Earlham Primary School

Name Earlham Primary School
Website http://www.earlham.newham.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 December 2019
Address Earlham Grove, Forest Gate, London, E7 9AW
Phone Number 02085346127
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 463 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.2
Academy Sponsor Eko Trust
Local Authority Newham
Percentage Free School Meals 19.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 83.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE


Earlham Primary School continues to be a good school.There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a section 5 inspection now.

What is it like to attend this school?

Leaders at Earlham are determined that all will succeed. They took the decision two years ago to join like-minded leaders within the community, becoming part of the Eko multi-academy trust.

At Earlham, pupils do well academically and socially. Bullying is rare because teachers make sure that pupils understand the importance of respect for all and how hurtful bullying is. I noticed the importance that staff and pupils place on recognising how people feel and building resilience and good mental health. Staff challenge any incidents of concern swiftly. Pupils know who they can talk to if they are worried, and all say that the school is a safe place. Pupils and staff are cheerful. They are quick to show kindness to others, welcoming visitors. Pupils listen respectfully to each other and share their views politely. They know their voices are heard and their feelings are valued.

Pupils enjoy coming to school because teachers make learning interesting. They provide a wealth of engaging experiences that capture pupils’ attention. Pupils told me how much they love the many trips and visits to places in and beyond their local community. They relish the activities on offer at lunchtime, that help to keep them fit, healthy and active.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders are ambitious for their staff and pupils. They make sure all have the skills and support they need to thrive. Staff and pupils enjoy being at Earlham. Both staff and pupils appreciate that leaders put their well-being at the heart of all they do. Pupils’ attendance is good, as they enjoy coming to school. Parents are positive about what the school has to offer, and the way leaders think about each pupil’s future. Teachers say that leaders act on any concerns, including taking steps to reduce unnecessary workload. Staff retention is high.

All pupils have a broad diet of experiences beyond the school’s main programme of study. In the early years, engaging activities are on offer in the colourful, well-resourced indoor and shared outdoor spaces. The school celebrates pupils’ achievements through many vibrant and informative displays. Pupils spoke about their life-sized sculptures, inspired by their study of Shakespeare and his works. Rich opportunities help pupils to understand the importance of promoting respect for others. Pupils value democracy and individuality. Inspired from a recent trip to the Houses of Parliament, Year 6 pupils spoke to me about the pros and cons of both Houses. They were clear on the importance of rules to keep all safe from harm and discrimination. They backed up their own opinions well on how successful our democratic processes are.

Staff are well trained to understand the needs of all pupils including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Class teachers know their pupils very well. They plan learning to gauge what pupils already know and build on this. All staff listen to what pupils have to say. They understand exactly what each pupil needs to learn next. Teachers make sure that pupils know more and remember more and achieve well. I noticed how engaged all pupils are in their lessons.

Pupils are confident readers. Staff are well trained in the school’s phonics programme, consistently taught by all. In the early years, I saw children in the Nursery really enjoying identifying initial letter sounds to the names of objects. In Reception and Years 1 and 2, staff make sure that beginner readers read books which match the sounds they know. Parents have phonics workshops. They understand that their children need to practise reading books to build fluency in reading. The oldest pupils read widely across different subjects and read different types of books. By the time pupils leave the school, most achieve very well. Pupils at Earlham make significantly better progress in reading compared with others nationally.

Curriculum leaders have developed the ambitious educational programme on offer across all subjects. They consider the topics studied, ensuring their relevance to pupils while supporting them in linking their learning. I saw pupils recall and explain their learning in history when considering how migrants are perceived in the past and present. I noticed them making connections to geography when discussing immigration in post-war Britain. Teachers consistently make sure that the school’s plans for what pupils will learn over time are fully implemented.

Pupils learn subject-specific words well. I saw teachers skilfully engage pupils in discussing their learning and presenting their views. However, some pupils speak with less confidence when debating or presenting more sophisticated ideas. This is because they have gaps in their wider vocabulary. The school has recently introduced a debating club to support older pupils in this area. However, leaders have not focused on what broader vocabulary pupils already know, what they should learn, and why.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have made sure that the school benefits from having a safeguarding leader whois also an experienced social worker. She is persistent in making sure that families get any help they need. Staff have good partnerships with families and outside agencies. They know pupils very well and take prompt action when they have concerns.

Leaders and the school community are aware of the vulnerabilities pupils and others may encounter in their daily lives. They have put in place opportunities for both pupils and others to engage with activities after school. These activities promote physical well-being and provide an alternative environment to being on the streets.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Some pupils, particularly those who speak English as an additional language, have gaps in their wider vocabulary. Consequently, they lack the vocabulary to debate skilfully and with confidence, particularly when presenting more sophisticated ideas. Leaders must focus on what broader vocabulary pupils should be taught and why.


When we have judged a school to be good we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the predecessor school, Earlham Primary School to be good on 24–25 October 2013. Earlham Primary School has not previously been inspected as an academy.