This is a good school Pupils, parents and staff agree that St Michael's is a happy and harmonious community where standards have improved strongly since the previous inspection. The recently appointed executive headteacher and the head of school have worked tirelessly and with great determination to improve the quality of teaching and pupils' outcomes. The quality of teaching is good.
Teachers and teaching assistants work well together to plan learning activities so that pupils achieve well. Pupils, including the most able pupils, make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special education...al needs and/or disabilities also make strong progress.
Although improving, the teaching of phonics is not consistently strong. The proportion of pupils who reach the expected standards in the Year 1 phonics screening check is below average. Overall, the most able pupils are challenged in their learning, particularly in mathematics.
However, too few of the most able pupils, particularly the most able disadvantaged pupils, achieve the greater depth standards in writing. Governors know the school well. They, like school leaders, are determined to raise standards even further so that all pupils achieve their best.
Leaders have recently developed strong and robust systems to monitor the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in English and mathematics. They have high expectations of all staff to deliver the very best learning opportunities for all pupils. However, leaders do not monitor other subjects across the curriculum with the same rigour to find out how well pupils achieve in all subjects.
Children in the early years have good fun and make strong progress from the moment they start school. They play and explore together well and show high levels of confidence. Rightly, pupils are proud of their school.
They speak happily about the improvements to the quality of teaching and the impact this has had on their learning. The promotion of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a real strength of the school. Pupils' behaviour is good.
They enjoy coming to school and are keen to talk about their learning at every opportunity.
Information about this school
The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about the pupil premium strategy or special educational needs information report on its website. The current head of school and the executive headteacher took up their posts in September 2016, following the retirement of the previous headteacher.
The executive headteacher is a national leader of education. The school is within a partnership of four schools, led by the executive headteacher. The other three schools are also primary schools in Camden: Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, St Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Primary School and St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Kilburn.
St Michael's Church of England Primary School is an average-sized primary school. The early years provision consists of one Reception Year class. The nursery that was inspected at the time of the previous inspection is now part of the neighbouring school.
The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well above the national average. A much higher than average proportion of pupils is supported by the pupil premium funding.
This is additional government funding provided for pupils who are eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress.