Advance Education

Name Advance Education
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 24 April 2018
Address Unit 5, Unimix House, Abbey Road, Park Royal, London, NW10 7TR
Phone Number 0208838922
Type Independent
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 132 (43% boys 57% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Advance Education is a selective primary day school with an Islamic ethos. Admission is based on the successful completion of an entry assessment for pupils wishing to join in Years 1 to 6. The school aims to promote ‘the intellectual, spiritual and moral elements needed through a nurturing environment and fully integrated curriculum to ensure that each child reaches his or her fullest potential and leads a healthy, productive life’. Advance Education primary school is run by the registered charity, Advance Education, which supports parents by providing part-time home tuition for children in north-west London. This part-time provision is separate from the school and did not form part of this inspection. The school opened in September 2017, primarily to meet the needs of families who were familiar with the charity, were home-schooling their children, and who wished to engage with a school-based education. There are 136 pupils on roll, the vast majority of whom were home-schooled prior to joining the school. The school is located on the ground floor of a large, multi-storey commercial office block. There is one Reception class in the early years. All children attend the Reception class full time. In addition to the Reception class, there are six classes, one for each of the year groups from Years 1 to 6. The school runs a range of after-school clubs for those on the school roll. The school occupies a self-contained unit within the office block. It has access to a small, secure, outdoor play space at the front of the building. In addition to classrooms, facilities include a hall, a separate dining hall, a staff workspace and a library/computer suite. The school makes use of a nearby local park and sports centre for PE and sport, including swimming. There are no pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, or who are supported by an EHC plan or a statement of educational need. There are no pupils entitled to additional government funding. The majority of pupils are of Black African heritage, with a number originating from Somalia. Many pupils are bilingual and fluent in English. None are at the early stages of speaking English as an additional language. The school’s previous inspection was a pre-registration inspection which took place on 19 October 2016, when the provision was judged ‘likely to meet all the independent school standards’. The school was first registered on 1 March 2017. This is the school’s first standard inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders and trustees have not ensured that all of the independent school standards are met. Trustees have only recently begun to ask for more information to help them hold leaders to account for the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Systems are not yet in place for them to consider the performance of the headteacher. Since the school opened in September 2017, turbulence in staffing has contributed to the inconsistencies seen in the quality of teaching between classes and pupils’ outcomes. Some teachers lack the knowledge and skills required to ensure that pupils learn consistently well. There is not enough good or outstanding teaching across the curriculum to ensure that pupils deepen their knowledge. Teachers’ understanding of what pupils can do, or need to learn next, is sometimes inaccurate or based on a narrow overview of what pupils know and can do. The early years provision requires improvement. The outdoor area has limited resources and children do not get enough opportunity for purposeful play. The school has the following strengths Trustees, leaders and teachers have shown a strong commitment to establishing a consistent approach to keeping children safe. As a result, safeguarding arrangements are effective. The headteacher, staff and trustees have focused on ensuring a culture of respect for all. As a result, pupils behave well and have a good understanding of right and wrong. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is appropriately planned and provides a broad range of learning experiences for pupils. It promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well, suitably preparing them for life in modern Britain. The school develops positive partnerships with families. Parents are supportive and pupils’ attendance is good. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.