Alexandra Primary School

Name Alexandra Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 February 2013
Address Western Road, London, N22 6UH
Phone Number 02088889771
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 435 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Percentage Free School Meals 22.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 73.1%

Information about this school

Alexandra Primary is an average-sized primary school. A large proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of pupils who are at the early stages of speaking English is high. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is the additional funding provided for looked-after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families, is above average. Since the previous inspection, a large number of teachers have left the school and new ones have joined. The school does not make use of any alternative provision for its pupils. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders and managers have planned the different subjects imaginatively so that pupils learn and achieve well, often from low starting points to reach standards which are broadly average by the time they leave the school. Pupils, including those who are disabled and have special educational needs, make good progress in reading and writing and mathematics across the school. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage quickly settle to school life and develop a wide range of skills rapidly. The quality of teaching has improved year on year and is now good, with some high-quality practice. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. They are polite and relate well to teachers and each other. They feel safe at school. Leaders and governors have secured significant improvements to pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching since the previous inspection. Governors support and hold the school’s leaders to account effectively for the performance of the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ achievement in mathematics at the end of Year 6 is not as good as that in reading and writing. Teachers do not always use the information they have about pupils to set challenging work and targets for pupils, especially the more able. In lessons, pupils are not always provided with useful comments on how to improve on their learning. Pupils’ attendance, although improving, remains below the national average.