Larchwood Primary School

Name Larchwood Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 07 March 2017
Address Larchwood Gardens, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NG
Phone Number 01277372450
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 331 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.4
Academy Sponsor Brentwood Academies Trust
Local Authority Essex
Percentage Free School Meals 16.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 12.1%
Persisitent Absence 6.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is of average size and the roll is increasing. There are two classes in the Reception Year and two classes in Year 1. A new class is being added each September as the school becomes fully two-form entry. The pupils are largely from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average but numbers are rising. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is larger than that found in schools nationally. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is smaller than in most schools. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school meets the government floor standards that set out the minimum expectations for primary schools. The governors of the school manage a breakfast club and an after-school club. The headteacher took up post in January 2013. Following an Ofsted inspection some six months later which placed the school in an Ofsted category of concern, the school became an academy, sponsored by St Martin’s Secondary School, which is a local outstanding school. Larchwood is part of Brentwood Academies Trust. The headteacher has recently provided external support for a local school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders and managers have brought about rapid and significant improvements since the school opened as a sponsored academy. Leaders at all levels know the strengths and weaknesses of the school very well and this means that they are well placed to tackle any underperformance. As a result, the vast majority of the pupils make very strong progress across the curriculum. The local governing body is exceptionally well led. The executive headteacher and the trust board challenge and support the school in equal measure. This has been key in securing recent improvements. The committed, confident staff are ambitious for the school and its pupils. Teaching in a wide range of subjects is inspirational. It excites pupils so that they do the very best they can. Many attain highly in national assessment tests. Leaders and managers have created a strong culture of safety and this means that the pupils are kept safe from harm. Pupils have excellent behaviour and attitudes to their learning. This means that they listen carefully to what adults say to them and respond swiftly to their direction. Parents are very positive about all aspects of the school’s work. Leaders have put effective strategies in place to improve pupils’ attendance, which is now in line with national figures. Most pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make substantial progress from their starting points. However, assessment is not used well enough to ensure that all make enough progress. Children in the early years get off to a good start. They benefit from exciting and interesting activities which means that they make good progress and achieve well. The early years provision is not outstanding because the initial assessments of the children when they start school are not accurate enough to ensure that all their individual needs are well met.