Garfield Primary School

Name Garfield Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 November 2014
Address Upper Park Road, New Southgate, Enfield, London, N11 1BH
Phone Number 02083684500
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 399 (44% boys 56% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Local Authority Enfield
Percentage Free School Meals 27.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 65.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

Garfield Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. About half of pupils at the school are eligible for the pupil premium. This is well above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils, in this school, who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The majority of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Two fifths are from Eastern European backgrounds. Almost one tenth of the school population are of White British origin. About three quarters of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with disabilities and special educational needs is below average. The school has a Children’s Centre on site that houses the school’s nursery. The children attend Reception on a full-time basis. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Key Stage 2.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leaders, including governors, are ambitious for pupils. They have had a positive impact on improving teaching and raising achievement. The school prepares pupils successfully for life in modern Britain. It promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. The behaviour of pupils is good. They are very polite and respectful. They show courtesy and consideration to each other and to all adults. Pupils’ attitudes towards learning are good. They enjoy their work and thrive on the wide range of sporting and other activities they take part in. The school keeps pupils safe and ensures that they understand how to stay safe. Parents are very supportive of the school. Those who spoke to inspectors describe it as a good and improving school. Most would recommend the school to others. Teaching is good. Teachers make learning interesting for pupils through imaginative, enjoyable activities. They work effectively with support staff to raise standards. In 2014, from very low starting points at the beginning of Key Stage 2, Year 6 pupils made good progress, especially in mathematics and writing. Pupils who qualify for additional government funding make good progress as a result of the effective support they receive. The Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Children settle quickly and make good progress because : adults provide an exciting and well-planned range of activities. Governors are well informed about the school and hold school leaders to account for the school’s good performance. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ progress in reading is not as rapid as it is in writing and mathematics. Sometimes teachers set work that is too easy or too hard for pupils, particularly those who enter the school at a time other than at the start of the year. Information on pupils’ performance is not always used as well as it could be to track pupils’ progress. As a result, the full impact of the school’s work is not always evident.