Olga Primary School

Name Olga Primary School
Website www.olga.towerhamlets.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 December 2016
Address Lanfranc Road, Bow, London, E3 5DN
Phone Number 02089817127
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 395 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Local Authority Tower Hamlets
Percentage Free School Meals 36.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 55.4%
Persisitent Absence 7.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. This is a larger-than-average primary school. It is expanding to three forms of entry and added a second Reception class in September 2016. The majority of pupils are of Bangladeshi heritage. A high proportion of pupils are disadvantaged and are supported through the pupil premium funding. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. A high proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. On the second day of this inspection, the early years setting was closed to children due to planned staff training. The school meets the government’s current floor standards which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The decision of the school leaders to focus time and resources on improving the quality of teaching has delivered strong outcomes for pupils. All pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, now make strong progress from different starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Improvements in the teaching of mathematics enable a good proportion of pupils to exceed expected standards. Teaching of this subject across the school is strong. Teaching focuses on developing writing skills and pupils are showing good progress in this area. Teaching of reading across the school is effective. Children in the early years show engagement with books and pupils in all year groups show a genuine love for reading. The governing body knows the strengths and weaknesses of the school really well. While governors support the school’s improvement activities, they also offer sharp and timely challenge to its leaders. Pupils are proud of their school. They relish the opportunities their teachers provide them to enjoy and achieve. They show high levels of engagement in lessons. Pupils feel safe in school. They have a secure knowledge of how to keep themselves safe, including when accessing the internet. They talk about the potential dangers of social media. Attendance is improving year on year. School leaders identify and support those pupils who are at risk of non-attending. Good provision in the early years ensures that children get off to a good start. Teaching engages children and learning activities are designed to stimulate children’s interests. However, the quality of support that these children receive in terms of positively promoting good behaviour is not consistent throughout the day. The most able writers are not sufficiently challenged to write in greater depth.