Elsley Primary School

Name Elsley Primary School
Website http://www.elsley.brent.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 16 January 2012
Address Tokyngton Avenue, Wembley, HA9 6HT
Phone Number 02089028003
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 608 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Local Authority Brent
Percentage Free School Meals 8.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 82.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about the school

Elsley Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of minority ethnic backgrounds and the largest group are of Indian heritage. Over three quarters of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average, these being mainly moderate and specific learning difficulties. The school has been above government floor standards, the minimum expectations for attainment and progress, for the last three years. The school has gained the Basic Skills Quality Mark, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Mark and the Healthy Schools award.

Key findings

This is a good school which has improved steadily in the last three years. Pupils, parents and carers are extremely positive and acknowledge the improvements in leadership and teaching in recent years. Results in national tests are broadly average and pupils make good progress from their low starting points. Teaching is typically good and the school provides well-structured individual support in lessons for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Teaching enthuses pupils to want to learn more and engages them in how this learning will relate to their present and future lives. However, in some lessons, teachers do not explain to pupils how they can improve their work, particularly the more able. The school works effectively with external partners and agencies such as the educational welfare officer and the Child and Adult Mental Health Service. Behaviour is good and pupils demonstrate that they are keen and excited to engage with their learning and take on responsibilities throughout the school, such as playground friends, register monitors and pupil leaders. Pupils work well together and enjoy good relationships with adults. Pupils say that they feel safe and that the rare instances of bullying are dealt with promptly. Pupils get on well together whatever their backgrounds. For example, they designed class charters based on the UNICEF ‘rights-respecting school’ agenda. This contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Leadership and management are good. Through accurate self-evaluation staff know the school’s strengths and areas for development. They have been successful in improving pupils’ academic performance. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage get off to a good start, especially in communication and social development. However, the outside learning space is not utilised to its full potential to extend learning and make it more interesting.