Beavers Community Primary School


Name Beavers Community Primary School
Website http://www.beaversprimaryschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 October 2014
Address Arundel Road, Hounslow, TW4 6HR
Phone Number 02085709347
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 728 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.2
Local Authority Hounslow
Percentage Free School Meals 22.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 66.3%

Information about this school

Beavers is a larger-than-average primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well above the national average. Groups include White British, African, Pakistani and Indian. The proportion of pupils eligible for support from the pupil premium is above average. Pupil premium funding is available for pupils known to be entitled to free school meals and those in the care of the local authority. The school has not had any pupils in local authority care over the past three years. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported by the school at school action is well above average. The proportion supported by the school at school action plus or with statements of special educational needs is above the national average. The number of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above the national average. Many of these pupils come to the school speaking little or no English. Provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage is full time in Reception. The Nursery has a morning and afternoon session. An above-average number of pupils enter or leave the school after the start of Year 1. The school provides a daily breakfast club and a range of lunchtime and after-school clubs. Clubs include library, football and Bhangra Dance. An afternoon child-care provision and a sports centre on the school site are not managed by the school. The school belongs to the Cranford Federation, a collaborative group of local schools designed to share good practice and receives further support from the Lampton Academy and the West London Learning Alliance. It is the lead member of the Rapid Improvement Group, managed by the London Diocese Board of Schools. The school is currently undergoing a range of building work to cope with its recent expansion. This has put some strain on its facilities, especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage and at lunchtime. The school meets the government’s current floor targets, which set minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The emerging strengths identified in the previous inspection report have been consolidated with a secure impact on outcomes. The leadership and management of the school at all levels are outstanding. Very careful restructuring and a strong emphasis on sustaining high standards have enabled the school to improve very quickly. From their starting points, pupils make exceptional progress in reading, writing and mathematics. They attain above-average standards at the end of Year 6. The provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding. It is very well led and managed and children make outstanding progress. Children in the Nursery and Reception receive an excellent start to school. They achieve extremely well and make outstanding progress. They are very well prepared for their next step in education. A powerful vision of respect and equality for all has resulted in outstanding behaviour and very positive preparation for life in modern Britain. An increasing proportion of teaching over time is outstanding. It is never less than good. High expectations, careful planning and high quality marking are consistent features of strong teaching. Additional adults are used well to support learning. Governors employ great rigour when performing their duties. They know the school exceptionally well and monitor its work thoroughly. They are very well focused on continuous improvement. Keeping pupils safe is managed exceptionally well by the school. As a result, pupils feel very safe at school and parents overwhelmingly support its spirit of care and well-being. Pupils are very happy at school and attendance is now above the national average. All groups of pupils, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, pupils who speak English as an additional language, pupils entitled to support from the pupil premium and pupils from minority ethnic groups, achieve exceptionally well. Their needs are identified promptly and they receive well-targeted support. Opportunities to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are very well defined. For example, visits to the Tower of London help them understand British heritage and projects on famous artists broaden their cultural development. The school’s values of mutual respect and tolerance prepare pupils well for life in modern Britain.