Oakmere Primary School

Name Oakmere Primary School
Website http://www.oakmereprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 February 2013
Address Chace Avenue, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 5NP
Phone Number 01707656963
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 310 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.5
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 27.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 21.6%
Persisitent Absence 23.7%
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.