Walthamstow Montessori School

Name Walthamstow Montessori School
Website http://www.walthamstowmontessori.com
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 30 October 2018
Address Penryhn Hall, Penryhn Avenue, Walthamstow, London, E17 5DA
Phone Number 02085232968
Type Independent
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 123 (46% boys 54% girls)
Local Authority Waltham Forest
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England

Information about this school

Walthamstow Montessori School is an independent, non-selective nursery and preparatory school for boys and girls aged between three and 11 years. Pupils come to the school from diverse backgrounds and almost half speak English as an additional language. Few pupils are at the early stages of learning to speak English. Very few pupils have special educational needs and/ or disabilities. No pupils are disadvantaged. The lower school is located at the Penrhyn Hall address. It includes separately registered and inspected provision for two-year-olds. Three classes, for older pupils, are located nearby in St. John’s Church, Brookscroft Road. The school runs a breakfast and after school club for pupils who attend the school. The previous standard inspection took place on 7–9 June 2017, with a check made of the school’s action plan on 31 October 2017 and a check of the Independent School Standards on 19 June 2018.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leadership and management require improvement. The monitoring of teaching and pupils’ outcomes is insufficiently rigorous. As a result, the school’s self-evaluation is inaccurate. The advisory board is too newly established to be able to demonstrate a positive impact on teaching, learning and pupils’ outcomes. It is not yet in a position to hold school leaders to account for their actions and performance. Teaching, learning and assessment require improvement. Teachers do not make effective use of the assessment information they have collected to plan challenging work. Teachers’ expectations for pupils’ achievement are not high enough, especially in writing. Pupils’ outcomes require improvement. Leaders do not ensure that pupils make consistently good progress. Pupils’ personal development and welfare require improvement. Pupils have a limited understanding of the forms that bullying and discrimination can take, and of e-safety. There are too few opportunities in the curriculum for pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of information and communication technology. The school has the following strengths The early years provision is good. Children make good progress in the Nursery and Reception classes and are prepared well for Year 1. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They enjoy school and are polite. They feel safe and are kept safe. Parents and members of staff are positive about the school and the way it is improving. Recent improvements demonstrate leaders’ commitment and their capacity to improve the school. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.