Adamsrill Primary School

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About Adamsrill Primary School

Name Adamsrill Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Dr Increase Eko
Address Adamsrill Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 4AQ
Phone Number 02086998548
Phase Primary
Type Community school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 448 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.6
Local Authority Lewisham
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Adamsrill Primary School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils give visitors a cheerful welcome at Adamsrill Primary School. Pupils show a real interest in other people's lives and in the world around them. They are engaging, confident and witty in conversation.

This is because they are used to adults in the school listening to them, valuing them and caring for them.

Leaders and staff expect pupils to do their very best to behave well and to achieve well, and they do. Pupils are hardworking, and they rarely give up when faced with a challenge.

Staff are skilled, committed and receive the training they need to continually impr...ove. As one parent said, 'Teachers are child-led, passionate and inspiring.'

Leaders and staff plan very carefully to make sure that lessons interest pupils and help them to do well.

Staff have been highly successful in helping pupils across the school to develop 'learning behaviours'. This means that pupils benefit from talking about their learning with their classmates, giving each other feedback and respectfully challenging each other's ideas.

Staff do their very best to keep pupils safe and happy.

Pupils said that incidents of bullying are now rare, and that staff deal with any incidents quickly. Leaders find thoughtful ways of building community spirit. For example, they help families to share food boxes at Christmas.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The headteacher supports leaders to plan creatively for pupils' learning across a wide range of subjects. Leaders work collaboratively to help teachers plan lessons which make meaningful connections between subjects. Pupils are able to build their knowledge securely.

Teachers focus sharply on ensuring pupils develop mathematics skills and improve their ability to read and write. Pupils achieve highly in subjects such as music and art. It is usual to hear high-quality singing in the school.

Pupils play a variety of instruments competently. Display boards across the school show art work of exceptional quality.

Pupils enjoy a range of trips outside of school to enhance the curriculum.

During the inspection, pupils visited the Horniman Museum and Gardens and spoke with enthusiasm about the visit. Leaders make sure that interesting visitors enthuse pupils about reading and learning across the curriculum.

The new leadership team has made a strong impact on the quality of teaching and on pupils' achievement over the past year.

However, the Year 6 cohort which left the school in 2019 did not achieve as well as they should in reading and writing during key stage 2. Leaders are confident that the improvements made in the quality of education over the past year will ensure current pupils achieve much better in these subjects. Teachers are skilled and confident in teaching mathematics, and this shows itself in pupils' attainment at the end of key stages 1 and 2.

Staff have strong subject knowledge in phonics, which means that, from the earliest stages, children begin to use their phonics skills to help them read and write. Teachers choose appropriate books for individuals to read which match well to their phonics knowledge and reading ability.

Teachers and teaching assistants work very well together and are ambitious for their pupils.

They know and support pupils well. They have worked hard to help the most able pupils achieve their best, and this is beginning to show itself in pupils' work. Sometimes, activities chosen for pupils who are struggling or those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not quite meet their needs.

For example, in whole-class reading sessions, teachers provide excellent guidance to pupils on how to read books and understand them. However, on occasion, the books or texts chosen are too difficult for some pupils with low prior attainment and those pupils with SEND to engage with. These pupils lose focus.

Most pupils develop a love of reading and talk enthusiastically about the books and authors they enjoy. A range of events within and beyond school build on their enthusiasm. For example, the very successful Shakespeare project helped pupils not only to understand the complex storylines, but to write confidently about them.

Teachers have improved their teaching of writing. In the early years, children move swiftly from making marks on a page to using their knowledge of phonics to write phrases and sentences. As they move through the school, pupils learn to write in a range of forms for a range of audiences and interesting real-life purposes.

An impressive feature of learning in all subjects is pupils' ability to listen to each other and share different views. They express their thoughts and reasoning with confidence and are not afraid to 'take a risk' or be wrong. Teachers have taught pupils to challenge views respectfully and thoughtfully.

Pupils also give each other feedback on learning. This means that they are well prepared to engage with the world outside of school and to be successful in the next stage of their education.

Most parents and carers are happy with the work of the school.

Governors and leaders have worked tirelessly and effectively to improve the school. They have achieved a great deal. However, leaders need to fine-tune their current plans for improvement.

Leaders should fully evaluate the impact of actions they have already taken and prioritise future improvements to ensure all pupils achieve well.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are vigilant and well trained in all aspects of safeguarding.

Safeguarding leaders have an in-depth knowledge of every pupil who is vulnerable or in need of care. They go above and beyond their safeguarding duties in challenging external services to provide the support necessary for their pupils and families.

Adamsrill is a safe, inviting and nurturing community.

Leaders and staff understand the needs of pupils who are at risk of harm or those pupils with SEND. Pupils told inspectors that they feel safe at school.

School records on exclusion show that the number of incidents of poor behaviour has significantly reduced in the past year.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

The headteacher and leaders at all levels have been successful in improving key aspects of the school's work over the past year. They have secured improvements to the teaching of writing. The work to develop the reading curriculum has had a positive start.

The headteacher, governors and senior leaders should evaluate precisely the impact of the actions taken. Following their evaluation, leaders should refine their future plans to help support all pupils to achieve well. .

The focus placed on improving the achievement of the most able pupils is having an impact on achievement. Teachers now need to refocus on the lowest attaining pupils and those pupils with SEND to make sure that tasks and activities set for them meet their needs and help them to achieve well.Background

When we have judged a school to be good we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged Adamsrill Primary School to be good on 6–7 July 2016.