Oaklands Primary School

Name Oaklands Primary School
Website http://www.oaklands-primary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2012
Address Oaklands Road, Hanwell, London, W7 2DP
Phone Number 02085675243
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 508 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.2
Local Authority Ealing
Percentage Free School Meals 13.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 32.3%
Persisitent Absence 6.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

The school is much larger than other primary schools. The large majority of pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds and a high proportion speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which is extra government funding given to the school on the basis of the numbers known to be eligible for free school meals, in the care of the local authority or from service families, is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is below the national average. The proportions at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are above average. The Early Years Foundation Stage includes a nursery which provides morning and afternoon sessions. The school meets the government’s targets for pupils’ progress and attainment in English and mathematics. The school does not offer any alterative provision. A significant number of new staff took up post at the start of the academic year including most members of the senior leadership team.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school has made considerable improvements since its last inspection, especially in its provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Hence, the quality of education is good and this is evident in the sustained rise in standards of work over the last three years. Pupils make good progress in English and mathematics right across the school. Their skills in reading develop particularly strongly. Children in the Reception and Nursery classes get a good start to their education. The practical nature of the activities makes sure everyone can join in easily. The school promotes a strong sense of community so that pupils from a wide range of backgrounds feel that they belong. A nurturing environment makes pupils feel safe. Good behaviour around the school and in lessons contributes to pupils’ enjoyment of school and their sense of safety. The headteacher is an inspirational leader who provides a supportive environment for staff but also maintains high expectations of their work. Consequently, teaching and learning are good and most lessons are brisk and purposeful. Governors provide strong oversight of the work of the school and know how well it is doing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The pace of learning is occasionally slow because introductions are too long and sometimes the work given to pupils is too easy, especially for the more able. Pupils’ work is usually thoroughly marked but pupils do not always respond to comments teachers write in their books. As standards of work have risen, pupils are outgrowing the special literacy programmes and the value of these programmes in raising attainment even further is diminishing. There are not always sufficient opportunities for pupils to practise their writing skills and subjects are not always linked together in an exciting and meaningful way.