Walthamstow Primary Academy

Walthamstow Primary Academy

Name Walthamstow Primary Academy
Website http://walthamstowprimary.org.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Address Billet Road, Waltham Forest, London, E17 5DP
Phone Number 02034753490
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 153 (54.2% boys 45.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.8
Academy Sponsor United Learning Trust
Local Authority Waltham Forest
Percentage Free School Meals 45.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 51.6%
Persistent Absence 7.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.7%
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, with effective support from those responsible for governance, has provided strong and determined leadership. She knows the school well and areas for improvement are accurately identified. Leaders work relentlessly to engage with pupils and their families to promote good attendance.

As a result, attendance has improved significantly and the number of pupils who are persistently absent from school has reduced. Early years provision is well led by the headteacher. Expectations are high and children make good progress as a result of generally strong teaching.

Pupils are keen to succeed and demonstrate positive attitudes to le...arning. The majority of pupils behave very well. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are effectively supported to make strong progress.

Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Their attainment at the end of key stage 1 is in line with national averages. Pupils make consistently strong progress in writing.

Pupils in receipt of the pupil premium funding make the same strong progress as their peers. Teachers' use of assessment is inconsistent and this affects how well pupils achieve. In particular, the most able pupils do not excel in mathematics.

Good teaching is characterised by effective questioning that encourages pupils to think and respond. At times, however, the most able pupils are not given enough time to think and form a more complex response. The curriculum is well planned and is enhanced by specialist teachers and educational visits.

Even so, teachers' expectations of what pupils can achieve in other subjects are not as high as they are in English.

Information about this school

This is the first inspection since the school opened in 2015. The school is part of the United Learning Trust.

In preparation for September, Walthamstow Primary Academy is working in partnership with another primary academy within the trust to share leadership, expertise and resources. The school is currently smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils from ethnic minority groups is well above average.

The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium grant is above that found nationally. The proportion of those who have SEN and/or disabilities is in line with schools nationally.

Pupils are taught in single-year classes in Year 1 and Year 2. In the early years there is one Reception class. The school runs a range of after-school activities.