Ivy Chimneys Primary School

Name Ivy Chimneys Primary School
Website http://www.ivychimneys.net
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 November 2013
Address Ivy Chimneys Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 4EP
Phone Number 01992573518
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 305 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.8
Academy Sponsor Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 11.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

The school is similar in size to the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The remaining pupils come from a number of different minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below average. None are currently at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion identified for additional support through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is marginally below average. The proportion of pupils supported through the pupil premium is below average. This is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those who are looked after by the local authority, and other eligible groups. In 2013, the school met the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher was appointed in September 2013. The deputy headteacher joined the school in September 2012.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have high expectations and are working together effectively to improve teaching and to ensure all pupils achieve well. Pupils make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 2. Standards in Year 6 in mathematics, reading and writing are above average. Standards in reading and writing have risen since the last inspection. Much of the teaching is good with some examples of outstanding practice. Pupils behave well and have a good understanding of the importance of personal safety. Pupils’ attendance is above average. The governing body checks on the work of the school and sets challenging but appropriate targets for the headteacher. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough pupils make rapid progress in Key Stage 1 because teaching is not consistently good. More able pupils are not always challenged sufficiently. Standards in mathematics have not risen as quickly as those in reading and writing. Leaders have yet to make full use of assessment data to ensure that all pupils make good progress. The governing body does not have sufficiently robust procedures for checking the impact of additional funding.