SEF Extract

SEF: context and judgements: March 2014


  • Significant changes since the last inspection
  • Lansdowne Primary Academy was a new school established on 1.4.12. This SEF covers progress from opening to date.
  • At the time of conversion the school was notice to improve. In January 2013 the school was removed from the OFSTED category of notice to improve and deemed category 3 requires improvement.
  • An HMI visit followed in May 2013 which was judged as making good progress on all key issues. At a telephone update with HMI in September 2013 the school was informed that it was ragging green in readiness for its next OFSTED visit. It was agreed that the school would remain on the standard OFSTED cycle rather than have an early inspection
  • With effect from September 2013 the senior leadership in the school was reorganised. Richard Epps, the substantive Principal was redesignated as Executive Principal with responsibilities across the Learning Community for 2 days a week. Monique Anderson, the Vice Principal was promoted to Principal Designate. Natalie Cummings, an experienced Vice Principal from Bromley, has now taken up the  Vice Principal role at the Academy

Main characteristics

The following are correct as of March 2014:

Number of pupils on roll:  



Pupil premium:










  • LPA is a partner within the Gateway Learning Community Trust [a Multi Academy Trust] which comprises one secondary school and 3 primary schools [with a fourth primary due to join the group in April 2014].
  • LPA benefits from a wider partnership with the Ormiston Children and Families Trust.
  • 72.1% of pupils are white British. This includes a number of traveller families who choose not to identify as an ethnic group.
  • The proportion of white British pupils is declining.
  • Most significant ethnic group is black African at 11.9%
  • Pupil premium indicator currently stands at 46.5% of the school
  • Free meals currently 32.7% which RoL recognizes as high 80th centile
  • SEN currently 16.6%. This has been externally moderated to ensure only identified SEN is included
  • Given challenge of area mobility is relatively low, though the new Free School presents an unknown challenge of role stability
  • The school is housed in newly refurbished accommodation with two large additions which are under 9 years old
  • Further improvements were carried on the building to provide covered outdoor play provision for reception and the creation of a dedicated outside play area for year 1 to support transition to Key Stage 1.

Collaborative partnerships

LPA actively promotes opportunities to develop partnerships to broaden its provision.  Currently partnerships have been established with the following:

  • The Gateway Learning Community Trust partner schools
  • Tilbury One Community
  • Thurrock Music Services
  • Beacon Hill Special School
  • Treetops Special School
  • Harris Chafford Hundred ‘I Can’ provision
  • Royal Opera House Production Park
  • Essex Police
  • Thurrock Council : LPA is the commissioned school for the provision of equalities and anti-bullying support for all schools in Thurrock
  • Dilkes teaching school
  • Harris Chafford Hundred Secondary Academy
  • Tilbury Excellence Trust.
  • St Luke’s Hospice


  • Gold food for life through the Thurrock and Havering meals service

Potential challenges

On entry to Reception Stage, 76% of pupils enter the school below age related expectations and this is an historic trend. In the current year, 3% of pupils entered the school in the 40-60 month category for Communication & Language; 20% for technology and 0% for all other categories.

The LPA serves an area of high deprivation: key features of which are as follows:

  • The average life expectancy of pupils within Tilbury is 10 years less than those within Thurrock [Source PCT]. This is due to factors such as smoking, poor diet and insufficient exercise.
  • Tilbury is the only Category 1 Crime Area in Essex.
  • The 2011 Census of population indicates that the ward from which the LPA draws the majority of its pupils has the highest percentage of overcrowded households.
  • Tilbury has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe.
  • Most pupils live in the immediate ward to the school. The ward is the most deprived in Thurrock. Deprivation indicator stands at 0.44 against national of 0.24

Distinctive Features

  • School holds a resource provision for up to 12 pupils identified and statemented for social communication and autism. The Principal is also head of the provision, which is funded by Thurrock LA.
  • The 2006 built early years provision is recognised for its radical design to promote learning in the early years

SECTION 1; Pupils’ attainment in the last 2 years since becoming an academy

Summary Grade:  2

The learning and progress of pupils currently in the school

Summary Grade:  2

Achievement of pupils at the Academy    

Summary Grade:  2

SECTION 2:                 The Quality of Teaching

Summary Grade:  2

Teachers expectations promotes learning, progress and enjoyment

Grade: 2

Teaching helps to develop pupils’ skills in reading, writing, communication and mathematics.

Grade: 2

Teaching strategies engage all pupils in their learning

Grade: 2

Pupils understand how to improve their own learning

Grade: 2

Teacher’s questions promote learning

Grade: 2

Monitoring of learning during lessons to support learning

Grade: 2

How teachers engage and motivate pupils

Grade: 2

How teaching promotes learning across a range of subjects and areas of learning

Grade: 2

How pupils develop the skills to learn for themselves

Grade: 2

How teaching supports the learning of pupils with a range of aptitudes and needs

Grade: 2

SECTION 3:                 Behaviour and the Safety of Pupils

Summary Grade:   2

Pupils’ Attitudes to Learning     

Grade:   2

Pupils’ Behaviour (including bullying and racist incidents)

Grade: 2

Attendance and Punctuality   

Grade:  2

Behaviour Systems and Processes (including how pupils support each other)       

Grade: 2

Pupil Safety                

Grade:   2

SECTION 4:     The Quality of Leadership and Management

Summary Grade: 2

Vision, ambition and standards

Grade: 2

Impact on teaching and learning

Grade: 2

The Curriculum (including SMSC)

Grade: 2

School Self-evaluation

Grade: 2

School Improvement and developing capacity for improvement

Grade: 2

Engaging with parents and carers in supporting pupils’ achievement, behaviour and SMSC.

Grade:  2


Grade: 1