21.9%|
Information about this school
Oakhill is an average sized primary school which additionally provides specially resourced provision for six pupils with special educational needs. This is in the form of a unit for children with speech, language and communication needs of all ages from Reception to Year 6. There are currently three pupils attending the unit and all have a statement of special educational needs. The school is in partnership with a local school. A programme for supporting newly qualified teachers in the school is in place. The school has had a significant change in staffing since the end of the summer term with three teachers joining the school. The middle leadership team has been in place since September. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in the Reception class and part time in the Nursery. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. At the time of the inspection, 15 groups are represented in the school. The proportion of pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding, which provides additional funding to be used for children in local authority care, children of service families and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Pupils achieve very well. They make excellent progress in all year groups. Standards reached by the end of Year 6 are very high when compared with their peers’ nationally. Outstanding teaching over time enables pupils to make good or better progress in all subjects. Pupils are proud of their school. They feel safe, are very friendly and eager to learn. Their behaviour is exemplary. Parents and carers agree that the school is a happy place where their children make ‘very good progress’. Teaching assistants are highly skilled and provide excellent support for those pupils who need extra help. The school lives up to its mission statement of being ‘a learning first community dedicated to achieving the highest standards of education for all’. The school’s partnership provides an excellent resource for those teachers who are new to the profession to excel. The headteacher is an inspirational leader. He has considerable ambition for the school and a clear focus on improving already high standards. Governors are a real strength to the school and work closely with the headteacher. They ask searching questions about its work including the quality of teaching. Together with the headteacher, they set demanding targets to make sure that the school continues to improve.