Queensbridge Primary School

Name Queensbridge Primary School
Website http://www.queensbridge.hackney.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 July 2011
Address Queensbridge Road, Haggerston, Hackney, London, E8 4ET
Phone Number 02072541186
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 505 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Local Authority Hackney
Percentage Free School Meals 27.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 52.9%
Persisitent Absence 5.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about the school

Queensbridge Primary School is a larger-than-average, and expanding, school. Most pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic heritages and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well-above average. The proportion of pupils identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities, which includes a range of learning, behavioural and emotional needs, is above average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well-above average. Children join the Early Years Foundation Stage in Nursery and also attend two Reception classes. The school has Healthy School status and holds several awards, including the Inclusion Quality Mark. The school provides extended care in the form of a breakfast club and an after-school club. The school operates a children’s centre on a nearby site, but this provision was not part of the inspection focus.

Main findings

Queensbridge Primary is an outstanding school providing a high quality learning environment for pupils from a wide range of backgrounds. Pupils make outstanding progress in acquiring knowledge and skills and developing all the personal qualities necessary to give them an excellent start to the next phase of their education. Parents and carers recognise the school’s many achievements, a typical comment being, ’Queensbridge is a vibrant, buzzing school with a real energy about it. It has a great mix of kids, a happy atmosphere and a dynamic head.’ Children make an outstanding start to their school career in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They make outstanding progress as they move up through the school until they leave at the age of eleven. By that age, pupils’ attainment is above average. A previous gap in attainment between boys and girls has narrowed significantly as a result of initiatives such as one-to-one tuition for those who sometimes underachieved in the past. Outstanding progress results from a combination of outstanding teaching and pupils’ very positive attitudes towards learning, which is reflected in a level of attendance which is well-above average. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress, whatever their level of ability, including those with English as an additional language and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. These pupils get high quality additional support where necessary. Teachers are highly skilled at meeting the needs of all pupils, through a combination of having high expectations, teaching lessons full of pace and challenge, and making outstanding use of assessment to give pupils consistently clear guidance on how well they have done and how they can improve their work. Although attainment has improved considerably since the previous inspection, a small minority of pupils do not achieve the higher levels in writing, mostly because teachers occasionally miss opportunities to give pupils more challenging writing tasks in the various topics which form an important part of the school’s evolving curriculum. Outstanding care, guidance and support underpin pupils’ strong personal development, which includes outstanding behaviour. This ensures that pupils feel very safe in school. Pupils love the school because of its very inclusive ethos, reflecting its award of the Inclusion Quality Mark. They are also very enthusiastic about lessons and the wide range of enrichment activities, such as the after-school club, visits and opportunities to be involved in the community, for example through the school’s excellent choir. Parents and carers welcome the opportunity to be part of this happy school community, for example taking part in curriculum workshops and various schemes to support their children’s learning. The school celebrates diversity very effectively, so that pupils have a mature perspective on how a range of values and beliefs can co-exist both within their own immediate environment and in the global community. Parents, carers, governors and staff all believe that much of the school’s success is due to the headteacher’s enthusiastic and inspirational leadership. There is rigorous monitoring of all aspects of school performance and there is evident determination amongst staff to sustain and build upon existing successes. The school has very successfully addressed issues identified at the previous inspection, by extensively improving the quality of marking and improving the attainment of more able pupils. The headteacher’s cheerful and relentless drive for improvement permeates the school, and it combines with accurate self-evaluation and high expectations to demonstrate that the school has an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement.