Elmgrove Primary School & Nursery

Name Elmgrove Primary School & Nursery
Website http://www.elmgrove.harrow.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 15 November 2012
Address Kenmore Avenue, Kenton, Harrow, HA3 8LU
Phone Number 02089092992
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 792 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.8
Local Authority Harrow
Percentage Free School Meals 16.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 72.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized primary school. Pupils come from a wide range of backgrounds including Indian, African, Asian and White British. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority and for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is much higher than found nationally. The proportion of pupils identified with special educational needs and supported by school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The school is an additionally resourced mainstream school for 18 disabled pupils. No alternative provision is used by pupils. The school was formerly an infant school. It expanded to take Years 3 to 6 in September 2011 and changed its name to Elmgrove Primary School and Nursery. A new headteacher took up his post in September 2011.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher’s focus on making teaching better has led to remarkable improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement over the last year. Pupils’ progress has accelerated in all year groups and their achievement is good. Teachers plan lessons well. They have high expectations of pupils and are very clear about what pupils are learning in lessons. Teachers and teaching assistants have good subject knowledge. The additional provision for disabled pupils is very effective. The support provided for these pupils, particularly by learning assistants, is extremely strong. Behaviour is good in lessons and around the school. Pupils feel safe and their attitudes to learning are positive. Many spoke of learning as being important to them. As one said, ‘Learning is what it is all about.’ Governors have worked with the senior leadership team to ensure that the expansion of the school has been smooth. They have high expectations, ask demanding questions of leaders and check on pupils’ progress regularly. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Sometimes teachers spend too long on the introductions to lessons and pupils do not have enough time to take part in interesting activities. On occasions, the work is not hard enough for the most-able pupils. Teachers do not always ask pupils challenging enough questions. Their questions are sometimes too easy or require short answers.