Rush Green Primary School

Name Rush Green Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Dagenham Road, Rush Green, Romford, RM7 0RL
Phone Number 02082704940
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 821 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Barking and Dagenham
Percentage Free School Meals 15.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 34.2%
Persisitent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

Rush Green is much larger than the average-sized primary school. The number of classes is increasing, so that there will be four in each year group within the next two years. An above average proportion of pupils are eligible for the pupil premium. This is additional funding provided for looked after children and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportions of pupils who speak English as an additional language, and of those from minority ethnic groups, are well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is well above that found nationally. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement is broadly average. Rush Green Junior School became the current community primary school in September 2013. Rush Green Infant School closed at this time and the pupils transferred to the new Rush Green Primary School. The headteacher joined the school in September 2013, working with an interim group of governors. The new governing body was established in December 2013. In 2013, the school met the government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and they make good progress. The standard of written work has improved substantially in English and mathematics over the past year. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes make very good progress. They settle quickly and greatly enjoy their learning activities. Teaching has improved and is now good. Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and they have responded enthusiastically to the training and support provided. Pupils are very happy at school and feel safe. Their behaviour in lessons is good, and they get on well together and with the staff. The school’s good behaviour code is proving to be very effective. The headteacher, supported by other leaders and managers, has established a ‘can do’ style of working. Staff and pupils strive together to succeed. The school makes good use of records on pupils’ achievement to check on the progress pupils are making. Extra help is provided, when needed, to stop individuals falling behind. Governance is good. Governors know the school very well and carry out their duties with great attention to detail. They have high aspirations and challenge the headteacher to ensure that improvements continue. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The standard of pupils’ written work in other subjects is not as high as in English and mathematics. Teachers do not always check that pupils have understood the work they are set in class, particularly the slower learners, and this restricts their ability to complete the task. Behaviour is sometimes too lively in the playgrounds. Supervision is sometimes, not always, effective in ensuring fair and sensible use of the available space.