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Southwood Primary School

Southwood Primary School
Keppel Road

phone: 020 82704915

headteacher: Mr Scott Halliwell

reveal email: mpe…

school holidays: via Barking and Dagenham council

543 pupils aged 3—10y mixed gender
630 pupils capacity: 86% full

270 boys 50%


270 girls 50%


Last updated: Sept. 19, 2014

Primary — Community School

Education phase
Establishment type
Community School
Establishment #
Open date
Nov. 25, 1998
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 548106, Northing: 185779
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.551, Longitude: 0.13476
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 26, 2013
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Barking › Parsloes
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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23 April 2014

Miss Margaret Pease
Southwood Primary School
Keppel Road
Dear Miss Pease

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to Southwood Primary

Following my visit to your school on 23 April 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
The visit was the second monitoring inspection since the school was judged to
require improvement following the section 5 inspection in June 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:

 ensure teachers, leaders and governors are checking that the additional

support provided for more vulnerable pupils, including those with special
educational needs, those eligible for the pupil premium funding and those
who join the school after the start of the year, is helping them make
better progress

 quickly embed new leadership and governance teams so that the pace of

recent improvements is maintained and standards continue to rise.

1-4 Portland Square
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During the visit, meetings were held with you, other senior and middle leaders, the
Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body and a representative of the local
authority to discuss the actions taken since the last inspection. The school action
plan was reviewed, along with other documents demonstrating the impact of recent
improvements. We visited all classes during a tour of the school.


You have decided to retire at the end of this term and a new headteacher will be
appointed for next year. An additional assistant headteacher joined the senior
leadership team in April 2014 and leadership roles and responsibilities have been
reviewed. Three teachers have left the school since my last visit and three new
teachers have been appointed. The governing body has been strengthened by the
appointment of additional experienced governors. All governor vacancies have now
been filled and a new Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body have been elected.

Main findings

Since my last monitoring visit you have rewritten your action plan. Timescales are
realistic and milestones to check how quickly improvements are happening have
been included. Actions are being monitored closely and the impact on pupils’
achievement is regularly measured. This is helping you to plan for extra
interventions if pupils are making less progress than they should. For example, you
have identified that some pupils in Year 4 are in danger of not achieving their
targets for English. You have therefore changed how they are taught so they receive
additional support in lessons. Leaders and governors are monitoring this intervention
carefully to make sure it is making a difference to pupils’ progress.
Your tracking shows that more pupils are making improved rates of progress.
Standards in writing are rising overall as a result of additional staff training and more
opportunities for pupils to write for longer periods. Closer monitoring is leading to
improved standards of teaching across the school and teachers are held to account
for the progress their pupils make. However, the additional support provided to
more vulnerable groups and individuals, has yet to be fully evaluated. This is
because monitoring systems to check they are making good progress have still to be
Together with other leaders and governors you are now taking swift and decisive
action to improve the school. Leaders are increasingly aware of the schools’
strengths and areas for development. However, recent and pending changes to
senior and middle leadership teams and the governing body mean new monitoring,
coaching and mentoring roles have still to be fully implemented and the impact of
the changes evaluated.
Parental engagement with the school has improved. Senior staff are ensuring that
they are available to speak to parents at the start and end of the school day. Your
recent survey shows that parents have appreciated this and feel that the school has
improved how it communicates with them.
An external review of governance has now been completed and governors have
acted quickly to implement the recommendations. They are generous with their time
and support, making over 100 visits to the school in the spring term. As a result,
governors are offering improved levels of challenge to school leaders because they
have a better understanding of the school. Governing body minutes record the
searching questions they are asking about pupil progress and how you are improving
the quality of teaching.
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 benefitted from support using a number of external sources. All staff
participated in a six week training programme provided by the Tollgate Teaching
Alliance. Teachers and leaders are provided with opportunities to visit other schools
to observe examples of outstanding practice. As a result, they reflect on their own
teaching strategies and identify where further improvements can be made. A
number of external consultants are working with you to improve the quality of
teaching and raise standards in reading, writing and mathematics. You consider that
their support has been effective because more pupils are now making good progress
in these subjects. The local authority has supported you to recruit and train new
governors and is providing advisory teachers to help you make improvements in the
areas identified within the inspection report.
I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body and the Director of

Children’s Services for Barking and Dagenham.

Yours sincerely
Lesley Cox

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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