General information about Becontree Primary School
Becontree Primary School is a successful, inclusive, multi-cultural, two form entry primary school situated in the Becontree Ward of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Barking and Dagenham is an outer London borough.
We pride ourselves on providing high quality education and care for the 500 children aged 3 to 11 who attend the school. The local community benefit from a Children's Centre that is situated on the same site. Established partnership working with 7 other local schools has been in place since April 2016 as part of our membership of the PACE Trust.
Becontree over time
Becontree Primary School began its life in October 1922. Since then, both the physical environment and the quality of education have undergone many changes that have led to significant improvements in all aspects of the school’s work.
In 2007, significant refurbishment work was carried out to establish the current layout and services provided from the school site. One end of the site houses a local authority Children’s Centre whilst the other end forms the front entrance of the school with an administration department and additional hall. The school is spacious and very well equipped with a large library, an ICT suite, a computing curriculum suite, additional teaching bases and three spacious halls. All teaching spaces are fitted with digital projectors, Visualisers and a lap top with internet connection. The CC4 server significantly enhances IT capabilities across the school.
In recent years the school population has changed considerably with approximately 80% of our pupils coming from ethnic minority backgrounds; many who do not speak English as their first language.
75% of our current school population is made up of the following ethnic groups: White British (23%), Any other white background (16%), Black African (11%), Bangladeshi (13%) and Pakistani (12%). 39 different languages are spoken by children at the school.
Quality first teaching and additional support ensures that all groups of children make excellent progress and quickly acquire new vocabulary and language skills in English to enable them to access the curriculum.
There is currently 26% of the school population identified as Pupil Premium. Additional funding is allocated to the school in order to support learning and progress for this group of children. Our school website provides a summary of spending and impact.
A shared vision and core purpose
Following the retirement of the previous Headteacher, I was appointed as the new Headteacher at Becontree in April 2017. I am fortunate to have the support of a strong team of leaders (including governors), teachers, support staff, Becontree School Association (BSA) and parents/carers who all contribute to our shared vision of being a centre of excellence in the local community, in all aspects of our work.
Learning is at the heart of everything we do
The school benefits from having an additional teacher in most year groups. This model ensures that quality first teaching is well matched to children’s varying levels of attainment and has a very positive impact on outcomes for children and the workload of staff.
From often very low starting points children in our Early Years Foundation Stage make very good progress in their learning. Attainment in Key Stage 1 and 2 at the end of the 2016 academic year was higher than national in all respects. This is a fantastic achievement as a result of the high expectations, passion, hard work and commitment that all members of our school community show in ensuring our children access highly effective teaching and learning every day.
Our children are confident, independent individuals who love learning. Across the school they behave well and demonstrate positive attitudes and high levels of engagement. They access a progressive, broad, balanced and rich range of learning experiences during their time at the school.
The school achieved a GOOD rating from Ofsted (September 2012) in all four areas of:
This was the first time the school had been graded as GOOD. A full copy of the school’s Ofsted Report can be found on the school website.
All of these achievements are testament to the work that has been driven by leaders and consistently implemented by all members of the school community over time.
Values, Culture and Ethos
Becontree is a very happy and supportive place to work and learn. Stable staffing over several years is reflective of the positive culture we have. There are currently over 70 members of staff employed at our school, who work as a cohesive team. Clear expectations ensure that each individual understands the vital contribution they make to the success of the school and outcomes for children. Feedback from visitors and supply teachers is overwhelmingly positive and new members of staff experience a warm welcome and effective induction, ensuring they quickly feel a sense of belonging.
We are very proud to have consistently improved outcomes for children’s learning whilst maintaining and developing a safe, inclusive and nurturing culture and ethos. Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and our work in this area is informed and supported by clear procedures and policies.
Our school motto, Respecting One Another, is very important to us. It underpins all aspects of our work and permeates school life on a daily basis. As a result, our children behave well within a harmonious learning community and all members of our community are valued and respected.
Partnership with parents is key to our success and we continue to develop our work in this area. Before and after school care for children has been available to parents for a fee for several years. Our full time Parent Support Adviser plays a vital role in building links with parents and providing support to our children and their families.
The school works in close partnership with other schools in the PACE Trust and the local authority and continually strives to improve the learning environment, education and opportunities for all of our children.