Watling Park School

Name Watling Park School
Website http://www.watlingparkschool.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 May 2018
Address Pavilion Way, Burnt Oak, Barnet, HA8 9YA
Phone Number 02083534249
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Bellevue Place Education Trust
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 43%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Watling Park School opened in September 2015 at a temporary site. It is part of the Bellevue Place Education Trust. When full, the school will cater for 420 pupils, with two forms of entry to Year 6. Currently, the school has pupils up to Year 2. The acting headteacher has worked at the school since September 2017. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is higher than average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is well above average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The acting headteacher has successfully stabilised the school. She has embedded a clear vision where staff morale is high and pupils achieve well. Senior and middle leaders have an accurate understanding of the school. They have implemented effective initiatives with rigour. Strong teaching enables pupils to make good progress, particularly in their speaking and listening skills. Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities and those who are disadvantaged make good progress. Leaders ensure that these pupils are well supported in lessons. Pupils benefit from strong opportunities to develop their reasoning skills in mathematics. Teachers use practical resources to deepen pupils’ mathematical understanding. However, the most able pupils do not routinely receive work that challenges them further. Pupils make strong progress in their early reading because of high-quality phonics teaching. The school’s rich curriculum successfully develops pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils progress well in the early years, and are well prepared for the next stage of their education in Year 1. Pupils understand the school’s values well. They are polite and have good behaviour. Pupils make strong progress across subjects because of a deep curriculum enabling pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding. Leaders have prioritised the improvement of pupils’ writing. Nevertheless, pupils do not write to as high a standard in their topic lessons as they do in their writing lessons. Furthermore, the least able pupils do not make the progress in writing of which they are capable. Leaders have taken effective action to improve pupils’ attendance significantly. However, absence, including persistent absence, remains above the national averages.