Wanstead Church School


Name Wanstead Church School
Website http://www.wansteadchurchsch.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 05 July 2017
Address Church Path, Wanstead, London, E11 2SS
Phone Number 02089896001
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 233 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Percentage Free School Meals 5.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.7%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Wanstead is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is lower than that seen nationally. The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium funding is lower than the national average. In 2016, the school met the government’s floor standard (the minimum expected of pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of key stage 2).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The extremely dedicated headteacher enables staff to teach and pupils to learn with high levels of confidence and enthusiasm. Pupils make substantial and sustained progress because they receive outstanding teaching. Pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has risen steadily since the previous inspection and is above the national averages. Leaders at all levels work closely with staff to ensure that there are successful improvements to teaching and learning. Sport and music are key elements within the school’s rich curriculum. Despite limited funding, leaders ensure that pupils are provided with a wide range of high-quality experiences. Staff receive highly effective training and support from the school leaders. This develops their skills to focus on further improving pupils’ progress. Leaders’ excellent use of the pupil premium funding ensures that disadvantaged pupils make substantial progress. The school’s effective safeguarding arrangements ensure that pupils’ safety is everybody’s responsibility. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities thrive because they receive high-quality support from skilled staff. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They help each other, work together and show respect to staff and visitors. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is deeply embedded in the school’s values, which are strongly promoted. Pupils are developing thoughtful and reflective approaches to their learning. Nursery and Reception children learn basic skills quickly. Staff organise stimulating activities that promote excellent learning both indoors and out. Governors show great commitment to the school. They know what it does well and are able to hold leaders to account. The parental community is supportive of the leadership; parents said that the ‘family feel’ is a strength of the school. Senior leaders are aware that the most able pupils, including the disadvantaged most able pupils, are capable of even more, especially at the highest levels in mathematics.