Eastbury Farm Primary School


Name Eastbury Farm Primary School
Website http://www.eastburyfarm.herts.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 09 May 2018
Address Bishops Avenue, Northwood, Hertfordshire, HA6 3DG
Phone Number 01923824543
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 323 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Percentage Free School Meals 1.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.9%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. It admits 45 children per year into the Reception class, and this means that there are mixed-age classes in key stage 1 and key stage 2. Children enter the Nursery part time in the September after their third birthday. Children enter the Reception Year full time in the September after their fourth birthday. The proportion of pupils who are from minority ethnic backgrounds is above the national average. Over a third of pupils are Asian or British Asian and over a third of pupils are White British. Over one tenth of pupils come from Armed Forces families. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities or an education, health and care plan is well below average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is less than half the national average. In 2017, the school met the government’s floor standards for pupils in Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher, with the support of a committed group of staff and governors, has driven rapid improvement and tackled the weaknesses identified in the last inspection. Parents and carers, staff and pupils have overwhelmingly positive views about the school and the quality of education it provides. Pupils have a good start to their education in the early years and are well prepared for key stage 1. Pupils’ workbooks and information collected about pupils’ performance show that current pupils make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Vulnerable pupils, including those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities and disadvantaged pupils are well supported by staff and make strong progress. Support for the children of Armed Forces families (service children) is good. This group of pupils makes strong progress and attains high standards in each key stage. Teachers use their good subject knowledge to plan learning that meets the needs of pupils in English and mathematics. Staff use questioning well to help pupils to develop their ideas and to check their understanding. Behaviour in lessons and at different times of the day is outstanding. Pupils are courteous, show respect to each other and support each other well. They enjoy school and work hard in lessons. Staff have positive relationships with pupils and their families. They work hard to ensure that the needs of pupils are met academically, socially and emotionally. Pupils make valuable contributions to school life. They take their responsibilities as school councillors and monitors seriously. The school’s curriculum is broad and interesting, but learning in subjects other than English and mathematics is not always focused sufficiently on the development of key skills. Some subject leaders are not using assessment information or monitoring activities well to identify pupils’ next steps or to improve their subjects. Some pupils do not take care with their handwriting and presentation. Some activities in the early years do not motivate pupils or sustain their interest.