|Name||Oliver Goldsmith Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||08 May 2014|
|Address||Coniston Gardens, Kingsbury, London, NW9 0BD|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||457 (45% boys 55% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.7|
|Percentage Free School Meals||7.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||80.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of two part-time Nursery and two full-time Reception classes. Almost all pupils are of minority ethnic heritage. The largest ethnic groups are of Asian, Black Caribbean and White Eastern European heritage. The majority of pupils speak English as an additional language. A few are at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (in this school, additional government funding for particular pupils, including those eligible for free school meals) is slightly below the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs and who need some extra help is below average, as is the proportion who need more help or who have a statement of special educational needs. The school met the current government floor standards in 2013, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. Since September 2013, the school has been part of a soft federation with Byron Court Primary School, an arrangement in which both schools work in partnership under one executive headteacher but with two separate governing bodies. The executive headteacher of Oliver Goldsmith is a national leader of education (NLE) and the substantive headteacher of Byron Court Primary School. She assumed her position as the executive headteacher of both schools in January 2013.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and make good progress in English and mathematics, reaching above average standards by the end of Key Stage 1 and 2. The dynamic leadership of the executive headteacher has improved pupils’ achievement since 2013. Children make a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage, where skilful teaching ensures they make rapid progress. The quality of teaching is good across the school. Pupils are courteous, respectful and behave well. They enjoy coming to school and attendance of pupils is above average. There are good partnerships with parents and pupils feel safe and well looked after. This is a really good aspect of the school’s work. Leaders and governors provide strong leadership and clear direction to staff and pupils. There is a sharp focus on raising standards and teachers are held accountable for the progress pupils make. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some pupils, in particular the most able, are not always given harder work when they are ready to move on in their learning. In subjects other than English and mathematics, pupils do not always receive the feedback they need to know how to improve their work. Teachers and middle leaders do not always use information about pupils’ progress to ensure that all pupils achieve outstandingly well.