Upshire Primary Foundation School

Name Upshire Primary Foundation School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 July 2015
Address Upshire Road, Upshire, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3PX
Phone Number 01992715567
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 224 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.3
Percentage Free School Meals 15.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.7%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. Reception children attend full time. There is one class in each year group. The proportion of boys is larger than average. The vast majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is a little below the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for pupils who are looked after by the local authority or who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The school is part of an informal group of local schools that remain independent of one another but work cooperatively to provide common approaches to aspects of school life. The school runs breakfast club and after school club every weekday. An independent preschool operates in the school building. This is inspected separately.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Effective leadership by the headteacher, other school leaders and governors, has improved the quality of teaching and raised pupils’ achievement so they are both now good. School leaders check the quality of teaching and learning rigorously, so they are quick to spot weaknesses and make changes. Leaders track pupils’ progress closely and any pupils falling behind are given extra help so they catch up. Pupils are well behaved and take great pride in their work and school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good because staff promote it well. Teachers ensure pupils are completely safe whilst they are in school. Staff look after them well and give their well-being a high priority; consequently, pupils are happy and thrive. Teaching is good because teachers make sure learning is well-planned and they challenge pupils to do the best they can. Throughout the school all pupils, including disadvantaged and disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs and the most-able pupils all make good progress in relation to their very different starting points. Early years provision is good; children make good progress in the Reception class and are well prepared for Year 1. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ expectations are not always high enough in writing; pupils are not always expected to write to the same high standard in other subjects as they do in English lessons. Teachers do not always make the best use of learning support assistants, particularly when the teacher is talking to the whole class. This means these assistants are not always as effective as they could be. Not enough is done to ensure all children transfer smoothly into Reception from their preschool settings and get off to the best possible start.