Telferscot Primary School


Name Telferscot Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 November 2014
Address Telferscot Road, Balham, London, SW12 0HW
Phone Number 02086737362
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 438 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Local Authority Lambeth
Percentage Free School Meals 9.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23.7%
Persisitent Absence 7.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Telferscot School is larger than the average-sized primary school and is undergoing a gradual expansion. Children start school in the Nursery class and other children joinat the beginning of theReception class. Nursery children attend the school part-time and most of them move into the Reception class. Since September 2014 the school has appointed a number of new staff due to the school expanding. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is slightly lower than the national average. Pupil premium is additional funding for looked after children and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals. Currently, there are no looked after children in the school. Approximately half of pupils are of White British background. The remainder of pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is above the national average. The number of pupils whose first language is not English is lower than the national average. There is a breakfast club and after-school provision which is run by the governing body. The school meets the current floor standards, which are the minimum standards for attainment and progress expected by the government. The school works in partnership with local primary and secondary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Inspirational leadership and a determined pursuit of excellence are the main reasons why pupils’ achievement has continued to rise over recent years. It is now outstanding in all subjects. Pupils of all ages, abilities and from different backgrounds achieve exceptionally well. Attainment in all subjects is much higher than that found in most schools nationally. Since the last inspection, attainment in mathematics has risen to match that in reading, and overtaken writing in both Key Stages 1 and 2. Most of the teaching over-time is outstanding. Pupils achieve well because teachers have high expectations. Teaching is imaginative and provides effective guidance to meet the needs of the pupils. This makes a significant contribution to the exceptional rates of progress made by pupils. Children in the early years make rapid progress in their learning and development. They are happy and confident. Pupils take a great deal of pride in their school and their work. They thoroughly enjoy their learning and behave exceptionally well in lessons and around the school. Pupils say they feel safe and secure in and around the school. They demonstrate confidence in their relationships with each other and with adults. Leaders have sharply focused on improving the quality of teaching since the last inspection. They work as a team to undertake a range of regular checks. Leaders focus on ensuring that teachers have the knowledge and skills that lead to significant gains in learning for all pupils. Members of the governing body know their school well. Since the previous inspection they have established a shared sense of purpose. This provides an ambition and drive to raise and maintain the highest levels of aspiration and achievement for all pupils and staff. The school has developed a rich and varied curriculum.Pupils develop interests and life skills that promote their understanding of what it means to be a responsible member of the school and wider community. This underpins their academic excellence. Telferscot School is a harmonious and welcoming community where pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is effectively promoted.