Purfleet Primary Academy

Name Purfleet Primary Academy
Website http://www.purfleetprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1TA
Phone Number 01375802700
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 612 (50.7% boys 49.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.5
Academy Sponsor Reach2 Academy Trust
Local Authority Thurrock
Percentage Free School Meals 30.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 37.3%
Persistent Absence 18.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.8%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

The school complies with DfE guidance on what academies should publish. The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school has been part of the ‘REAch2’ academy trust since 2013.

Over half of the pupils are from minority ethnic groups. This is above average for primary schools. The largest group is made up by pupils of Black African heritage.

The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

The early years is made up of Nursery and Reception classes. Children attend part-time in the two Nursery classes and full-time in three Reception classes. The majority of children transfer from Nursery to the Reception.

The school runs a daily breakfast club and after-school club. A full governing body was appointed in January 2016. The chair of governors is a national leader of governance.

The proportion of pupils who join or leave the school part-way through the year is much higher than average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher provides committed leadership that is focused on the pursuit of excellence for all pupils. Together with the governors and senior leaders she has created an inclusive and aspirational culture where pupils believe they can succeed.

Teaching is good. Teachers have high expectations; as a result standards are improving. However, on occasions teachers do not provide pupils, especially the most able, with activities that are sufficiently challenging.

Children get off to a good start in the early years because they benefit from learning in a stimulating environment where teachers match activities to pupils’ needs. Pupils enjoy learning and are keen to succeed. They behave well in lessons and around the school.

Pupils are polite and respectful. The school ensures that pupils are safe and well cared for. Parents support this view.

The school is making good use of the pupil premium grant to ensure that disadvantaged pupils are well supported in school. Pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. End-of-key-stage results continue to improve.

However, pupils do not have enough opportunities to develop reasoning skills in mathematics to accelerate their progress. The provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is good. However, on occasions they are not provided with work that is sufficiently well matched to their individual learning needs.

Progress in science is variable across the school because pupils do not always have the opportunity to carry out science investigations. Governors provide a good level of challenge and support. They know the school well and are committed to improving the provision for pupils.

Attendance is below average. The school is working hard to improve attendance and there is evidence that strategies used are improving attendance. Leaders are not evaluating the impact of specific actions so that they can concentrate on those that are most effective.