The Leys Primary School

Name The Leys Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Leys Avenue, Dagenham, RM10 9YR
Phone Number 02082706470
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 433 (48.3% boys 51.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Local Authority Barking and Dagenham
Percentage Free School Meals 25.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 37.4%
Persisitent Absence 9.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 November 2013)
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Information about this school

The Leys is a larger-than-average-sized primary school with a nursery. Approximately one third of pupils are White British, with one third being from Black African backgrounds. The remaining third represent a diverse range of other ethnic groups. The number of pupils who speak English as an additional language is high. A few are at the early stages of learning English. Over half of the pupils are eligible for pupil premium, which is twice the national average. All are eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported at school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs has fallen and is below average. More pupils join and leave at different times through the year than in most schools. No alternative provision is used by the school. Since the last section 5 inspection there have been changes of staff and the school has federated with Beam Primary. Both schools are led by the executive headteacher and have separate governing bodies. The head of school is responsible for the day-to day running of The Leys. The school meets the government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has improved considerably since its last inspection. All pupils, whatever their different needs or abilities, make good progress. Standards have risen significantly in the last two years and are now average. Teaching has improved and is good. Teachers have high expectations. They know what pupils can do and what they need to learn next. Work is pitched at the right level. Pupils feel safe, eager to learn and behave well in lessons and at break times. They are respectful and considerate of others. Senior leaders have been unwavering and highly successful in their drive for improvement. Weaknesses are tackled robustly and all staff are given training and support to help them be more effective. Governance has been strengthened through the federation. Governors know the school and hold leaders accountable for how well pupils achieve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in reading, Key Stage 1 and for some White British pupils are improving but not as fast as in other areas. There is not enough outstanding teaching and, in a few lessons, pupils are not moved as soon as they are ready. Subject leaders are still improving how their subjects develop pupils’ skills and interests.