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St Mary's C of E Primary School
Address: Lordship Road, N16 0JT
Headteacher: Jane O’Brien
About: This school has around 219 children aged 3-11 and welcomes pupils from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of children who speak English as a second language is above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is well below average. The school runs a daily breakfast club.
Ofsted: Last inspected in October 2017. Overall effectiveness: Good
Inspectors said the school had :"worked hard to create a school community where everyone is nurtured." In a letter to the Head they wrote: "Together with the pupils, you have established clear values that run through the work of the school. The school’s values of love, hope, courage, respect and truth are understood well by pupils."
The report added: "Teachers routinely build on pupils’ prior learning in mathematics, which results in strong progress. Well-established routines are used to check understanding and offer regular opportunities to deepen pupils’ understanding through problem solving activities."
Visit the school website here: www.st-marys.hackney.sch.uk/ or call 020 8800 2645
William Patten Primary School
Address: Stoke Newington Church Street
Headteacher: Karen Law
About: This primary school is larger than average, educating 465 children aged 3-11. There are two classes in each year group from Reception to Year 6. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic heritages is well above the national average, as is the proportion for whom English is an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported by school action is below average.
Ofsted: Last inspected in December 2012. Overall effectiveness: Outstanding
Inspectors highlighted the 'exceptionally skilled' leadership team and excellent teaching. They said: "Pupils are interested and motivated to learn and they make excellent progress.
"All teachers have high expectations of pupils. Their first-rate marking of work and constructive guidance in lessons guide pupils' next steps in learning.
"Teachers use technology such as interactive whiteboards and computers creatively and effectively to motivate pupils.
"The school's very caring environment underpins the successful promotion of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
"Pupils' behaviour is excellent. They are polite and show great respect for all members of the school community. Pupils say thay they feel safe and very well cared for."
Read the full report here: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/130932
Visit the school website: www.williampatten.hackney.sch.uk/ or call 0207 254 4014
Grazebrook Primary School
Address: Lordship Road, N16 0QP
Executive Headteacher: Michelle Thomas
About: This is a larger than average primary school, with 448 children aged 3-11. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those for whom English is an additional language is well above average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is smaller than average. The proportion of children known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. The school has numerous accreditations including: Primary Science Silver Quality Mark, Sing Up Silver and the Rights Respecting School award. It runs a daily breakfast club and after-school club. The school is federated with another local school - Shacklewell Primary School.
Ofsted: Last inspected in February 2012. Overall effectiveness: Outstanding.
Inspectors concluded that since their last inspection there has been "rapid and sustained improvements in all aspects of the school's work." They added: "In this inclusive and caring learning environment, all pupils are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education. Because the school promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well, pupils grow in self-confidence and achieve extremely well."
"Teaching is outstanding...
"High quality academic support is provided for disabled pupils and those with special educational needs.
"Exemplary leadership at all levels drives a relentless focus on improving all aspects of the school's work, including performance on the staff team.
"Pupils feel verty safe, behave well and develop very positive attitudes towards learning."
Read the full report here: www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/100258
Visit the school website: http://grazebrook.hackney.sch.uk/ or call 0208 802 4051
Betty Layward Primary School
Address: Clissold Road, N169EX
Headteacher: Jessica Bailey
About: This larger than average primary school has around 456 children aged three to 11. The school runs exchange programmes with neighbouring private nurseries and a secondary school to ensure a smooth transition for pupils.
Ofsted: Inspected in May 2018. Overall effectiveness "Good"
In a letter to the Head, inspectors wrote: "The school is a caring environment where pupils’ well-being is a priority and everyone is valued. As a result, pupils are courteous and polite and behave very well. They welcome visitors warmly and are keen to talk about the school. Pupils are proud of their school. They are caring and are quick to support each other if there is a difficulty. As one pupil put it, ‘I love this school because we are all one big happy family.’ The overwhelming majority of parents agree, with one parent saying, ‘The school is an incredibly positive, warm and fun educational environment.’
"Pupils work hard in lessons and are keen to learn. They have a good understanding of the expectations of their teachers and respond enthusiastically. They enjoy their learning, and work well together. Their strong personal development contributes well to the progress they make across the curriculum."
Visit the school's website: www.bettylayward.hackney.sch.uk/ or call 020 7249 7111
Grasmere Primary School
Address: 92 Albion Road, N16 9PD
Headteacher: Nick Mallender
About: The school has around 236 pupils aged 3-11. Nearly three times more pupils than the UK average speak English as an additional language.
Ofsted: Last inspection carried out in December 2016. Overall effectiveness: good.
Inspectors said: "Behaviour is a strength of the school. The pupils are friendly and come to school with smiles and a cheery hello to their teachers. They are confident in their knowledge of online safety. They understand the different types of bullying and have excellent attitudes to their learning. Consequently, relationships between the pupils and staff are strong across the school."
They added: "The teaching of reading is a strength across the school. Phonics results show that the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard by the end of Year 1 is above national average. Pupils develop their reading skills well as they move up the school. They actively choose challenging books to read and enjoy using the well-stocked library. The numbers of pupils meeting or exceeding national expectation is above average by the end of Year 6.
"Mathematics teaching is improving and the school’s current assessment information shows that more pupils are able to work at greater depth. This is because of the high level of challenge given to pupils across the ability ranges.
"The school has an extended sports guarantee for all pupils. It draws on quality coaching and local facilities to enhance pupils’ experience. Good use of the sports premium has seen the school’s success in a number of national competitions in a range of sporting activities."
Visit the school's website: www.schoolswire.org/public/grasmere008.html or call 020 7254 4564
Princess May Primary School
Address: Princess May Road, N168DF
Headteacher: Stephen Spooner
About: This larger than average primary school has around 450 children aged 3-11. Mosr are from minority ethnic groups and the proportion who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of children who join or leave throughout the year is also above average. The school also offers a breakfast club and has a play centre on site which is used outside of school hours by this and other local schools.
Ofsted: Inspected in October 2017, Overall effectiveness "Good"
Inspectors said: "In key stage 1, disadvantaged pupils make good progress. They regularly engage in opportunities to practise and consolidate their mathematical skills. Lessons and activities are planned systematically, enabling pupils to show the progress they are making. Teaching considers the standards they need to reach by the end of each unit of work.
"In key stage 2, disadvantaged pupils’ engagement in their mathematics lessons is high. They respond actively to class teachers’ effective questioning. They know they have mastered a maths skill because they are able to answer number problems presented in a variety of ways.
"Pupils, including the most able and the most able disadvantaged, benefit from a wide range of pre-writing activities planned for them. These include learning new words, retelling or acting out stories orally, or looking at punctuation. Teachers ensure that pupils have the skills they need to be able to write successfully. They thrive in extended writing opportunities, and show ability to produce high-quality pieces."
Read the full report here: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/2732199
Visit the school's website: www.princessmay.hackney.sch.uk/
Benthal Primary School
Address: Benthal Road, N16 7AU
Headteacher: Sandra Delapenha-Chin
About: A larger than average primary school with 450 pupils. The school has a higher than average proportion of disabled children and children with special educational needs. A much higer proportion of pupils than usually found are from minority ethnic groups.
Ofsted: Last inspection carried out in September 2016. Overall effectiveness: Good.
The report states: "A wide range of good writing opportunities are available across the curriculum. Progress in writing is visible in pupils’ books across year groups; pupils benefit from editing their work and responding to teachers’ marking.
"Key stage 1 pupils are being taught to use a wide range of strategies to support their reading. Phonics is taught well.
"The more rigorous and robust reading programme across key stage 2 is extending reading opportunities for pupils.
"Adults listen to pupils read more frequently through guided sessions. The teaching of reading has a clearer focus on inference and deduction to support comprehension skills.
"New programmes have also been introduced to focus on the learning needs of less confident readers. This is beginning to show strong improvement."
Read the full report here: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/2604637
Visit the school website here: http://benthal.cloudaccess.net/
Simon Marks Jewish Primary School
Address: Cazenove Road, N16 6PD
Headteacher: Mrs Gill Ross
About: This is a smaller than average primary school with around 198 pupils. It includes Early Years Provision wiht one Nursery and one Reception class. The majority of pupils speak English as an addional language and a minority are at an early stage of learning English. A greater proportion of children than average join and leave the school partway through their education. The school operates a breakfast club."
Ofsted: Last inspected June 2017 Overall effectiveness: Good.
The report states: "The teaching of reading is particularly effective because teachers have sound subject knowledge in this area. However, pupils are not encouraged to use their strong reading skills to help them with their spelling.
"Safeguarding is effective. Pupils say that they feel safe in school and parents echo this.
"A particular strength is the promotion of fundamental British values across the school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is also promoted extremely well.
"Relationships between pupils and staff and among pupils are positive. Pupils show respect and good manners."
Visit the school's website: www.simonmarks.hackney.sch.uk/
Jubilee Primary School
Address: Filey Avenue, N16 6NR
Headteacher: Mrs J Bruton Simmonds
About: Three fifths of children at this larger than average primary school speak English as a second language. 31 diferent languages are spoken and a fifth are at an early stage of learning English. A higher number of pupils than average have special educational needs. The school has a visually impaired unit. The school has achieved several local and national awards. This is a popular and over-subscribed school.
Ofsted: Last inspected in Janurary 2011. Overall effectiveness: Outstanding
The original report states: Pupils make excellent progress in reaching average and sometimes above average standards by Year 6.
"A parent sums it up: 'This is a vibrant school with an up-beat feeling'.
"Teaching is at least good in all major respects and often outstanding. Staff dedication and imagination in planning work is exemplary and reflected in pupils' excellent attitudes to work, behaviour and their outstanding progress. The very good use of visits to museums and the use of visitors, such as business people and service personnel, help to widen pupils' horizons and depth of knowledge. Teachers clearly make learning fun."
The report also stated that pupils participate eagerly in lessons and demonstrate an awareness of safe and healthy living as well as an awareness of eco issues.
It added: "The pupils' voice is truly heard. Pupils accompany staff when they monitor the teaching and learning environment and give their views. All pupils have an opportunity to improve the school through class suggestion boxes."
Read the interim report here: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/1560057
Visit the school's website: www.jubilee.hackney.sch.uk/
Newington Green Primary School
Address: Matthias Road, N168NP
Headteacher: Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy
About: This larger than average primary school has around 401 pupils. Two-thirds speak English as an additional language. More pupils than in other primary schools join or leave other than at the usual points of entry, often staying for very short periods of time because of re-housing. The School has recently received the 'Sing-up Silver' and 'Junior Citizens' awards. A Children's Centre on site runs clubs at breakfast and after school.
Ofsted: Last inspected April 2017. Overall effectiveness: Good.
In a letter to the Head, inspectors wrote: "Your work is highly valued by all and the school is an important part of the local community. Parents are very positive about all aspects of the school, and appreciate the support and care that they and their children receive. One parent said: ’My child is motivated to achieve as well as be a member of his community and give something back.’ You are committed to ensuring that every pupil, whatever their need, ability or background, achieves well and is given every opportunity to be successful. Pupils speak proudly of their school and are clearly happy to be there. Governors recognise the improvements you have made to the school and have worked with you to maintain the school’s overall effectiveness."
The report states: "The early years team know the children well and have accurately identified their individual needs. Teacher assessments are secure and indicate that children enter the early years with very low starting points. Additional funding for disadvantaged pupils has been used effectively to provide personalised support, such as extra phonics teaching, and opportunities to attend school trips. Currently, the majority of disadvantaged pupils are developing in line with age-related expectations.
"Leaders are also determined to promote an enjoyment and love of reading through, for example, rewards for pupils who complete the book challenge, more lessons in the school library and the new ‘reading garden’ for pupils to use."
Read the full report here: http://newingtongreen.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/29th-March-2017-OFSTED-report.pdf
Visit the school's website: www.newingtongreen.co.uk/
Sir Thomas Abney School
Address: Fairholt Road, N165ED
Headteacher: Geraldine Fitzmaurice
About: With 404 pupils, this is a larger than average school. A much higher proportion of pupils than average speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than is found nationally and more than usual have statements of special educational needs. Their difficulties are mostly in the behavioral, emotional and social spectrum or in speech, language and communication, for which the school is a designated Resource School. The school has achieved several awards for its provision including Basic Skills Quality Mark and Eco Schools Silver Award.
"Extended services are provided that provide before and after school activities.
Ofsted: Last inspection carried out in July 2019. Overall effectiveness: Good.
The report states: "The school has a calm and purposeful atmosphere and the pupils are unfailingly polite and well mannered. They show respect to adults and each other and are keen to learn. They participate fully in lessons. They listen and converse in a mature and thoughtful way. Pupils believe that they are challenged to do their best every day and they understand the value of resilience. They enjoy sports and music. Music is a strength of the school. Many pupils have learned an instrument for free and some have won prizes and awards in local competitions.
"Leaders identify and track pupils’ progress in reading carefully and are quick to put in place targeted interventions for those who are at risk of falling behind. Leaders have carefully selected texts that will give pupils a wide range of challenging, high-quality reading experiences. These books have increased engagement with reading and improved outcomes.
"When pupils talk about the different aspects of books and texts, they are beginning to do so with more complex vocabulary.
"The writing seen in pupils’ books shows that disadvantaged pupils are making good progress from their starting points and working, in many cases, in line with their peers. This is as a result of high-quality training in writing for staff. The training has been followed up by regular coaching sessions for teachers and additional input in some year groups."
Read the full report here: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50093859
Visit the school's website: www.sirthomasabney.hackney.sch.uk/
St Matthias C of E Primary School
Address: Wordsworth Road, N16 8DD
Headteacher: Orlene Badu,
About: Around 243 children attend this average-sized school, a third speak English as an additional language although few are at an eary stage of learning English. More pupils than in most other primary schools join or leave partway through their education here. The school is a member of the Primary Advantage Federation of local schools and welcomed a new headteacher in Easter 2013. It has a highter than average of pupils with a statement of special educational needs.
Ofsted: Last inspected March 2018. Overall effectiveness: Good.
The report states: "Pupils enjoy being in their school. Their behaviour is very good. They are polite, kind and very respectful to each other. Pupils really enjoy playing imaginatively together in the well-developed outdoor areas. In lessons, they concentrate well and are very keen to find things out for themselves. One pupil commented: ‘We are all different at this school, but we are treated the same, with love and respect.’
"You have raised the profile of reading across the school by reshaping and reinforcing common strategies to develop pupils’ reading skills. Training and development for staff have enabled them to deliver reading strategies with greater expertise. Those at risk of falling behind are targeted for additional support, and appropriate material is used to stimulate their interest in reading.
"This was further evidenced when I listened to readers in Years 2 and 6. Pupils successfully acquire a range of age-related skills, which they apply to their reading. An example of this was that children in Year 2 were able to apply their phonics knowledge to sound out difficult words. As a result, pupils’ performance in reading is improving.
"Disadvantaged children are catching up quickly. This is because they receive a range of support that is designed to meet their individual learning needs. There are good links with parents. Staff ensure that parents are well informed and engaged in their children’s learning, for example through contributing to the records of their children’s achievement."
Read the full report here: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/2767997
Visit the school website here: www.st-matthias.hackney.sch.uk/
Tyssen Community Primary School
Address: Oldhill Street, N16 6QA
Headteacher: Jacquline Benjamin
About: With 452 pupils, this is a larger than average primary school. A large proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average, their needs being mainly moderate and specific learning difficulties. The school has on-site provison for 10 pupils who have autistic spectrum disorders. A children's centre on site caters for 52 children from birth to 5 years.
Ofsted: Last inspected February 2018. Overall effectiveness: Good.
In a letter to the Head, officers wrote: "You have created a positive ethos in the school and, as a result, pupils enjoy attending and are keen to do their best. Pupils are polite and respectful and the older pupils enjoy the responsibility of supporting the younger pupils in the school. You and your staff team are proud of the developing parent association. Parents who made comments on the Ofsted online questionnaire were particularly positive about pupil behaviour, the happy staff team, inclusion, and strong teaching and learning. One parent said, ‘we feel that the teachers and staff work to build a sense of pride and unity’; another parent said, ‘we couldn’t have chosen a better school’."
The report described a: "strong reading culture in the school."It added: "A new approach to the teaching of reading is supporting pupils to develop a range of reading skills and pupils say that they are well challenged. You and your leaders monitor the progress of all pupils regularly and provide effective additional support to any pupils who are falling behind.
Visit the school's website: www.tyssen.hackney.sch.uk/
Address: Northwold Road, E5 8RN
Headteacher: Alison Kriel
About (according to Ofsted): This larger than average primary school has around 447 pupils. Early Years Foundations Stage children are taught in two Nursery classes and two Reception classes. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and the proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and the proportion of children eligible for a free school meal is above average. Most children speak English as an additional language, many are at an early stage of learning English. A higher than average proportion start or leave the school part way through the year. The school's before and after school club has achieved nationally recognised awards.
Ofsted: Last inspected: June 2017. Overall effectiveness: Good.
The report states: "The headteacher provides strong leadership. She has the utmost respect of governors, staff, parents and pupils.
"School leaders and governors have created a clear vision for the school. The well-being and well-rounded development of pupils is at the heart of everything that they do.
"The school is a warm and welcoming environment in which pupils flourish. Pupils from all backgrounds, faiths and cultures work together harmoniously. They are confident and aspirational for their futures.
"Consistently good teaching means that pupils in most year groups, including disadvantaged pupils and the most able, make at least good progress in a range of subjects.
"Teachers set challenging activities and use creative resources to engage pupils’ interests. They have high expectations of pupils’ work and behaviour. Teachers are still developing consistently high-quality writing from pupils across subjects."
Address: 1 Branch Place, N1 5PH
Headteacher: Rob Dell
Rosemary Works is an Independent Private Preparatory School and preschool Nursery in North London, on the Islington and Hackney border. They accept children from the age of 3 to 11 years old and are open from 8am to 6pm 49 weeks per year, Term-time education is supplemented with out of school clubs and a holiday playscheme.They are a private, fee-paying school – non-selective at entry.
Independent Schools Inspectorate: Last inspected December 2018. Inspectors said: the school meets the standards."
The report concluded: "The leadership and management have sufficient knowledge to fulfil their responsibilities effectively so that all of the Independent School Standards are consistently metn and the well-being of the pupils is actively promoted."
Read the full report here: https://www.isi.net/school/rosemary-works-school-8833
Visit the school's website: https://rosemaryworks.com/