St Stephen’s CofE Primary School

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St Stephen’s CofE Primary School

Name St Stephen’s CofE Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 31 January 2013
Address 91 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5QH
Phone Number 02033514488
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 181 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.6
Local Authority Westminster
Percentage Free School Meals 42.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 68.5%
Persisitent Absence 12.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This school is similar in size to most primary schools. A minority of the pupils are White British, the majority come from a wide range of other ethnic groups with pupils of Bangladeshi origin being the largest identifiable group and making up about 20% of the school. Over 80% of pupils speak English as an additional language which is around four times more than average. The proportion of pupils known to be entitled to free school meals and attracting funding through the pupil premium is over twice the national average. An above average proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is supported at school action. The percentage of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The most commonly identified needs are: speech, communication and language difficulties, moderate learning difficulties and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. A third of the teaching staff are new to the school in the last twelve months. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not make use of any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress from very low starting points to attain standards that are broadly average at the end of Year 6. Pupils in Year 5 and especially Year 6 make accelerated progress particularly in writing. As a result attainment is rising rapidly. The large majority of pupils behave well. Pupils say they feel safe and are taught well on how to stay safe. The different nationalities and cultures live and learn as a harmonious community. A large majority of teaching and learning is at least good especially in Nursery and Year 6 where almost all teaching is outstanding. Teaching is good because realistic, but challenging, targets are set for teachers and those new to the school are supported well. Leadership and management are strong. The school has an accurate view of its strengths and areas for improvement. Despite many changes of staff, the very effective governing body and the headteacher ensure that all leaders and managers make a strong contribution to school improvement. The information gained from self-evaluation is used effectively in the school development plan. As a result, sustained improvement has taken place and is continuing as the school focuses on the next priorities. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Achievement in Years 1 to 4, although good, is not as strong as that in Years 5 and 6. Although the achievement of pupils speaking English as an additional language is similar to that of all pupils nationally, fewer attain the higher Level 5 in English. The school’s data systems do not give clear enough information on children’s starting points at Reception or give teachers an accurate enough understanding of the stages of language acquisition of those speaking English as an additional language that can be used to meet the needs of these learners.