Alexandra Infant School

Name Alexandra Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Kent House Road, Beckenham, BR3 1JG
Phone Number 020 87784714
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 195
Local Authority Bromley
Catchment Area Information Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about the school

This is a smaller-than-average infant school with a specialist unit that provides for a small number of pupils with autistic spectrum disorder. Early Years Foundation Stage children are taught in two Reception classes. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. There is a slightly above average proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Most of these pupils have speech, language and communication needs or behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is above average. A small minority of pupils speak English as an additional language. Very few are at an early stage of learning English. The school has achieved a number of nationally recognised awards, including Artsmark Gold and the International Schools Award. The school has exceeded the government’s floor targets for academic performance in each of the last three years.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and pupils in Years 1 and 2 thrive academically and personally in the school’s caring and inclusive environment. The school works successfully to promote pupils’ independence, strong social skills and very positive attitudes to learning. Teaching is excellent. Planning is astute and activities ensure pupils are challenged and enthused. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Children get off to an excellent start in the Reception classes. Progress through Years 1 and 2 is outstanding. Pupils’ attainment in teacher assessments at the end of Year 2 is consistently high in reading, writing and mathematics. The school works very effectively to meet the specific needs of all pupils. All groups of pupils, including pupils in the specialist unit, those who speak English as an additional language and pupils experiencing difficult circumstances, receive the additional help and guidance that they need in order to learn and progress extremely well. Leaders and managers at all levels, including members of the governing body, and the staff work very well together as a strong team. They have secured sustained enhancements to many aspects of the school’s work since the previous inspection, including teaching, the curriculum and provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Attendance has improved and is above average, although there remain a few persistent absences. In the survey, the very large majority of parents and carers confirmed that their children are happy at school and almost all agreed that their child feels safe at school. Pupils are very friendly and welcoming. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is excellent and pupils have a very clear understanding of how to keep themselves safe.