Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School

Name Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 January 2013
Address 20 Daws Lane, London, NW7 4SL
Phone Number 02089062983
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Jewish
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 211 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.3
Academy Sponsor Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School Trust
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 1.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. Most children are of White British heritage. The school is a Free School and is committed to the practice of the Jewish faith. The school is currently housed in temporary accommodation and will move to a new, purpose-built school in September 2013. Since the school opened in September 2011 there have been a lot of changes in teaching and support staff. There are two headteachers who share the job of headteacher in the school. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus is low. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs. There are no pupils supported at school action. The school currently has pupils from age three to six. The school does not use any teaching in places away from the school for its pupils. No pupils are eligible to receive pupil premium, which provides additional money for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families. The school has recently made links with a nearby outstanding school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils make good progress in reading and writing in every class. Standards are above those achieved by other children of their age. This is a direct result of the investment made by the governors in a programme of training and materials to improve teaching. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make outstanding progress because of the excellent support they are given. Most teaching is good because teachers explain clearly what pupils are expected to learn by the end of the lesson. They plan lessons well. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding due to the strong emphasis and high expectations of the Jewish culture. Pupils’ behaviour is good in the school and on the playground. They play and learn well together. There is no bullying of any kind and pupils feel very safe and love coming to school. The outstanding leadership of the headteachers makes sure that pupils make good progress. They make sure teachers understand that they are responsible for the progress pupils make. They show teachers what good teaching is and help them to get better. Where teaching is not good enough and teachers have left the school, the headteachers have taught classes until good teachers are found. The governors give excellent support to the school. They make sure that pupils and teachers are safe and have everything they need to do a good job. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not consistently good in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The most-able children in the Nursery and Reception classes do not make enough progress in mathematics. Pupils’ handwriting is not as good as it should be. Governors are beginning to visit lessons but have not had training on what good teaching and learning looks like.