|Name||Oakmere Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 February 2013|
|Address||Chace Avenue, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 5NP|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||310 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||27.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||21.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||13.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is well above average. Pupils come from a diverse range of backgrounds. The majority are from White British heritage and the next largest group are Traveller children of Irish heritage. The proportion of pupils speaking English as an additional language is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives pupil premium funding is well above the national average. This funding is received for particular groups of pupils, including those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or through a statement of special educational needs is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is well below average. No pupils are taught in alternative provision away from the school site. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The school has improved because the headteacher and the governing body have focused successfully on raising standards. As a result, teaching and learning are good and pupils achieve well, whatever their starting points. Leaders work well with staff to check on pupils’ progress. They use this information well to identify and tackle areas for improvement. The school encourages pupils to read regularly in school and at home to develop good reading skills. Any pupils who fall behind are helped to catch up quickly. Pupils behave well and take good care of each other. They feel safe in school and know how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations in and out of school. Pupils enjoy school because they find lessons interesting and fun. They work and play well together and usually concentrate well. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are very well supported. They are fully included in school life and achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils are not given enough opportunities to write at length. There are too few opportunities for pupils to evaluate each other’s work and celebrate successful learning. Teachers’ questions do not always give the pupils enough scope to deepen and extend their thinking and learning. Although attendance has improved over recent years it has fallen so far this year.