The Woodside Primary Academy

The Woodside Primary Academy


Name The Woodside Primary Academy
Website http://www.woodsideprimaryacademy.com
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Wood Street, London, E17 3JX
Phone Number 02085205168
Type Academy
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1183 (52.5% boys 47.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Academy Sponsor Reach2 Academy Trust
Local Authority Waltham Forest
Percentage Free School Meals 30.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 55.5%
Persistent Absence 17%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.2%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils make outstanding progress from a low base to achieve standards that are in line with or above the national averages.

This substantial progress resulted in the school's key stage 2 outcomes being in the top 1% of all mainstream primary schools nationally in 2015. Children in Reception make strong progress to develop skills that are broadly in line with those typically found for their age. The headteacher's outstanding leadership and pursuit of excellence have contributed to the school developing and sustaining outstanding progress.

This has been effectively supported by the headship team of the school. The headteacher has th...e very able support of the senior leaders and the governing body. They have a very good understanding of the school's work and contribute very well to maintaining the outstanding teaching and progress since 2014.

Across the three phases, the vast majority of children and pupils show determination to achieve very well. They become deeply engrossed in their learning and rarely waver. Over time, the quality of teaching is outstanding.

Teachers challenge pupils to apply their skills accurately. They use a rich range of resources to develop pupils' learning and interests. Monitoring is thoroughly analysed to ensure that pupils are achieving well.

However, the current assessment system does not extend to other subjects beyond English and mathematics. Personal development, behaviour and pupils' welfare is outstanding. Pupils have confidence in the staff and feel very safe under their protection.

The school's curriculum meets pupils' needs very well. It reflects national requirements and draws on the richness and diversity of the school population. The curriculum is used to transform the lives of pupils, and further work is planned to make the school a community hub that raises aspirations.

Information about this school

This school is very much larger than the average-sized primary school and is spread over two sites, which are within a short walking distance of each other. The school makes full-time provision for 70 children in Nursery; all attend part time, five half-days each week. About 50% of those attending the Nursery transfer to the four Reception classes in the school.

The proportion of pupils receiving special educational needs support is above average while the proportion who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is high. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, the additional government funding, is above average. The funding is used to provide additional support for pupils eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority.

A high proportion of pupils speak an additional language other than English. The proportion of children and pupils who are from a minority ethnic groups is high. The main groups of pupils are from 'Any other White background', pupils from Pakistani and African heritages.

Outcomes in the 2015 national test results show that the school met the government's floor standards, which were the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. The unvalidated 2016 results show that the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard was above the national average. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

The school runs a breakfast club and after-school club. The school is part of the REAch2 Trust which is the main governing body with legal and strategic responsibilities for all REAch2 schools. The local governing body focuses on the day-to-day responsibilities of the school.