Gillespie Primary School

Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religion Does not apply
Address Gillespie Road
London
N5 1LH
Phone 02072266840
Reference Number 100405

Description

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Gillespie Primary School, located at Gillespie Road, Highbury, London N5 1LH, is a highly esteemed community school that caters to students from ages 3 to 11. In its last Ofsted inspection in 2023, the school was rated as Outstanding, and it is among the top 5 most oversubscribed state primary schools in Islington for first preference Reception place applications.

The school's attainment and progress are deemed excellent across maths, reading, and writing, making it a top area performer according to the Schools Guide. In the average cohort, the school has maintained an average class size of 30 pupils, with one class per year.

According to Schoolsmith scores, Gillespie Primary School ranks among the best in state primary schools in Highbury and one of the top 4 independent or state primaries within 1 mile. The school has enjoyed exceptional results in the National Curriculum Tests, placing it in the top 6% of schools in the country for attainment and in the top 5% for progress.

Beyond academic achievements, the school's curriculum emphasizes STEAM education by utilizing 'Lab-13' and offering regular educational trips, visiting speakers, and a residential trip for Year 6. Classes typically receive most of their lessons from their class teacher, with specialist teachers for music and science. A diverse variety of sports and creative arts, ranging from art and music to dance and drama, are also presented through school clubs and competitive representational teams.

Gillespie Primary School offers out-of-school hours care from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with part of this provided by school staff during the day and by an external contractor in the evenings. The school's motto, "Growing Together," speaks to the Headteacher's pride in fostering an inclusive community that thrives with a range of backgrounds and cultures.

General Makeup

Number of pupils 225
Boy/Girl ratio Boys: 47.56%
Girls: 52.44%

Year Groups

Year Number of pupils
1 30
2 30
3 29
4 30
5 28
6 30

Ofsted Rating Outstanding
Last Inspection Date 2020-02-07
Date Description Report
2023-11-07 School inspection: School inspection:
2020-01-21 Monitoring visit Monitoring visit
2011-02-01 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2008-04-30 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2005-04-18 Full inspection Full inspection

How many students meet the standards

Reading, Writing & Maths School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
Pupils meeting the expected standard 83% Upgrade Upgrade
Pupils meeting a higher standard 7% Upgrade Upgrade

Average Scaled Score

Results are converted into scaled scores to allow accurate comparisons of performance over time even if the difficulty of the test varies over time. Scaled scores range from 80 to 120.

Subject School Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
Reading 109 Upgrade Upgrade
Maths 110 Upgrade Upgrade

Progress Scores

A progress score is a way to measure how well a student progressed in comparison to other students of a similar starting ability. A score of zero means would mean that a student made the same progress as others that had a similar starting a ability. A positive score would mean that the student made more progress than other students of similar starting ability. The scores below are for the whole school so is the average progress score across all students.

Metric School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
Reading 1.3 Upgrade Upgrade
Writing 0.6 Upgrade Upgrade
Maths 3.2 Upgrade Upgrade

How many students meet the standards

Average Scaled Score

Results are converted into scaled scores to allow accurate comparisons of performance over time even if the difficulty of the test varies over time. Scaled scores range from 80 to 120.

Progress Scores

A progress score is a way to measure how well a student progressed in comparison to other students of a similar starting ability. A score of zero means would mean that a student made the same progress as others that had a similar starting a ability. A positive score would mean that the student made more progress than other students of similar starting ability. The scores below are for the whole school so is the average progress score across all students.

2023 Admissions

Number of Applications Number of Offers
First Preference Upgrade Upgrade
Second Preference 80 0
Third Preference 49 0
From another Local Authority 54 2

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Students getting 5 or more GCSE's at grade 9-4 (A-C)

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