St Robert Southwell RC Primary School
phone: 020 82046148
headteacher: Miss Honor Beck
315 pupils capacity: 135% full
220 boys 52%
205 girls 48%
Last updated: June 18, 2014
Primary — Voluntary Aided School
- Education phase
- Religious character
- Roman Catholic
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Aided School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 520098, Northing: 188410
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 51.582, Longitude: -0.26808
- Accepting pupils
- 3—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- Jan. 22, 2013
- Archdiocese of Westminster
- Region › Const. › Ward
- London › Brent North › Fryent
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Free school meals %
- 0.1 miles Kingsbury Green Primary School NW99ND (675 pupils)
- 0.2 miles Bnos Beis Yaakov Primary School NW98XR (65 pupils)
- 0.3 miles Church Lane Pupil Referral Unit NW98BD
- 0.4 miles Fryent Primary School NW98JD (584 pupils)
- 0.4 miles Fryent Junior School NW98JD
- 0.4 miles Fryent Infant School NW98JD
- 0.4 miles Southover Partnership School NW99HA (22 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Oliver Goldsmith Primary School NW90BD (461 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Oliver Goldsmith Junior School NW90BD
- 0.5 miles Oliver Goldsmith Infant School NW90BD
- 0.6 miles Roe Green Junior School NW99JL (477 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Roe Green Infant School NW99JL (439 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Sinai Jewish Primary School HA39UD (670 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Kingsbury High School NW99JR
- 0.6 miles Grove Park School NW90JY
- 0.6 miles The Village School NW90JY (234 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Stag Lane Pupil Referral Unit at Library Buildings NW99AG (19 pupils)
- 0.6 miles JFS HA39TE (2055 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Kingsbury High School NW99JR (1967 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Kingsbury Day School NW90JY
- 0.8 miles Beis Yaakov Primary School NW96NQ
- 0.8 miles Beis Yaakov Primary School NW96NQ
- 0.8 miles The Pardes House and Beis Yaakov Primary School NW96NQ
- 0.8 miles Beis Yaakov Primary School NW96NQ (525 pupils)
St Robert Southwell RC
Slough Lane, Kingsbury, London, NW9 8YD
|Inspection dates||22–23 January 2013|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Good||2|
|Achievement of pupils||Good||2|
|Quality of teaching||Good||2|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Good||2|
|Leadership and management||Good||2|
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because
| Standards have risen steadily in recent years |
Pupils make good progress in all year groups,
Teaching is good. As a result, pupils make
The school is led strongly by the headteacher
The governing body is very keen for the
Pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils are proud of
and are now above the national average.
especially in English and mathematics.
consistently good progress in lessons.
and her senior team. They have a clear idea
of what they need to do to improve the
school. They check carefully to make sure
that pupils are making good progress.
school to do well, and offers good support to
school leaders as well as asking them
their school, work hard and enjoy learning.
Their attendance is above average.
| The school is very welcoming and friendly. All |
The support for disabled pupils and those who
The increasing numbers of pupils who speak
School leaders have a good relationship with
groups of pupils feel valued, safe and fully
included in the life of the school. Pupils from
different backgrounds get on well together.
have special educational needs is very well
managed. This means these pupils make good
English as an additional language are taught
well. They quickly learn English, and do well.
parents and carers, who strongly support the
school and its leaders.
| The writing standards of more-able pupils are |
not as high as standards in other areas of
| Subject leaders check the quality of teaching |
and pupils’ progress in English and
mathematics, but leaders of other subjects do
not do this so well.
Information about this inspection
- Inspectors observed 23 part lessons, six of which were jointly observed with school leaders.
Inspectors also made a number of shorter visits to observe other aspects of the work of the
- Meetings were held with members of staff including senior leaders, subject leaders and other
teachers with positions of responsibility. Inspectors held meetings with three groups of pupils,
and spoke informally to a number of pupils at break and lunchtime. The lead inspector met with
a representative of the local authority and with a group of members of the governing body.
- Inspectors took account of the 61 responses to Ofsted’s online Parent View questionnaire, and
looked at the results of a larger survey of the views of parents and carers that the school carried
out recently. They also spoke to a number of parents and carers in person. Inspectors
considered the 41 completed staff questionnaires they received in making their judgements.
- Inspectors looked at pupils’ books and at teachers’ planning. They also looked at school
documents including information of pupils’ current progress, plans for improving the school,
records on pupils’ behaviour and attendance, and at how the school keeps children safe.
|Mike Phipps, Lead inspector||Additional inspector|
|Ramesh Kapadia||Additional inspector|
|Noureddin Khassal||Additional inspector|
|Patricia Underwood||Additional inspector|
Information about this school
- St Robert Southwell RC Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. It has
Early Years Foundation Stage classes for Nursery and Reception-aged children.
- The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is considerably higher than is found
nationally. The largest group is pupils of Irish heritage, with smaller numbers from a range of
other minority ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional
language is higher than national figures.
- The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides
additional funding for children in local authority care, pupils known to be eligible for free school
meals or with a parent in the armed forces, is below average.
- The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are
supported through school action is slightly below average. The proportion supported at school
action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average.
- The school does not make use of any off-site alternative provision for its pupils.
- The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club.
- The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations
for pupils’ attainment and progress.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
- Raise further the quality of pupils’ writing, especially that of more-able pupils, by:
providing more chances for pupils to practise their writing in different subjects
allowing more time in lessons for pupils to write at length
planning demanding work which extends the writing of more-able pupils, and which
encourages them to work with less help from the teacher.
- Develop the role of subject leaders, in line with those of literacy and numeracy, so they have a
greater impact on the quality of teaching in their area, by:
systematically planning how to improve the quality of teaching in their subject
checking the quality of planning, teaching and marking in their subject
working with other subject leaders to plan work which makes links between different subjects.
|The achievement of pupils||is good|
- Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills below those expected for their age,
particularly in language. They make good progress, so that by the time they enter Key Stage 1
they have almost caught up, and their skills are broadly average.
- Pupils make good progress in Key Stages 1 and 2, particularly in English and mathematics.
Standards have risen in recent years. By the end of Key Stage 2, they are above average in
English and significantly above average in mathematics. However, fewer pupils reach the higher
levels in writing than in reading and mathematics. This is because pupils do not always have the
chance to write at length in different subjects, or to plan and complete a writing task on their
own without adult support.
- Average point scores show that pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals attain
more highly than all pupils nationally. This is because the school has spent extra funds well for
pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium on one-to-one tuition in mathematics, extra
teaching of basic skills and assisted places at the breakfast club.
- Pupils develop their literacy and numeracy skills well, and apply these skills across different
subjects. However, pupils do not always write enough at length in different subjects.
- Reading standards are good. Younger pupils have a good understanding of the sounds that
letters make, so they are able to work out words they are unsure of. Pupils enjoy doing lots of
reading, and most read confidently by Year 2. Older pupils talk with enthusiasm about their
favourite books and authors.
- Support for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is managed very
effectively by the school’s Inclusion Manager, who carefully checks the progress of these pupils
and organises high quality extra help for them. As a result, these pupils make good progress.
- The increasing numbers of pupils who speak English as an additional language and those from
minority ethnic groups achieve well. Most pupils who speak English as an additional language
quickly learn English, and achieve more highly than similar pupils nationally.
|The quality of teaching||is good|
- Pupils make good progress in all year groups because teachers aim high, relationships between
teachers and pupils are friendly, and pupils are encouraged to do their best.
- Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are well supported. The adults
who support them work very effectively with class teachers to make sure that these pupils make
- Pupils who speak English as an additional language are well taught and get the extra help they
need. The school employs staff who speak Polish, Tamil and other languages who give these
pupils valuable support.
- In the many lessons where teaching is good, work is set at the right level for pupils. For
example, in a good Year 5 mathematics lesson on division, pupils with different abilities were
given tasks at different levels of difficulty, so all pupils made good progress.
- At times, more-able pupils are given writing tasks that are too easy for them. For example, in a
Year 4 religious education lesson, all pupils were observed working on the same task, which
provided little challenge in writing for the more-able pupils in the group.
- Good questioning makes pupils think hard. In a Year 1 science lesson on different materials, for
example, the teacher’s effective questions stretched pupils and allowed her to check their
understanding, so they made good progress.
- Most teachers mark pupils’ work very well, particularly in English and mathematics. Pupils are
clear on how to improve their work. Pupils act on this advice, assess their own and classmates’
work, and write comments to the teacher. Occasionally, this good practice is not consistent
across all classes and subjects.
- Pupils’ progress is carefully checked by school leaders, and extra help is given when needed.
Sessions which the school runs before school successfully support the learning of groups of
pupils who may not otherwise do so well.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||are good|
- Pupils are friendly, considerate and confident. They are proud of their school, work hard and
- The school is a welcoming and friendly place. Pupils told inspectors that children from many
different backgrounds all get on well together. School leaders have successfully created an
atmosphere in which all groups of pupils are included in the life of the school and feel valued.
One parent spoke for many in describing the school as a “family community”.
- Pupils are keen to learn and want to do well. They work well in lessons without help from the
teacher, and concentrate for long periods of time when they are given the opportunity to do so.
Behaviour around school is good, and pupils treat adults and each other with respect.
- Pupils say they feel safe at school. They know how to keep themselves safe, and have a good
understanding of e-safety. Parents and carers are confident that their children will be kept safe.
- Pupils know about different types of bullying, like cyber-bullying. They say bullying is rare, but
their teachers deal with it quickly and effectively.
- The school’s behaviour code is well known by pupils, and is rarely broken. Poor behaviour and
racist incidents are very rare. Pupil exclusion from school is almost unknown.
- The school’s breakfast club is well run, and provides good care, so pupils enjoy a calm and
purposeful start to their school day.
- The school has taken action to improve pupils’ attendance, which is rising and is now above
- The behaviour and safety of pupils is not outstanding because a small number of pupils
sometimes interrupt the learning of others, and some pupils lose concentration in lessons where
teaching is not good.
|The leadership and management||are good|
- The school is well led by the headteacher and her senior team. They have a clear idea of how to
improve the school. School leaders check to make sure their plans for improvement are working.
They enjoy the support of staff, who say the school is improving strongly.
- Senior leaders regularly check the quality of teaching. Targets set for teachers concentrate on
raising pupils’ achievement, and are well linked to training and to their salary progression.
- The quality of teaching in English and mathematics is regularly checked by the school’s literacy
and numeracy leaders, who act effectively to raise standards in their areas of responsibility. The
role of leaders of other subjects is not so well developed, so they have less impact on raising
standards. For example, they have fewer chances to check on the quality of planning, teaching
and marking in their subjects or to work with other subject leaders. This means they cannot
easily devise improvement plans or directly help teachers to improve teaching in these areas.
- Pupils’ learning in their subjects is planned well. Pupils enjoy interesting lessons and experiences
in which to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. However, pupils do not write enough in
different subjects. Pupils’ learning is enhanced by residential visits, sports, artistic opportunities,
clubs and activities. Themed weeks develop pupils’ basic skills in an enjoyable way.
- The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. Pupils have a
clear sense of right and wrong, and show concern for others, for example through fundraising.
Pupils visit their local Catholic church for Mass, and visit places of worship from other faiths.
Inspectors saw a Year 6 pupil leading a class prayer in her home language, Russian, which was
observed respectfully by other pupils.
- The school’s arrangements to keep pupils safe fully meet legal requirements.
- School leaders carefully ‘buy in’ good-quality support from the local authority and other sources.
They use these external reviews to confirm their accurate view of the school’s strengths, and the
areas to improve.
- School leaders promote equal opportunities and tackle discrimination well. They check pupils’
results to make sure all groups achieve equally well. The school is proud of the range of cultures
and backgrounds from which its pupils come, and celebrates the contribution each group makes
to the life of the school.
- The school’s plans for improvement concentrate on the right areas. The substantial rise in
standards, and improvements since the last inspection, including in the quality of teaching, show
that school leaders have the capacity to make further improvements.
- School leaders have built a strong relationship with parents and carers. A ‘Parents’ Forum’ meets
regularly, which helps communications between home and school. As a result, parents and
carers are firmly supportive of the school and its leaders.
- The governance of the school:
The governing body is very ambitious for the school and offers effective support to school
leaders as well as holding them to account. Governors take a close interest in the work of the
school, and are very well informed about its strengths and weaknesses. They have an
accurate idea of the quality of teaching, and understand how the school makes decisions
about targets for teachers to improve their performance and about teachers’ salary
progression. They use pupil information well to identify areas that need improving in the
performance of the school, comparing it with pupils and schools nationally. Governors help
senior leaders to draw up plans to improve the school, and they check that these plans are
working. Governors make sure that the school’s finances are used well, and that the school
uses funding from the pupil premium to close any gaps in pupils’ achievement. Governors
carry out their statutory duties well, and make sure they meet all legal requirements about
keeping children safe. The governing body makes sure that it accesses training to keep itself
up to date and to hone its skills.
What inspection judgements mean
|Grade 1||Outstanding||An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes |
that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures
that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
|Grade 2||Good||A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well |
for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage
of their education, training or employment.
|Grade 3||Requires |
|A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it |
is not inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within
24 months from the date of this inspection.
|Grade 4||Inadequate||A school that requires special measures is one where the school is |
failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and
the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not
demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary
improvement in the school. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and
requires significant improvement but leadership and management
are judged to be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.
|Unique reference number||101543|
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
|Type of school||Primary|
|School category||Voluntary aided|
|Age range of pupils||3–11|
|Gender of pupils||Mixed|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||406|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||25–26 January 2010|
|Telephone number||020 8204 6148|
|Fax number||020 8905 0287|
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