Downfield Primary School

Name Downfield Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 June 2015
Address Downfield Road, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN8 8SS
Phone Number 01992629598
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 435 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 20.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 28.7%
Persisitent Absence 9.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 25.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The number of pupils enrolled at the school has increased significantly over the last few years. The school roll has increased by the equivalent of four additional classes over the last six years and is continuing to grow. The school is now larger than the average-sized primary school and there are two classes in every year group except Year 6. Many children join the school having attended the pre-school provision housed on the school site. This is managed by the school’s governing body but is registered and inspected separately. Children are admitted to the school’s Nursery class, on a part-time basis, after their third birthday. Children join the Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday and attend on a full-time basis. The school offers specially resourced provision for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. This specialist provision is for up to 10 pupils with speech and language difficulties. Pupils are admitted to the speech and language base from Year 3 onwards. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds is well above the national average. The majority of pupils are White British, with around one pupil in seven coming from other White backgrounds. There are small numbers from other minority ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well above average. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium provides additional government funding for those who are known to be eligible for free school meals and children in the care of the local authority. A breakfast club and a number of after-school clubs operate on site. The clubs are led and managed by the school and run by members of the school’s staff. The school meets current floor standards; these are the minimum expectations, set by the government, for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher is a good leader who has created a friendly, welcoming and inclusive school. Her commitment to the school – its pupils, staff and parents – is clear. The school’s leaders, including its governors, have had a strong impact on raising the quality and effectiveness of teaching and the school is improving after a difficult period of expansion. The school’s pastoral support systems are particularly strong. The school focuses very well on supporting and promoting pupils’ social and emotional development, whatever their background. Pupils enjoy coming to school and are provided with a wide range of opportunities to help them develop into well-rounded young people, who are well prepared for the next stage of their education. The quality of teaching is improving and is good. This is improving pupils’ achievement, and is closing previous gaps in pupils’ learning and achievement. Pupils behave very well and are a credit to their school. They are polite and friendly, and consistently show good manners to others. Pupils feel safe at school. They understand what bullying is and is not and have been taught to tell if they are ever concerned about someone else’s behaviour. The early years provision gives children a good start to their educational careers. The provision is well led and teaching is good. Children make good progress during their time in early years. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ attainment dipped after the last inspection when the school was expanding. Achievement at the end of Key Stage 2 has been below the national average in two of the last three years. Work in pupils’ exercise books shows that although pupils make good progress, there remain some gaps in their learning. Attendance is below the national average.