Dairy Meadow Primary School

Name Dairy Meadow Primary School
Website http://www.dairymeadowprimary.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 19 June 2014
Address Swift Road, Dairy Meadow Primary School, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4RP
Phone Number 02085717925
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 466 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.8
Local Authority Ealing
Percentage Free School Meals 23.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 84.8%

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school, with two forms of entry in all year groups. The school has undergone a number of changes of teaching staff since it was last inspected, including the headteacher, who has now been at the school two years. Most pupils come from Indian and Pakastani backgrounds, although a number of different ethnic groups are also represented. A large number of pupils speak English as an additional language, with a significant number in the younger classes at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average. Many of the pupils are supported by the pupil premium, additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked-after children. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school at times other than the usual start of the year is greater than average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Achievement has improved and standards are now rising to above the national average by the time pupils leave the school. From starting points which are below those expected for their age, pupils make good progress. The good progress in the Nursery and Reception classes ensures children are well prepared for more formal work in Year 1. The school has worked quickly to improve attainment in reading and writing. The headteacher has been very successful in improving the quality of teaching since the previous inspection. The recently created leadership team are passionate to drive forward pupils’ achievement and enjoyment of school. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs receive good support so that they can achieve well. Teachers manage their classes well and they make very good use of additional adults to help all pupils do their best work. Teaching is good. Teachers use the information they have about the pupils to plan work which challenges them well. The school’s very caring atmosphere promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school is a happy and calm community. Behaviour is good, and this is greatly valued by the pupils and their parents. Pupils say that they feel safe in school. The members of the governing body work extremely hard and know a lot about the school because they regularly visit and talk to teachers, parents and pupils. They check the school’s information and ask challenging questions. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Leaders who are new in post have not yet had sufficient time to develop a thorough understanding of the quality of teaching and so do not yet take sufficient responsibility for the achievements of pupils.