Orchard Primary School

Name Orchard Primary School
Website www.orchardprimary.com/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 November 2012
Address Orchard Road, Hounslow, TW4 5JW
Phone Number 02085706247
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 692 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.8
Local Authority Hounslow
Percentage Free School Meals 14.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 63.9%
Persisitent Absence 12.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Orchard Primary School is much larger than the average sized primary school. It includes Early Years Foundation Stage classes for Nursery and Reception-aged children. Over 95% of pupils are from minority ethnic groups, which is a much higher proportion than found nationally. The largest ethnic groups are pupils of Indian and Pakistani heritage. Around four fifths of pupils do not speak English as their first language, which is much higher than national figures. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for groups of pupils including those eligible for free school meals) is broadly in line with national figures. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs in the school is slightly below national figures. The proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is in line with national figures. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is slightly below what is found nationally. The school meets the current government 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. Pupils achieve well and make good progress. They start school with levels of skills and knowledge that are well below those expected from children of their age. By the end of Year 6 they have caught up, and their attainment is in line with national averages. The quality of teaching is good across the school, and some teaching is outstanding. Teachers have high expectations and teach interesting lessons that help pupils to learn well. The progress of pupils is checked carefully. If a pupil is not doing well enough, help is quickly given. Pupils are taught to read successfully. By Year 6 their standards in reading are slightly above average. Pupils behave well in lessons and are very positive about their learning. The school is a very calm place to learn in. Pupils get on very well together, and bullying and racism are very rare. Pupils feel safe and enjoy school, and attendance rates are rising. School leaders and managers, including governors, are keen to raise pupils’ achievement and to improve the school. School leaders carefully check on the quality of teaching and help teachers to improve. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons teachers talk for too long. This allows less time for pupils to work independently and slows their rate of progress. More-able pupils are not always given work which is hard enough for them, especially in writing, and as a result, although they make good progress, they do not always produce the highest quality work they are capable of. Until recently the governing body had not always challenged the school in a systematic way to improve. It had relied too heavily on senior leaders for information rather than its own first-hand experience.