Valence Primary School

Name Valence Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 November 2014
Address Bonham Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM8 3AR
Phone Number 02030069888
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1187 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.5
Local Authority Barking and Dagenham
Percentage Free School Meals 17.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 53.2%
Persisitent Absence 4.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Valence Primary School is much larger than the average-sized primary school and is split over two sites, over a mile apart. In the Early Years Foundation Stage there are three part-time, morning and afternoon Nursery classes, one being for 16 children with severe and complex learning difficulties. In addition there are five full-time Reception classes. Pupils have a very diverse range of ethnic heritages. The large majority are White British, of other White background or of African origin. A high proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language and pupils at the school have over 50 different home languages. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which is additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority, is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well below average at one in 10 pupils. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is increasing rapidly, particularly in the lower school. There has been a constant change in teaching staff since the previous inspection because of a considerable increase in the number of pupils year on year. In addition, more pupils than usual join the school during the school year. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Children achieve well in the Early Years Foundation Stage, including in the Nursery class for children with severe and complex learning difficulties. Pupils’ attainment is above average in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. Pupils across the school make good progress and as a result their achievement is good. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary because teachers and other members of staff form excellent relationships with the pupils and motivate them to want to learn. Pupils feel exceptionally safe at school and know how to stay safe from various hazards. Teaching is good in all year groups. Teachers plan activities that are purposeful and relevant to the pupils. Outstanding leadership and management from the headteacher and other leaders ensure that this school continues to improve rapidly towards outstanding. Provision for pupils across the two school sites is managed exceptionally well, despite the constant growth in staffing and pupils. The impact of leaders and managers, including governors, on teaching and pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Provision for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is of high quality. As a result, pupils are very polite and respectful, and thoroughly prepared for life in modern Britain. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Pupils do not all do as well as they could in writing. This is because they do not always take enough notice of teachers’ marking or check and correct their mistakes quickly enough. In some classes and ability sets, teachers do not always make sure that the most able pupils are given hard enough work throughout a lesson.