|Name||St Matthew’s CofE Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||17 June 2014|
|Address||St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, South Street, Enfield, EN3 4LA|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||208 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||19.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||33.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||19.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The school operates from two sites. The main school has one class per year group. St Matthew’s Edmonton Annex (the annex), four miles away, contains four classes from Reception to Year 3. The annex was set up to accommodate pupils from all over Enfield who had no school places. The first pupils joined late in the Reception year. The current Year 3 joined during Year 2. In both groups many pupils came with no prior education and speaking no English. The annex is due to become the Meridian Angel free school in September 2014 and will no longer be linked to St Matthew’s. It will be led by the consultant headteacher. Most pupils are from a range of minority ethnic groups. A high proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language with many at the early stages of learning the language. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional funding which in this school supports pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported by school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also average. This year the senior leadership team has been restructured and comprises the part-time consultant headteacher, the acting headteacher and three acting deputy headteachers. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment by the end of Key Stage 2.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils in the main school make good progress from starting points that are often below expectations for their age. Pupils in the annex have made outstanding progress from their very low starting points. Standards are above average by the end of Key Stage 2. Pupils excel in writing because it is taught particularly well. The proportions of pupils reaching the highest levels in writing and mathematics are well above average. Teaching is consistently good across the school and some aspects are outstanding. Teaching assistants are skilled at supporting individuals and groups of pupils. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and they say they feel extremely safe at school. They have a real thirst for knowledge that is evident in their excellent attitudes to learning. The headteachers, acting deputy headteachers and governors have been highly successful in driving improvement, particularly in the annex. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Marking in all classes does not consistently give pupils helpful advice about how to improve their work. Teachers do not always make sure that pupils act upon their guidance to avoid making the same mistakes again. There is a little variation in the progress pupils make and the consistency of teaching in different classes.