Vauxhall Primary School

Name Vauxhall Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 September 2012
Address Vauxhall Street, London, SE11 5LG
Phone Number 02077354535
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 237 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Local Authority Lambeth
Percentage Free School Meals 54.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 67.5%
Persisitent Absence 7.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Vauxhall is smaller than the average-size primary school. Most pupils are from a range of minority ethnic groups, the largest of which is Black African. Almost three quarters of pupils speak English as an additional language. Over half of the pupils are know to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is higher than average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is higher than average. The school is in a soft federation with Wyvil Primary School. Both schools are led by the executive headteacher. Plans are being implemented to move to a hard federation with both schools being governed by a single governing body. The governing body is responsible for a children’s centre on the school site. This was last inspected in January 2012. It was not included in this inspection. The school exceeds the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The school has continued to make rapid improvements since its last inspection. All pupils, whatever their different needs and abilities, make excellent progress and have well-developed reading, writing and mathematics skills by the end of Year 6. Teaching is highly effective. All staff know their pupils well. Lessons are skilfully matched to what pupils need to learn next. Very occasionally pupils are not moved on to their independent work or given further guidance as quickly as possible. Excellent work with numerous other organsiations, such as local theatres, builds pupils’ confidence. Pupils develop many new skills in exciting ways which they thoroughly enjoy. Behaviour is exemplary. Pupils are very respectful and supportive of each other. They are well cared for and feel extremely safe in school. The school is exceptionally well led by the executive headteacher and his leadership team. Staff, pupils and parents are proud to be part of the school. Pupils and staff rise to the high expectations leaders have of them. In turn, they are given the support and help they need to do the very best they can. Governors contribute to improvement by knowing the school well and asking questions.