East Acton Primary School


Name East Acton Primary School
Website http://www.eastactonprimary.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 March 2013
Address East Acton Lane, Acton, London, W3 7HA
Phone Number 02087620540
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 307 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Percentage Free School Meals 28.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 76.2%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school with a one form of entry and an additional class in Reception. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for the children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families, is much higher than the national average. Just over 90% of pupils attending this school are from minority ethnic groups, which is much higher than the national average. Many of these do not speak English before they come to school. The largest minority ethnic group is from Arab speaking backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is about 5%. Around 10% of pupils are supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs. These proportions are low compared with national averages. The school meets the current government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Standards in English and mathematics have risen rapidly since the previous inspection so that by the end of Key Stage 2 pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is in line with national averages and achievement is good. Standards are rising in Years 3 and 5 because : the school is addressing pupils’ underachievement through targeted support for pupils in these classes. Increasing numbers of higher attaining pupils are gaining the higher National Curriculum levels by the end of Years 2 and 6. Many pupils, who join the school speaking little or no English, develop confidence and quickly acquire language and communication skills that enable them to catch up and to make as much progress as their peers. The range of themes and activities provided by the school ensures that children develop skills in a wide range of subjects, including the arts and sports, alongside lessons which encourage pupils to explore different faiths and cultures, this supports their good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Teaching is usually good, with some examples of outstanding practice. Pupils say that they feel very safe and well cared for. They enjoy taking responsibility for particular areas of school life, such as keeping the playground safe. Pupils enjoy school and this contributes to their above average attendance. Governors know the school well and rigorously hold the school to account for its performance and the management of its finances. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There are a few inconsistencies in the quality of teaching and not enough outstanding teaching to ensure that work set routinely meets the needs of all pupils, especially in Years 3 and 5. There are missed opportunities for pupils to reflect and act on their teachers’ marking and guidance to make the necessary improvements. The school provides opportunities to help parents and carers understand how they can support their children’s learning; however, engagement with these sessions, particularly for the increasing numbers of families who are new to Britain, or for whom English is a second language, is limited.