Kenmore Park Junior School
Headteacher: Mr Michael Baumring Bed Hons
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360 pupils capacity: 109% full
200 boys 51%
190 girls 48%
Last updated: June 18, 2014
Primary — Community School
- Education phase
- Establishment type
- Community School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 518049, Northing: 189732
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 51.594, Longitude: -0.2972
- Accepting pupils
- 7—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- Jan. 30, 2013
- Region › Const. › Ward
- London › Harrow East › Kenton East
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Free school meals %
- Kenmore Park Infant and Nursery School HA39JA (359 pupils)
- 0.2 miles Glebe Primary School HA39LF (575 pupils)
- 0.5 miles St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School HA39NS (425 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Park High School HA71PL
- 0.5 miles Park High School HA71PL (1606 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Canons High School HA86AN
- 0.6 miles Canons High School HA86AN (1032 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Uxendon Manor Primary School HA30UX (477 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Claremont High School HA30UH
- 0.7 miles Camrose Primary With Nursery HA86JH (341 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Claremont High School HA30UH (1594 pupils)
- 0.8 miles St Gregory RC High School HA30NB (1116 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Priestmead Primary School and Nursery HA38SZ (690 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Stag Lane Junior School HA85RU (367 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Priestmead First School and Nursery HA38SZ
- 0.8 miles Stag Lane Infant and Nursery School HA85RU (354 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Woodlands School HA86JP (94 pupils)
- 1 mile Kingsbury High School NW99JR
- 1 mile Stanburn Junior School HA72PJ
- 1 mile Stanburn Primary School HA72PJ (733 pupils)
- 1 mile Whitchurch First School and Nursery HA72EQ (324 pupils)
- 1 mile Whitchurch Junior School HA72EQ (369 pupils)
- 1 mile Krishna-Avanti Primary School HA86ES
- 1 mile Kingsbury High School NW99JR (1967 pupils)
|Unique Reference Number||102193|
|Inspection dates||10-11 January 2008|
|Reporting inspector||Raminder Arora|
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Middle deemed primary|
|Age range of pupils||8-12|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number on roll (school)||329|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||22 September 2003|
|School address||Moorhouse Road|
|Harrow HA3 9JA|
|Telephone number||020 8204 6294|
|Fax number||020 8905 0368|
|Chair||Mr David Maurice|
|Headteacher||Mr Michael Baumring|
The inspection was carried out by three Additional Inspectors.
Description of the school
This larger than average school serves a relatively deprived, multi-cultural area in Harrow. A high proportion of pupils are eligible for free school meals. Most pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and one in four is at an early stage of learning English. An above average percentage of pupils has learning difficulties or disabilities. The attainment on entry is below average overall. A considerable number of pupils join or leave during the school year. Several of these are asylum seekers or refugees. The school has secured awards such as, Healthy Schools Award, Basic Skills-Quality Mark3, Active Mark and Investors in People.
Overall effectiveness of the school
This is a good school with several outstanding features. The good leadership of the headteacher ensures that pupils make good progress and that their personal development is outstanding. Pupils are confident and enjoy school immensely. They have positive attitudes and behave exceptionally well. Pupils take on responsibilities as school councillors and mentors, which contribute to their growing maturity and prepares them well for their move to secondary school. Pupils from all backgrounds are well included and this contributes to the school's warm family ethos. Staff know pupils very well and their very positive relationships are key in making pupils feel very special. Parents really value this. One wrote, 'The school built my son's confidence and the grades went up!'
Considerable attention is paid to monitoring pupils' achievement, and strategies are quickly put in place to tackle any potential underachievement. Pupils feel safe at school because they are extremely well cared for. They understand the need for healthy diets and exercise, and actively participate in a range of sporting activities on offer.
Pupils achieve well and attain average standards by age 11. Pupils' work shows that they are in line with the national expectations, when they leave school at age 12. Results of national tests in the past three years have been above average in mathematics and science, and average in English. However, the most recent results for pupils aged 11 show a decline in standards, particularly in English. This was mainly due to a higher than usual number of new arrivals in Year 6. Pupils' performance in writing has been identified as the weakest aspect of their work and various measures such as 'the big writing project' are having a positive impact. The school's data on progress indicates that pupils currently in Year 6 are making good progress towards the school's challenging targets, and they are on target to reach the expected standards.
Good teaching has a positive effect on pupils' achievement and progress. Pupils thoroughly enjoy learning, typically saying 'the teachers make lessons fun'. Assessment information is well used to set individual targets and to make sure that pupils know what they have to aim for next. The curriculum is outstanding and strongly enriched by clubs, visits and visitors. Teachers place good emphasis on teaching the basic skills of literacy and numeracy, while providing good opportunities for pupils to excel in sports, art and music. Pupils with learning difficulties are effectively supported and particular attention is being paid to improving boys' writing. However, planning for more able pupils is more variable and sometimes opportunities are missed to make sure that there is best possible challenge.
Leadership and management are good at all levels. Planning for school improvement is comprehensive and governors play an important part in overseeing the work of the school. Procedures for self-evaluation and review are good. An especially strong feature is the partnership with a cluster of schools and many other beneficial links established with the community. Strong links with local schools enable smooth movement between schools. The school has been successful in addressing the issues from its last inspection and has a good capacity to improve still further.
What the school should do to improve further
- Raise standards in English, particularly in writing for all pupils.
- Ensure that teacher's planning consistently offers optimal challenge for more able pupils.
Achievement and standards
Pupils attain average standards at the age of eleven and twelve. Achievement and progress are good in relation to their starting points of limited English skills. The national test results at Year 6, have been good in the past, but dipped in the last year due to cohort differences. A significant number of new arrivals with complex needs and varied experiences joined the group with some very new to learning English. Standards in English, particularly in writing, lag behind the broadly average standards in mathematics and science. Through effective analysis and research, the school has introduced good strategies to support pupils' achievement. Measures such as the effective use of drama encourage pupils to write more fluently. The well-established family literacy programme is also proving beneficial to get parents more involved with their child's education. Pupils who join the school during the year and those with learning difficulties and disabilities, make good progress due to the very effective support they receive. Pupils learning English as a new language make equally good progress and achieve well. The difference in achievement of boys and girls is carefully monitored and action taken to diminish the gap.
Personal development and well-being
Pupils' personal development, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is outstanding. Mature, well-mannered pupils develop exceptional self worth because the school emphasises the affirmation of academic and personal success. Attendance is average and improving as a result of the good strategies in place. Pupils from many different backgrounds work and play harmoniously. They feel the school is a secure place and develop a sense of community through a range of fund raising events. Year 7 pupils trained as mediators, effectively support the younger ones, using good negotiation skills and empathy. Pupils are keen to support charities and enjoy responsibility as members of an active school council. One commented 'we tell things as they are and don't just agree with adults-that's democratic'. Pupils know about eating healthily and keeping fit. They acquire average level of basic skills but develop strong teamwork skills and personal qualities for life in future. Enterprise education is well promoted, for example at the summer fair, boosting pupils' understanding of their future economic well-being.
Quality of provision
Teaching and learning
'Teachers and other staff are a big asset for this school' wrote one parent. Teaching is good with some outstanding features such as the high quality relationships that underpin the strong management of behaviour. The learning environment is well organised and stimulating. Teachers make good use of the digital cameras and videos to make their lessons livelier. Pupils are well motivated and enthusiastic as a result. Interesting themes, such as 'ghost busters' when designing a logo, are effectively used in lessons. Pupils stay on task and are particularly happy to talk about what they are doing, when they find their work appropriately challenging. For example, pupils were bursting with excitement to score and achieve in a lesson, exploring calculations through competitive games, and using the interactive white board. Teachers generally plan well to meet the needs of all the pupils and make their expectations clear. Additional adults and withdrawal groups are used very effectively to support pupils with learning difficulties. However, at times planning lacks sufficient detail to ensure consistent challenge for more able pupils.
Curriculum and other activities
The curriculum is outstanding and developed to suit pupils' needs. It is enriched by innovative approaches in linking different subjects creatively across the curriculum. For example, pupils talked about exploring links between sounds and vibrations in science when making musical instruments in design and technology. The extensive range of clubs such as art, athletics, cricket, football and badminton, is complemented by external coaching. Specialist teaching is available for pupils wanting to learn a musical instrument. The school orchestra and the Year 5 drumming extravaganza are excellent examples of developing pupils' musical talents. The range of visits to places of historical interest such as Canterbury and Hatfield House, is stimulating and well chosen to support and enhance pupils' interest and enjoyment. Pupils also benefit greatly from opportunities such as learning about the exciting world of forensic science as part of the community learning programme. Their skills in information communication technology are well developed and used to enhance learning in other subjects. There is a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy. Opportunity for pupils to apply their basic skills across other subjects are well provided for.
Care, guidance and support
Pupils receive outstanding care, guidance and support. The school's calm and harmonious atmosphere creates a welcoming environment for pupils and visitors. Parents overall are supportive of the school's work and feel their children are safe and well cared for. One very contented parent wrote, 'my child received sympathetic and motivational educational support and care.' Support staff are well deployed to care for pupils with educational, social, and emotional issues. Excellent links are maintained with external services while providing valuable support to teachers and teaching assistants. Pupils speak confidently about being able to trust their teachers who they say, 'always listen and are kind and helpful'. Pupils feel safe and secure as a result of the very effective procedures to safeguard them.
Pupils' progress is carefully monitored. They are given clear targets and guidance in what they have to do to improve. Targets are well supported by good quality marking, especially in English. Guidance for pupils who have learning difficulties or disabilities and those on early stages of learning English, is excellent.
Leadership and management
The headteacher provides strong leadership and a clear sense of direction to the school for its future developments, securely centred on improving standards. He is ably supported by a very enthusiastic deputy and well united staff. The expertise of subject leaders and other individuals is well utilised. They ensure that those with responsibility carry out monitoring that is sufficiently rigorous to provide them with an astute understanding of the quality of provision within the school.
Self-evaluation is good, which means that the school knows what it does well and takes effective action to bring about improvements, for example, the need to accelerate progress in writing has been rightly identified. The leaders are aware that there is more to do to ensure teaching of the best quality in all areas, so that all pupils make the maximum progress. The headteacher enjoys the trust and respect of all members of the school community. One parent wrote, ' the headteacher is always very friendly and willing to help'. Governors understand the school well and provide good support. They ask challenging questions, and give their time generously.
|Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequate||School Overall|
|How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?||2|
|Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspection||Yes|
|How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?||1|
|The capacity to make any necessary improvements||2|
|Achievement and standards|
|How well do learners achieve?||2|
|The standards1 reached by learners||3|
|How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners||2|
|How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress||2|
|1 Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.|
|Personal development and well-being|
|How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?||1|
|The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development||1|
|The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles||1|
|The extent to which learners adopt safe practices||1|
|How well learners enjoy their education||1|
|The attendance of learners||3|
|The behaviour of learners||1|
|The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community||1|
|How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being||2|
|The quality of provision|
|How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?||2|
|How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?||1|
|How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?||1|
|Leadership and management|
|How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?||2|
|How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education||2|
|How effectively leaders and managers use challenging targets to raise standards||2|
|The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation||2|
|How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can||2|
|How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money||2|
|The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities||2|
|Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?||Yes|
|Does this school require special measures?||No|
|Does this school require a notice to improve?||No|
Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
25 January 2008
Inspection of Kenmore Park Middle School,Harrow,HA3 9JA
On behalf of the inspectors I would like to thank you very much for welcoming us to your school. We really enjoyed meeting you, talking to you and looking at all your work. We think your school is good.
Here are the things we like best about your school:
- Your school is welcoming and much liked by parents and pupils.
- You enjoy coming to school and attend regularly.
- You also enjoy the excellent extra-curricular activities your school offers you.
- Your behaviour is excellent.
- You listen carefully to your teachers and you are willing to work hard.
- You learn to work and play well together and to look after yourselves.
- Everyone at school takes excellent care of you, so that you are safe and happy, and your parents are very pleased.
- Your teachers are particularly pleased with your progress this year, and they would like you to do really well in English, especially the writing.
Your headteacher, class teachers, and all of the other staff who help run your school, are keen for you to get the best education. We agree with the targets they have set to make your learning even more enjoyable, and we are confident that you will help the school to meet them.
There are two things that we think would make your school even better:
- We have asked the headteacher, governors and all staff to work harder at improving standards in writing.
- The teachers are going to ensure more challenge for you in all their lessons and enable you to do your best.
Everyone at Kenmore Park Middle can work together to do these things. We hope that you will continue to enjoy all the things you do, which help you to learn and be happy.
With best wishes
© Crown copyright 2008
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