Burleigh Primary School


Name Burleigh Primary School
Website http://www.burleighschool.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 February 2014
Address Blindmans Lane, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN8 9DP
Phone Number 01992622159
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 405 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.1
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 21%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20.7%

Information about this school

Burleigh is a larger than average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is slightly below the national average, and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is above average and has increased since the time of the last inspection. This is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, in the care of the local authority or who have a parent in the armed services. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action plus and with a statement is below average. The proportion supported at school action is slightly above the national average. The school runs a breakfast club. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the previous inspection, leaders, governors and staff have worked successfully to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Pupils of all abilities and from all backgrounds make good overall progress in English and mathematics as they move through the school, thanks to consistently good teaching. Pupils know how well they are doing and how to improve their learning. Pupils’ progress is checked carefully, and any at risk of falling behind are given effective help to catch up. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are friendly, polite and keen to talk about themselves, their learning, and their school. They are a credit to the school and to their families. The headteacher and staff have created a caring, positive and welcoming place for pupils to learn and develop in. Pupils feel safe in school and have great confidence in how the adults will look after them. Attendance has improved and is now above average. Governance is good. Governors know how well the school is doing, challenge leaders about its performance, and hold them to account for improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching. Teachers do not always expect enough from pupils, so they do not develop the skills and confidence to learn on their own without relying on teachers to tell them what to do. Achievement in writing is not as good as in reading or mathematics, particularly for the most-able pupils.