Crofton Junior School


Name Crofton Junior School
Website http://www.connectschoolsacademytrust.com
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
Address Towncourt Lane, Orpington, BR5 1EL
Phone Number 01689821716
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 704 (51.3% boys 48.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.0
Academy Sponsor Connect Schools Academy Trust
Local Authority Bromley
Percentage Free School Meals 6.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 10.2%
Persistent Absence 2.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.1%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about this school

This is very large junior school, with six classes in each year group, situated in the outer London suburb of Petts Wood. Most pupils are White British, though the school has an ethnically very diverse population, with small numbers of pupils from many different heritages. About one in every ten pupils receives pupil premium funding; this is below the national average.

The proportion of pupils who the school assesses to have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school is within the Connect Schools Academy Trust. The trust also contains Crofton Infant School, with which the junior school works closely and has the same headteacher.

The junior school also shares with the infant school some other staff members, policies and its local governing body. Governors carry out some functions on behalf of the trustees, especially holding the school leaders to account. The trust’s chief executive officer and an executive headteacher oversee both Crofton schools as well as others within the trust.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Teaching is inspiring. It is of a consistently very high standard. Pupils behave excellently.

They are highly committed learners, care for each other, and share fun and laughter together. Pupils achieve very well. Their reading, writing and mathematical learning is excellent.

Pupils do well too in all the other subjects, including the performing arts and sport. They enjoy their wide range of learning. Higher-attaining pupils additionally benefit from very well planned, exciting, specialist activities in the ‘academy’ provision.

Disadvantaged pupils, as well as those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), achieve very well. Pupils feel very well cared for, safe and secure. Staff care for them closely.

Their attendance rate is high. School leaders set clear, ambitious objectives and make sure these are reached. Leaders are approachable and highly committed.

They constantly try new ideas and the school is self-improving. The trustees carry out their strategic responsibilities very well. The local governing body challenges the school effectively.

The curriculum is broad and very stimulating. It allows all pupils to shine in some way, and to learn deeply. However, there is some room for further improvement in the planning of some subjects, including art, geography and religious education (RE), and for educational visits.

Rightly, leaders are addressing these things. Parents and carers are very pleased. One commented for many: ‘I would strongly recommend the school and absolutely regard it as outstanding.