Orchard Primary School

Name Orchard Primary School
Website www.orchard.hackney.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 27 February 2014
Address Holcroft Road, Hackney, London, E9 7BB
Phone Number 02089857785
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 634 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.8
Local Authority Hackney
Percentage Free School Meals 34.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 41.5%
Persisitent Absence 6.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families, is higher than the national average. There are currently no pupils from service families in the school. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above the national average. The majority of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and most of them speak English as an additional language. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics. The school is part of a federation with a local primary school and has supported that school since 2012. The federation has a joint governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The executive headteacher and school leaders make sure that teaching and achievement are outstanding. Together with the governors, they lead the school exceptionally well. Outstanding teaching inspires pupils to enjoy learning so that they make very rapid progress and develop excellent personal skills. Standards are above average in reading, writing and mathematics. Children begin school with levels of skill and knowledge that are generally well below those expected for their age. They make excellent progress so that by the time they join Year 1 standards are above average. The rigorous tracking of pupils’ learning and meticulous planning for improvement support outstanding progress across the school. Pupils receive consistent, high quality feedback in their books. Most pupils respond fully to comments from teachers, which supports their ongoing progress. Pupils who speak English as an additional language achieve as well as their peers because teachers and teaching assistants make sure that they learn exceptionally well through high quality teaching. This is also true of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and pupils eligible for the pupil premium. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. They have excellent attitudes towards learning and say they feel safe in school. Parents are extremely pleased with the school’s work to keep their children safe and happy. Governors make sure that the pupil premium funding makes an excellent contribution to the achievement of eligible pupils.