Aerodrome Primary Academy

Name Aerodrome Primary Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Goodwin Road, Croydon, CR0 4EJ
Phone Number 02086884975
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 489 (51.1% boys 48.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.4
Academy Sponsor Reach2 Academy Trust
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 36.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 40.3%
Persisitent Absence 8.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (14 June 2016)
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Information about this school

The school is much larger than the average-sized two-form-entry primary school, with a Nursery, two Reception classes and an additional class in Year 4. The Nursery provides part-time provision for 52 children. Most children transfer to Reception at the end of their time in the Nursery. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, the additional government funding, is above average. The funding is used to provide additional support for pupils eligible for free school meals or looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils receiving special educational needs support is above average, while the proportion with a statement or an education, health and care plan is high. A high proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The school serves an ethnically diverse community and a high proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic groups. The main groups of pupils are White British, pupils of African and Caribbean backgrounds and pupils from any other White background. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about safeguarding and admissions on its website. The new policy is available, but governors will not be ratifying it until July 2016. The school runs a breakfast club and after-school club. The school is part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, which is the main governing body with legal and strategic responsibilities for all REAch2 schools. The local governing body focuses on the day-to-day responsibilities. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher and other senior leaders are ambitious and effective. Governors provide challenge and are clear about the school’s priorities for improvement. Outcomes have improved in the past year. Pupils are making better progress as a result of a sharper focus on developing their literacy and numeracy skills. Behaviour is good and systems for keeping pupils safe are effective. Pupils feel safe and develop trusting relationships with staff. They get on well together and support each other. Overall, the quality of teaching is good. Teachers use a wide range of resources to motivate pupils and reinforce their learning. Good provision for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities ensures they are integrated well into the school community. Clear lines of accountability and strong emphasis on developing teaching give staff a clear focus on school improvement. The curriculum is exciting and tailored to pupils’ needs. Pupils enjoy the wide range of subjects taught. They particularly enjoy information and communication technology (ICT), art, music and the many enrichment activities on offer. The school works well with parents and other partners to raise pupils’ aspirations. Early years children achieve well and have good access to a stimulating learning environment. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Work set in class does not always challenge pupils as much as it could. This is particularly the case for pupils’ spelling, punctuation and grammar. Attendance has improved overall, but it remains too low for some individual pupils. The academy trust and leaders have an overinflated view of the school’s performance because assessment information is not analysed sharply enough. Ofsted_Logo_Black_RGB