Brindishe Lee School

Name Brindishe Lee School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 03 October 2011
Address Wantage Road, Lee Green, London, SE12 8NA
Phone Number 02083184626
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 267 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.3
Local Authority Lewisham
Percentage Free School Meals 9.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 30.7%
Persisitent Absence 6.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Brindishe Lee is an average-sized primary school serving a diverse community. There are 18 different ethnic groups within the school, with half of the pupils being White British. The other pupils are from minority ethnic groups, with half speaking a first language other than English. A fifth of the pupils have special educational needs and/ or disabilities. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is lower than the national average. The school is part of a hard federation with Brindishe Green School and, more recently, has entered into a partnership with Lee Manor School. The executive headteacher, associate headteacher and Chair of the Governing Body have remained in post since before the last inspection. The school holds many awards, including the Gold Cultural Diversity Quality Standard, the Inclusion Mark, Artsmark Gold, the Geography Mark Gold and the Sportsmark Gold.

Main findings

Brindishe Lee provides an outstanding education for its pupils. This diverse school community is exceptionally harmonious and cohesive, and pupils’ individuality and uniqueness are highly valued and celebrated. Adults ensure that pupils feel extremely safe and the needs of each individual are met very well. Pupils’ strong enjoyment of school is reflected in the improving attendance rate which is now high. These factors combine to ensure that pupils’ behaviour throughout the school is exemplary. By the time they leave at the end of Year 6, pupils are confident, well-rounded individuals, prepared to play a full part in life beyond school. Children make an excellent start in the Nursery. The wide range of high quality activities provided across the Early Years Foundation Stage ensures that they learn effectively and make outstanding progress. By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils’ attainment is high and they achieve very well. The school has done well to reverse the downturn in the attainment of more-able pupils in the recent past. Effective strategies to encourage pupils to solve higher-level number problems expressed in words have led to all pupils, including the more able, making particularly good progress in mathematics. Progress in writing, although excellent, is not quite as rapid as that in reading and pupils, both within the school and across the federation, are not always given time to reflect upon, or act on, teachers’ feedback. The leadership and management of teaching and learning are strong. As a result, the overwhelming majority of teaching is outstanding. Pupils are appropriately challenged in lessons through excellent questioning and activities that are well-matched to their ages and abilities. All pupils, including the potentially vulnerable, are extremely well-cared for, guided and supported. Pupils who speak English as an additional language acquire English quickly. They make excellent progress, as do pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, because of particularly good, targeted support, which is tailored to individual needs. As at the last inspection, floor space in the school is at a premium, but it is exceptionally well-used, and the limitations are regarded positively because pupils learn to move carefully around the building, paying close attention to their own and others’ safety. Parents and carers are very pleased with the quality of education provided for their children and their comments are reflected in the views of one who said, ‘In a nutshell, this is simply a lovely primary school filled with staff who are keen to go the extra mile for the benefit of our children and those in the wider schools’ community.’ The school’s success stems from the strong leadership of the executive headteacher who is very well supported by the committed governing body, the associate headteacher and senior leaders. The school has an accurate understanding of its strengths and weaknesses and its self-evaluation is thorough. There are exceptionally strong links with outside agencies and local secondary schools. Excellent opportunities for sharing staff and resources are provided by the federation with Brindishe Green School and the partnership with Lee Manor School, and these further enhance the school’s outstanding capacity to improve.