Colindale Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
705
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community school
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(19/6/18)
Full Report - All Reports
71%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Clovelly Avenue
Colindale
London
NW9 6DT
02082058706

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since your appointment in September 2016, you have been proactive in addressing the priorities identified in the last inspection report. The governing board has been restructured. Governors use a range of skills to challenge and support leaders. You are developing a strong and determined leadership team that works closely together. Leaders set high expectations of all pupils and encourage pupils to be ambitious and have high aspirations for themselves. Pupils in the specially resourced provision are taught in mainstream classes in all year groups. Leaders and staff ensure that these pupils enjoy a broad range of subjects and activities. Their needs are met well. You and governors have highlighted the use of pupil premium funding as an area for further development. The strategies that you have deployed, such as focused group work and phonics teaching, are beginning to narrow gaps in progress and attainment for some pupils. However, this is not the case in all year groups. Senior leaders, alongside a developing subject leadership team, are beginning to establish a deep, broad and balanced curriculum which makes links between subjects. As a result, a strengthened curriculum is emerging. You have created opportunities for pupils to take the curriculum outside the classroom, igniting their enthusiasm for learning. For example, pupils are excited to participate in a design and technology project creating animals in collaboration with the neighbouring RAF museum. You and your leaders agreed that more work still needs to be done to deepen and strengthen the curriculum offer to pupils. Safeguarding is effective. All safeguarding policies and procedures are fit for purpose. You have ensured that staff are well trained and receive regular updates on safeguarding through meetings and weekly bulletins. Staff who spoke with inspectors are aware of the immediate actions they should take if they have any concerns about a pupil’s well-being. The designated safeguarding leaders are knowledgeable about the possible risks faced by pupils. Checks on staff are robust, and records related to child protection are detailed and thorough. Leaders work closely with external agencies. When concerns arise, leaders take swift action and make sure that any concerns are followed up thoroughly. Referrals when made are timely and appropriate. Leaders rightly challenge decisions when cases are not followed up quickly enough by external agencies. Pupils have a thorough understanding of different forms of bullying and how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations, including when working online. In the online surveys, pupils, staff, parents and carers were overwhelmingly positive about how well the school keeps pupils safe. Inspection findings At our initial meeting, we agreed three lines of enquiry for this inspection. First, we considered how effectively leaders are held to account for the impact of the pupil premium funding. In 2017, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils who met the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined at the end of key stage 2 was well below that of other pupils nationally. This academic year, governors are working closely with the senior leadership team to check the impact that the pupil premium funding has on narrowing differences between the outcomes of disadvantaged pupils and other pupils. As a result, progress gaps are closing between disadvantaged and other pupils in the early years, and in Years 4, 5 and 6. The progress of disadvantaged pupils is inconsistent in other year groups, particularly in key stage 1 reading. This is because not all phase leaders ensure that pupil premium funding is used effectively throughout the school to support disadvantaged pupils. This is an area for further improvement. The second line of enquiry considered boys’ progress in reading and writing, particularly in key stage 2. In 2017, boys’ progress in writing at the end of key stage 2 was significantly lower than that of the girls. Inspectors looked at pupils’ books and visited classes to observe the teaching of reading and writing. Work in pupils’ books and on display suggests that leaders are having an impact in improving boys’ writing. You have made sure that boys’ interest is captured and boys’ writing shows some high-quality work. For example, in Year 5 boys were enthusiastic about writing biographies about the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and this led to some vibrant, descriptive writing. You and senior leaders have developed a guided reading strategy for use throughout the school. Typically, this is having a positive effect on the depth of pupils’ reading. For example, in Years 5 and 6, teachers skilfully promote pupils’ thinking. Pupils are keen to discuss their views and extend their vocabulary. Year 3 and Year 4 pupils read with fluency and expression. However, some pupils do not securely understand what they read. This is particularly the case with boys. When pupils are not appropriately guided by the teacher, they choose texts which are either too challenging or not demanding enough. Teachers do not routinely check the books that pupils choose to read in order to help pupils to improve their reading. The third key line of enquiry explored the breadth and depth of the curriculum and how effectively the curriculum supports pupils’ learning. You told me that this is a strength of the school because you believed it offered pupils depth, breadth and balance. Inspectors visited classrooms, looked at pupils’ work and talked to pupils to ascertain if this was the case. Around the school, displays of pupils’ work across curriculum subjects are of high quality. For example, in Year 3, pupils’ artwork demonstrates good progression from simple paper tearing techniques to intricate collage work. The wider curriculum is particularly strong in the early years and key stage 1. For instance, a project about the seaside provided pupils with opportunities to develop their skills across a range of subjects, including art and writing. Next steps for the school Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: disadvantaged pupils make consistently good progress, including in key stage 1 and Year 3 all pupils, especially boys, are appropriately challenged by their reading texts.

Colindale Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 62% Agree 27% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 2% Don't Know 2% {"strongly_agree"=>62, "agree"=>27, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>2, "dont_know"=>2} Figures based on 45 responses up to 06-03-2019
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