Coppetts Wood Primary School


Name Coppetts Wood Primary School
Website http://www.coppettswoodprimary.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 September 2011
Address Coppetts Road, Friern Barnet, London, N10 1JS
Phone Number 02088830248
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 277 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.6
Local Authority Barnet
Percentage Free School Meals 23.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 53.8%
Persisitent Absence 10.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about the school

Coppetts Wood is a slightly smaller than average primary school. Pupils are from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is high. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. There is a 14-place ‘Language Resource Provision’ for pupils with speech and language needs. This is referred to as the speech and language provision and is a local authority facility which serves pupils from the immediate area and further afield. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above average. A higher than average proportion of pupils join or leave the school at other than the normal starting and leaving points. There is Early Years Foundation Stage provision for children in Nursery and Reception. An on-site before- and after-school club is managed by the governing body. A children’s centre with pre-school provision is part of the school and shares the school site. This is managed by the headteacher and the governing body, but was inspected separately.

Main findings

Coppetts Wood Primary is an outstanding school. Senior leaders and staff have maintained and built upon the strengths identified in the previous inspection. As a parent stated, ‘The school goes from strength to strength.’ All groups of pupils are highly valued and have full access to the high quality opportunities provided. Outstanding care, guidance and support and the very positive school atmosphere make a considerable contribution to pupils’ personal development. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school and are highly motivated learners. Attendance has improved to above average levels. Community cohesion is promoted extremely well and pupils make exceptional progress in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is outstanding. Pupils feel extremely safe because of the attention given to safeguarding and show an excellent understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle. They make valuable contributions to the school and to the wider community. Pupils achieve well because of good teaching and a highly effective curriculum. Pupils in the speech and language provision make exceptional progress because of high quality specialist teaching and they are extremely well integrated into the life of the school. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress in most areas of learning and they make outstanding progress in their personal development. Good attention is given to developing children’s language skills. Good progress continues in Years 1 and 2 and pupils’ attainment by the end of Year 6 is above average. Pupils develop into confident speakers and readers and they write interesting pieces in a range of topics. They apply numeracy skills well in solving problems. Teaching successfully promotes good progress for all pupils. There are examples of outstanding practice which are only partially shared among the staff. Teachers establish clear expectations and high quality relationships with pupils. Explanations, instructions and questioning promote learning well. Assessment is used effectively to plan teaching and to match tasks to pupils’ abilities. Occasionally opportunities are missed to fully extend pupils’ learning, particularly the most able and learning can slow when time is not maximised. An exciting curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of all groups of pupils and is enriched by a wide range of additional activities that result in overall outstanding outcomes for pupils. The school has been successfully led and managed since the previous inspection and the new headteacher, with staff, is building on the school’s many strengths. The school engages positively with parents and carers who are pleased with the care and education provided. Some typical comments were: ‘Tremendous school’, ‘I’m glad my child attends this school’ and ‘My child is progressing well.’ There are first-rate partnerships with other agencies to promote pupils’ learning and development. Members of the governing body make a valuable contribution to the school’s effectiveness and improvements. Through accurate, systematic self-evaluation, the school knows its strengths and takes positive action to bring about improvements. Since the previous inspection, the school’s effectiveness has progressed from good to outstanding. The school demonstrates an outstanding capacity to improve.