Essex Primary School

Name Essex Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 27 March 2019
Address Sheridan Road, Manor Park, London, E12 6QX
Phone Number 02084720322
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 961 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Local Authority Newham
Percentage Free School Meals 10.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 94.5%
Persisitent Absence 10.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. During the school’s last section 8 inspection, the school demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. The school’s last section 5 inspection took place in January 2014, when it was judged to be good. The executive headteacher works for three days at the school. The headteacher works at the school full-time. The school operates a resource-based provision catering for the needs of thirteen pupils with autism. These pupils are in mainstream lessons for their learning. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is similar to the national average. In upper key stage 2, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils is significantly above average. The majority of pupils are from an Asian or Asian British background. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is similar to the national average. The proportion of pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan is below the national average. However, a larger than average proportion of pupils have complex needs.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders have improved the school significantly since the last inspection. The school now provides an excellent standard of education. Staff, governors, parents and pupils work together to form an inclusive community where pupils excel. Leaders foster pupils’ aspirations for the future exceptionally well. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility and play a useful role in society. They are extremely well prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive excellent support. Leaders’ oversight and provision for pupils with complex needs is first-rate; these pupils are fully included in school life. Middle leaders provide substantial oversight of their roles and responsibilities. As a result, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across different subjects is consistently high. Parents and carers are highly positive of the wide variety of opportunities that pupils receive. As one parent said, ‘They teach fabulously, look after the children, and are simply ace at what they do.’ The rich curriculum makes an excellent contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are highly developed. They behave very positively at all times. Teachers’ expectations of pupils’ progress and conduct are high. They plan exciting lessons underpinned by very strong subject knowledge. As a result, pupils achieve highly and are deservedly proud of their work. Pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, attain highly across the curriculum. They make substantial progress in writing, mathematics and French, for example. Pupils leave the school very well prepared for their secondary education. Children in the early years make good progress. They make good progress in their development, and are well prepared for Year 1. Adults do not routinely deepen children’s thinking during their interactions with them.