Viking Primary School

Name Viking Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 November 2017
Address Radcliffe Way, Northolt, UB5 6HW
Phone Number 02088453186
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 225 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.6
Local Authority Ealing
Percentage Free School Meals 26.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 62.7%
Persisitent Absence 10.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The headteacher took up post in January 2015. The percentage of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than that seen nationally. The percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups is higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is more than double the national average. The number of pupils who join and leave the school at other than usual times is above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is well above national average. Children attend the Nursery in the morning only. The school meets the current floor standards, which are the minimum standards set by the government. The school runs its own morning and after-school clubs, which a small number of pupils attend.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, fully and ably supported by the newly appointed leadership team, is taking decisive action to reverse the decline in standards since the previous inspection. The team has raised the expectations of staff and pupils so that the school is now providing a good quality of education. Leaders, including governors, share a strong moral purpose to ensure that pupils are given many opportunities to improve academically and emotionally. Leaders have a realistic picture of the school’s strengths and have accurately identified what the school needs to do to improve further. Governors check carefully on different aspects of the school’s work. They are effective in supporting and challenging leaders in developing and improving the school. Attendance has improved significantly and is now close to the national average. Pupils display positive attitudes towards their learning. They take their lead from the adults in school, who are good role models. Respect for self and others, regardless of background, is embedded in the school’s five core values. This equips pupils well for their lives in modern Britain. Pupils told inspectors that they feel safe. They know that adults in the school care for them and will readily help them, should they have any concerns. Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to ensuring that the pupils they work with learn well and make good progress. In most year groups, pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Leaders agree that pupils’ progress in the wider curriculum is inconsistent. Teachers do not always provide enough challenge for the most able pupils. Consequently, this group of pupils do not achieve as well as they could. Children in the early years make good progress from low starting points. In the Reception class, there remains further scope to plan more purposeful outdoor learning activities.