|Name||Tennyson Road Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||16 May 2013|
|Address||Tennyson Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3RS|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||559 (53% boys 47% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||21.7|
|Academy Sponsor||Tennyson Learning Community|
|Percentage Free School Meals||14%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||49.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is an average-sized primary school. A minority of the pupils are of White British background. The majority come from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils speaking English as an additional language is considerably higher than average. A few are currently at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is well below average. In contrast, the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, who are looked after by the local authority or who have a parent in the armed forces) is above average. There are no pupils currently in the school who have a parent in the armed forces. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school at other than the usual starting or finishing times is significantly higher than average. The privately run on-site breakfast and after-school clubs were not visited as part of this inspection. It is planned to increase the size of the school from a one-form to a three-form entry in September 2013.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Excellent leadership by the headteacher, the commitment and support of senior leaders, staff and the challenges given by the governing body have ensured that the school has moved forward since the previous inspection in its quality of teaching and in pupils’ achievement. By the end of Year 6, pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics is outstanding. Standards in reading, writing and mathematics are above average and rising. Standards at the end of Year 2, in reading and writing are usually higher than those in mathematics. Consistently good teaching and the numerous lessons in which teaching is outstanding ensure that pupils make excellent progress. Potentially vulnerable pupils and those who find learning difficult are supported very well. Teachers mark pupils’ work methodically and offer helpful guidance improve their work but do not always check to make certain that the advice has been followed. Pupils’ behaviour and understanding of personal safety are excellent. Close links with local schools help promote good and outstanding practice. The school development plan is well thought out and based on an accurate evaluation of the school’s strengths and areas for development. There are well-founded plans for extending the school in September 2013 and taking over other school premises.