Oakwood Primary School

Name Oakwood Primary School
Website www.oakwoodprimary.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 12 March 2019
Address 117 Tennyson Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3RR
Phone Number 01582518800
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Islam
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Luton
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakwood Primary School is an independent Muslim primary day school that opened in 2008. The school is situated in a quiet residential part of central Luton. The school is registered to admit up to 150 boys and girls aged from three to 11 years of any religious background. There are currently no disadvantaged pupils attending the school and no pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The school does not make use of any alternative off-site provision. The school is managed by a board of trustees that includes the headteacher, who is one of the founders of the school. The school seeks to help its pupils achieve an understanding of their own faith, and the role of Islam in their lives.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The trustees, governors and leaders have not ensured that all the independent school standards are met. Trustees and governors do not have a secure understanding of their responsibilities within the independent school standards. Leaders’, including governors’, capacity to make and sustain improvements in teaching, learning and assessment have been hampered by staffing changes and challenges to recruitment. Leaders’ monitoring of the school’s work is not sharp enough. This limits leaders’ and governors’ ability to make precise judgements about the progress pupils make. Teachers do not use assessment consistently effectively to plan activities that meet pupils’ needs, including the most able and in early years. Consequently, pupils do not make the progress of which they are capable. Some teachers’ expectations of what pupils can achieve are not high enough. This leads to pupils not making consistently good progress. Staff training is underdeveloped for leaders, governors and staff. This inhibits adults’ ability to be highly effective in their roles. Early years outdoor provision does not give children sufficient opportunities to develop and apply their learned skills. The school has the following strengths Leaders have acted on the areas identified in the previous inspection, most notably in improving the quality of phonics teaching. Parents value the school and appreciate the hard work of leaders and staff in taking care of their children. Pupils value their education, behave well and appreciate the high-quality support for their emotional well-being. Pupils epitomise the values of respect and tolerance. Leaders prioritise this within the curriculum. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.