Hanover Primary School


Name Hanover Primary School
Website http://www.hanover.islington.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2013
Address Noel Road, Islington, London, N1 8BD
Phone Number 02076898949
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 332 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Percentage Free School Meals 29.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 23.8%

Information about this school

Hanover is larger than the average-sized primary school. It is a one and a half form entry (45 pupils per year group) school, plus nursery (26 children per session, both in the morning and afternoon). There are two classes in Reception, with 23 pupils in each class. Most other classes have 30 pupils. Over half of the pupils come from a wide range of ethnic heritages other than White British, including pupils with dual heritage, and those from Turkish, Bangladeshi, Caribbean, Somali and other African backgrounds. An above average proportion of pupils has a home language other than English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, from forces families and looked after children) is significantly above average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs supported through school action is slightly above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is higher than average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards in English and mathematics, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievement is good. Pupils attain above average standards in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6, which represents good progress from their broadly average starting points. The quality of teaching is good, with examples of high quality teaching. Teachers are enthusiastic and plan interesting lessons that mainly engage pupils’ imaginations well. Leaders check the quality of teaching and learning rigorously to ensure that all teachers know their strengths and areas for development. Parents are very positive about what the school has to offer and many are actively involved in supporting their children’s learning. Governors, senior leaders and teachers are united in their vision for the school. They are ambitious for their pupils and have worked hard to further improve the previously good teaching and achievement. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress because of the very specific focus on early language development and targeted interventions. Pupils behave well in and around the school. Their attitudes to learning are consistently positive. Attendance has significantly improved and is above average. Pupils say they feel extremely safe at the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ expectations and, consequently, the level of challenge for individuals are not always high enough in a small minority of cases. Pupils do not always have sufficient opportunities to show that they have taken to the points made in teachers’ feedback in marking into account. There are not enough opportunities for pupils to fully develop their skills in information and communication technology (ICT).