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Downsell Primary School

Downsell Primary School
Downsell Road

phone: 020 85560103

headteacher: Mr Terrence Nairne

school holidays: via Waltham Forest council

653 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
630 pupils capacity: 104% full

345 boys 53%

≤ 2113y314a184b94c205y476y457y358y469y4010y43

310 girls 47%

≤ 293y274a134b84c215y406y367y398y339y4110y41

Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 538836, Northing: 185859
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.555, Longitude: 0.0011813
Accepting pupils
5—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Nov. 7, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Leyton and Wanstead › Cathall
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Private Finance Initiative
Part of PFI
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Free school meals %

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  8. 0.4 miles Mayville Infants' School E114PZ
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  12. 0.4 miles Hafs Academy E151JW (53 pupils)
  13. 0.5 miles St Francis' Catholic Primary School E151HB (462 pupils)
  14. 0.5 miles St Francis' RC Infant School E151HB
  15. 0.5 miles St Francis' RC Junior School E151HD
  16. 0.5 miles Chobham Academy E201BD (603 pupils)
  17. 0.6 miles Acacia Nursery E113HF (125 pupils)
  18. 0.6 miles Newport Junior School E106PJ
  19. 0.6 miles Newport School E106PJ (820 pupils)
  20. 0.6 miles Buxton School E113NN (1472 pupils)
  21. 0.6 miles Tom Hood Community Science College E113NT
  22. 0.6 miles Cann Hall Junior School E113NN
  23. 0.6 miles Cann Hall Infants' School E113NN
  24. 0.6 miles East London Independent Special School E151HB (62 pupils)

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21 March 2014
Mr Terrance Nairne
Downsell Primary School

134-136 Downsell Road

Waltham Forest
E15 2BS
Dear Mr Nairne

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Downsell Primary

Following my visit to your school on 21 March 2014, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the

findings. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made available to
discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most recent
section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in November 2013. It was carried
out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 build on the changes to the school’s assessment procedures to further develop

the understanding of pupil progress within the school

 give pupils more opportunities to reflect upon their work and then improve it.
 make sure that the school’s self-evaluation reflects the growing understanding of

teaching and learning and pupils’ progress within the school.


During the visit, I held meetings with you and other senior leaders, a group of
middle leaders, the Chair of the Governing Body with two other governors and a
representative of the local authority to discuss the actions taken since the last
inspection. The school improvement plan was evaluated. I also conducted a short
tour of the school with senior leaders.

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There have been a number of staffing changes since the inspection. One member of
staff is currently on maternity leave and this temporary vacancy is being covered by
an existing permanent member of staff. Another teacher has left the school and has
been replaced with a permanent teacher.
The role of three teaching assistants has been reviewed and the school has
appointed two additional teaching assistants to support vulnerable pupils.

Main findings

The post-Ofsted action plan is suitably focused on the areas identified for
improvement. It shows a clear understanding of the immediate actions required to

improve pupils’ learning for the school. The action plan has defined the steps

required to secure the expected outcomes. These are focused on improving the
learning for all pupils and progress being checked regularly and shared with staff
and governors.
The school has reviewed its assessment procedures. Staff now collect data about

pupils’ progress on a half-termly basis. Pupils’ assessed work is moderated both

internally, and externally in partnership with local schools. This added level of rigour
allows for the school to use this data to inform practice in the classroom and identify
pupils for whom extra support is needed.
Teachers plan with a greater understanding of pupils’ abilities within their
classrooms. As a result of this, a range of differentiated tasks take place in lessons..
To support these activities, teaching assistants are now involved more fully in
supporting the learning of groups of pupils and are directly contributing to their
improving progress.
A set of non-negotiable professional expectations for all staff has been shared
throughout the school, by you. Teachers have responded to this challenge and

areas for development such as the marking of pupil’s books and planning for

learning are showing how teachers can rapidly improve the learning experience for
You are ensuring that teachers teach to a consistently good or better standard by
using both senior and middle leaders to monitor the quality of teaching and learning
throughout the school. This is a development in the role of middle leaders and has
been enhanced by an emphasis on leaders coaching and developing other teachers
within the school. Middle leaders now lead on sharing and embedding the best
practice within the school.
Professional development and training opportunities have been increased, with the
support of the local authority. These include an induction and development
programme for newly qualified teachers, thereby allowing for a greater range of
support for new staff.
The increased scrutiny of pupils’ learning and teaching within the school is carefully
linked to these new initiatives. Senior and middle leaders are now more aware of
priorities for staff development. Careful targeting of training is beginning to impact
on pupils’ outcomes.
An external review of governance is under way and will be completed by the end of
March. Governors are clear in their desire to support further improvements within
the school and supportive of both the review and a possible reconstitution of the
governing body if necessary. Individual governors are undertaking training to
develop their contribution, however, it is clear that the governing body needs to
increase the skills currently held within it.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

You have actively sought the support of the local authority in seeking to improve the
school. It is clear that they have made a significant contribution to the improvement
seen so far. Your partnership with Davies Lane School and the link through this
school to the Tollgate teaching alliance is allowing for teachers from the school to
experience a greater range of development activities than otherwise. This has also
allowed the school to develop another opportunity for the external moderation of

pupils’ work.

You have further developed the established link with Newport School. This supports
external moderation and staff development. Taken together, these links are
providing a better level of professional development and a more rigorous system of
The local authority regularly visits the school with a focus on developing teaching
and learning, and has provided support for governors and the review of governance.
I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Waltham Forest.

Yours sincerely
Kevin Flanagan

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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