Christ Church CofE Primary School (Purley)

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Christ Church CofE Primary School (Purley)

Name Christ Church CofE Primary School (Purley)
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Montpelier Road, Purley, CR8 2QE
Phone Number 02086607500
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 391 (48.3% boys 51.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.5
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 15.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 31.7%
Persisitent Absence 9.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 13%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (02 November 2011)
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Information about the school

The school is of average size, with a growing proportion of pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities, currently slightly above average. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is below the national average, while the proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is high. A higher-than-average number of pupils enter the school at times other than is customary and over the recent past there have been a number of staff changes. When children enter the school in the Early Years Foundation Stage, they are put into one of two parallel Reception classes. The school has a range of awards including ICT Mark and Basic Skills Award.

Main findings

Christ Church is a good school, providing a good education for its pupils. Pupils are making good progress in response to good teaching and their personal development is good overall. They are exceptionally well cared for, achieve well and thoroughly enjoy lessons. The school is improving because leaders, managers and other staff are working together well towards clear goals. The school has made good progress since the last inspection and has addressed all of the issues noted at that time. The school now has a number of strengths. Pupils’ attendance is high compared to the national average and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. The school has developed the curriculum with a number of innovations, for example the use made of the home-learning platform linking parents more closely with the school curriculum. Well-chosen topics make it very interesting and memorable for pupils. The care with which the school treats all of its pupils, especially those identified as vulnerable, is outstanding and accounts for much of the improvement in pupils’ personal development. Notwithstanding recent issues of increasing the size of the school, which polarised the parent and carer group into two distinct view points, relationships with parents and carers are excellent. This has helped attendance to be high. Although attainment is above average by the end of Year 6, writing still remains the weakest aspect of pupils’ work in English. In previous years attainment has been significantly above the national average, although last year it was much more of an average picture. This was, in the main, due to higher proportions of pupils with special educational needs. As there is only one class in each year group, differences in ability and progress are sometimes quite extreme based on pupils’ levels of skills, knowledge and understanding on entry to the school. Teaching is good overall, with a small minority of satisfactory teaching and learning seen during the inspection. Relationships are excellent and all teachers make good use of technology such as the interactive whiteboards, while pupils make good use of netbooks. The newly built Early Years Foundation Stage block is managed well by the practitioners who provide well for all children and ensure that progress is good. This is especially the case in personal, social, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy development. Improvements made since the last inspection in many aspects of the leadership and management of the school, the school’s good self-evaluation work and the clear plans for further developments, ensure that the successful senior leadership team has good capacity to make further improvements. The staff questionnaires show that staff are very supportive of leadership and understand the importance of their part in school improvement.