Goodwyn School

Name Goodwyn School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 April 2018
Address Hammers Lane, Mill Hill, London, NW7 4DB
Phone Number 02089593756
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 201 (50% boys 50% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Goodwyn School is a non-selective independent primary school for boys and girls aged from three to 11 years of age. The school is registered for 230 pupils. There are currently 199 pupils on roll, including 31 who attend part time. Most live in the Barnet area and represent a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. The school opened in 1938 and moved to its present premises in 1946. There are a very small number of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities. No pupils have an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs. A very small number of pupils speak English as an additional language. There are no disadvantaged pupils. Early years consists of two Nursery classes and two Reception classes. All children in the Reception attend full time. Parents have an option to either send their children part time or full time to the Nursery. The school uses an adjacent sports field and sports centre. Pupils transfer to a number of state or independent schools at the end of Years 2 or 6. There have been several changes in staffing since the previous inspection, including a new head of curriculum and standards and a new leader of early years. There are also new subject leaders, particularly in subjects other than English and mathematics. The principal of the school is also the proprietor. There is no governing body. The school aims to ‘combine traditional values with quality learning experiences within a caring, supportive environment’. The school was previously inspected on November 2014. By the end of the inspection, the school met the statutory requirements for the publication of information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The proprietor and senior leaders work effectively as a team to bring about continuous improvements. They have ensured that all the independent school standards are met. There are positive relationships between staff and pupils which help pupils to achieve well. Staff are highly committed and motivated and their morale is high. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good and pupils make good progress across the curriculum and year groups. Pupils are prepared well for their next stage of education. Children in the early years make exceptional progress because of the excellent quality of teaching and support they receive. Children are prepared extremely well for Year 1. The curriculum is broad and balanced and engages pupils well so that they make good progress. The curriculum is enriched by a good range of additional clubs, activities and visits. Pupils enjoy their learning and love coming to school. Consequently, their attendance is high. Pupils are happy, feel safe and are well cared for. They are very polite and courteous and they conduct themselves extremely well around the school. Their exceptional behaviour and positive attitudes towards their learning are strong aspects of the school. The school is effective in promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. British values are taught effectively and pupils are prepared well for life in modern Britain. Sometimes, work is not sufficiently challenging for the most able pupils to help them make the progress of which they are capable. There are sometimes insufficient opportunities for pupils to write at length in English and other subjects to improve their writing skills. The arrangements to hold senior leaders more accountable for the work they do are not sufficiently robust. The skills of some subject leaders are not sufficiently developed in checking and improving the quality of teaching. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.