John Burns Primary School

Name John Burns Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 January 2018
Address Wycliffe Road, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5QR
Phone Number 02072283857
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 220 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Local Authority Wandsworth
Percentage Free School Meals 29.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 31.8%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 18.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

John Burns Primary School is a little smaller than the average primary school. The headteacher has been in post since September 2017. The proportion of pupils supported by pupil premium funding is much higher than average. The proportion of pupils with minority ethnic heritages is above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is a little above average. The school runs a breakfast club and after-school care provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The new headteacher, ably supported by other leaders and governors, is ambitious to improve the school. From the very start, he has identified areas of the school’s work that need improvement. Plans are carefully considered and are already making an impact on pupils’ outcomes. All leaders give priority to improving the quality of teaching. They recognise that there is some outstanding teaching in the school and that there is more to do before all teaching is outstanding. Leaders provide effective support for those who need it. Through their drive for improvement, leaders have raised pupils’ outcomes throughout the school. Progress is now strong in all year groups. Governors effectively hold leaders to account for pupils’ outcomes. Leaders and governors are improving the curriculum. They recognise that there is more to do to ensure that all subjects make the same strong contribution to the curriculum. Teaching is good overall and there is outstanding practice in the school. Pupils are clear about what they are going to learn. Adults provide tasks that challenge pupils to make good progress and learn well. Pupils with different starting points make good progress. The good teaching promotes reading skills well, inspiring pupils with a love of reading. Leaders recognise that pupils’ spelling skills are weaker than their reading skills and other aspects of their writing skills. Leaders accept that more consistent strategies are needed to improve spelling. Pupils are looked after well in this caring school. Adults know all the children. The school is a harmonious environment. The school is a safe place. There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Pupils are given the information they need to keep themselves safe. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development successfully. Pupils receive emotional support that helps them to build resilience. Pupils respect others from all faiths and heritages. They have a strong understanding of the importance of fundamental British values. The Nursery and Reception classes are happy places where children have plenty of opportunities to learn a range of language, number and social skills. Adults are caring. They keep the children safe. There is effective communication with parents and carers. Children are given the skills they need to move confidently into Year 1.